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A tale of two depths

Despite the regular despair of the 1980s, there was honour in watching Australia's struggles back then

Ricky Ponting's international retirement

Australia's second-best, without a doubt

Think not of Ricky Ponting as the batsman of the last couple of years - and particularly the past fortnight. Remember that for almost a decade Ponting was the best batsman in the world's best team

A cage-fighting England captain

Most cricketers take to golf after retirement. Adam Hollioake chose mixed martial arts, and came out alive and with a respectable draw, in his first professional fight

An irreplaceable man

Twenty years after Peter Roebuck's last first-class game he was still struggling and often despairing, searching for something to fulfill him

Australia v England 2010-11

John Hastings fine-tunes for World Cup battle

John Hastings is a giant allrounder who is new on the scene and preparing for a bits-and-pieces role in Australia's World Cup defence

Australia v England, 5th ODI, Brisbane

Clarke lauds team effort in series win

Michael Clarke has praised his players for their sudden turnaround following the Ashes after their comprehensive win over England at the Gabba secured an unassailable 4-1 lead

Australia v England, 5th ODI, Brisbane

Clarke deserves some goodwill

Michael Clarke is no prima donna leader, but large chunks of the Australian cricket public still haven't warmed to him

England in Australia 2010-11

Clarke desperate to end form slump

Michael Clarke, Australia's out-of-form captain, remains so determined to end his form struggle that he asked to play for his club side in Sydney today