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Shoaib Malik retired hurt after taking a blow to his forearm

The case for sledging

Whether it's acceptable or not is another matter, but there's no denying that sledging works

Nathan Lyon is thrilled after trapping Kyle Abbott leg before

Nice, Garry!

You've heard the chant. What has gone into the making of the accidental cult of Nathan Lyon?

Mitchell Johnson thinks things over, perched on Mount Eden

Resilient

The full Mitch

Johnson's 392-page autobiography is exhaustive in its chronicling of how a boy from Townsville came to be Australian cricketing royalty

Shaun Marsh bats in the nets

How to survive the good net

Our ageing correspondent deals with the challenge of facing his team's young, muscular quick

A video on Phillip Hughes is screened at his funeral service

How important is hostility?

Australian cricket jealously protects the right to intimidate. It's who we are, we've always been this way, and we're proud of it

Niall O'Brien profile photo

Born in Ireland, toughened in Aussie

Niall O'Brien remembers his experiences of playing grade cricket down under, and making friends called Burto, Pidgey and Bakes