Andy Zaltzman

Andy Zaltzman is a stand-up comedian, a regular on BBC Radio 4, and a writer

Gary Ballance walks off after playing on to Alasdair Evans

What We Have Learned

The World Cup is too long (or not)

Listen up, children. Also: full swinging deliveries still work

Moeen Ali brought up his fifty off just 39 deliveries

Eng v Sco, Group A, Christchurch

Moeen fights a lone battle

While he stroked his way to a fluent and majestic hundred, his team-mates struggled to find the boundaries, something that is very likely to cost England in their upcoming games

England's bowlers could not find a way past Brendon McCullum

World Cup 2015

Warning: Meltdown imminent

All West Indies and New Zealand had to do in their respective matches was simply turn up and wait for their opponents to shoot themselves. In fact, they didn't even have to wait

Hamid Hassan appeals for a caught behind

Afg v Ban, Group A, Canberra

This is how good the World Cup could be

Hamid's headband, Shapoor's distance sprint to the wicket, and Mirwais' shining scalp provided examples of the glories of an inclusive global tournament

Indian fans enjoy themselves at the Adelaide Oval

India v Pakistan, World Cup 2015, Group B, Adelaide

The veritable spotter's guide to the Cheer

The ball-by-ball structure of cricket gives its crowd noise a hypnotic rhythm, the stadium rising and falling with each major event, most minor events, and some non-events

A disappointed James Taylor watches Australia celebrate

Australia v England, World Cup 2015, Group A, Melbourne

England surrender to their sense of inferiority

There is nothing more dangerous than peaking too early - apart from being patently inferior to one of your main rivals. Not for the first time, England looked in danger at the MCG

Mushfiqur Rahim has the attention of his squad

The World Cup Achilles heel report

A look at potential banana peels for some teams, with specific instructions for paramedics and physios