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Cover image of Simon Lister's <i>Fire in Babylon : How the West Indies cricket team brought a people to its feet</i>

Fire in Babylon

A story of Caribbean empowerment

Inspired by the film, the book of the same name looks at the rise of a West Indies team alongside the life of its immigrant people in Britain

Shivnarine Chanderpaul leaps in celebration after his match-winning six

Don't miss the ending

That a game, lasting between 20 overs and five days, can be decided on the fate of the final delivery, is remarkable

Andrew Strauss and Tom Harrison meet the media

All aboard the ECB bus

A recent interview with the England board's CEO Tom Harrison was a reflection of the ECB's priorities - and the issues it would like swept out of sight

Ed Joyce faces up

Lost in cricket

To play truly well one must lose the words of the coach, the press, and the self, and revel in time spent at the crease

The England players walk off after their 13-run loss

Will the new England last the Ashes?

They have been playing attacking, unfettered limited-overs cricket, but an Ashes series is a different battle altogether

Silver cigarette box inscribed to Douglas Jardine by members of 1932-33 England team to Australia


Collect call

There are few stronger symptoms of cricketomania, as John Arlott once wrote, than the pursuit of memorabilia

Surrey members watch from the pavilion

How long will they keep turning up?

The hardy, seasoned supporters of the county game still show up, but something like the latest KP episode might leave the younger generation of fans disillusioned

Agony and ecstasy: Dale Steyn slipped but Grant Elliott did not

When defeats haunt

The losing team has much to ponder over the what-could-have-beens in close matches; in a one-sided game, the past is put to rest quickly