Rob Steen

Rob Steen is a sportswriter and senior lecturer in sports journalism at the University of Brighton. His book Floodlights and Touchlines: A History of Spectator Sport is out now

Michael Atherton and Nasser Hussain

What makes a good commentator?

The best are subtle, unhurried cheerleaders who never rush to judgement but rise above the din

Imran Tahir takes a catch off his own bowling to dismiss Lahiru Thirimanne

It's white-knuckle time

The best-laid plans can come spectacularly undone in knockout situations. Which is why we love them

New Zealand bat against Australia

Of Citizen Kane and brave captains

The Amiss awards for the first third of the World Cup - named for a batsman who knew a thing or two about courage and common sense

Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray ahead of the 2015 Australian Open men's singles final

Equality v excellence: what's your pick?

In the last few years, a handful of players have dominated tennis; in cricket, the playing field has never been more level

AB de Villiers blasted away the record for the fastest ODI century, getting there in only 31 balls

Gimme slimmer bats over fatter records

Unlike in baseball, where you could mistake Babe Ruth's slugger for a modern-day one, in cricket the difference in sizes and weights is mind-boggling - and harmful

The nine captains with the trophy

In search of the perfect World Cup format

There have been several changes in the number of participating teams, each inviting flak. Yet another change will be in force come 2019

Umpires Nigel Llong and Richard Kettleborough check the light

Non-neutral umpires? No thanks

It might seem like there isn't a need for "independent" umpires these days, but imagine the outrage if a home umpire appears guilty of favouritism