Ashley Mallett

Ashley Mallett took 132 wickets in 38 Tests for Australia. He has written biographies of Clarrie Grimmett, Doug Walters, Jeff Thomson, Ian Chappell, and most recently of Dr Donald Beard, The Diggers' Doctor

Brendon McCullum leads his players off the field

Brendon McCullum, honorary Aussie

The New Zealand captain's attitude and approach have rubbed off on his team-mates, and they are now firm favourites for the title

An Aboriginal side captained by Tom Wills at the MCG in 1866

The first Boxing Day classic

Nearly 150 years ago, the MCG saw the start of a much-loved tradition, with a match starring Aboriginal players

Cartoon: John Gleeson glares at the umpire

Gleeson the enforcer

When the former offspinner adopted unconventional tactics to help the Australians save a tour game in Bangalore

Alan Davidson enjoys his lunch

Big-hearted, broad-shouldered Davo

Former Australia allrounder Alan Davidson was a devastating fast bowler and a generous batsman, who has spent his life serving Australian sport in various capacities

A lesson from the gnome

Clarrie Grimmett knew a thing or two about bowling