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Chris Lynn dispatches a short-pitched delivery for a six

The story of the six

The currency of cricket's economy

For a long time batting's most rewarding stroke, the six, was not identified with its foremost exponents. There was attacking batsmanship, of course. But six-hitting tended to be a facility of specialist practitioners, usually down the order.

A man watching cricket

Cricket in fiction

Class (struggle) is permanent

Overshadowed by greater writers, Dudley Carew and Bruce Hamilton wrote cricket novels set in the old world but with contemporary concerns

Cover of <i>The Meaning of Cricket</i>

The Meaning of Cricket

A keen eye, a beating heart

A collection of Jon Hotten's writing that is lively with insight and anecdote, and informed by the persona of the knowledgeable and fascinated practitioner

Richie Benaud rehearses at the Channel 7 studio in Sydney ahead of the match between Western Australia and the MCC in Perth

Richie Benaud, 1930-2015

The sound of silence

Over an illustrious commentary career, Richie Benaud developed a distinctive voice, at once authoritative and warm

Steve Waugh signs copies of his book during the launch of his new book, <i>Ashes Diary 2001'</i>

Feature

Captains' chronicles

How players' accounts of touring life evolved from terse reportage to colourful insider tales to vanilla detailing

Martin Crowe bats

1962-2016

Martin the invincible

At the crease Crowe was elegant and imposing. Off it, especially after he left cricket, he was completely alive, always in the moment, and possessed of a desire to learn