Christian Ryan

Christian Ryan is a writer based in Melbourne. He is the author of Golden Boy and Australia: Story of a Cricket Country. His new book is Rock Country

The Australians celebrate a wicket

The wow and the sheesh

Coloured clothes, black sightscreens, two white balls: the game of cricket looked so different in 1992. But writing about it now seems more fun than watching it then

Shane Warne talks to fans in South Africa


Five pictures

How much can moments captured in still frames tell you about the people in them? More than you can imagine

Gary Gilmour in action against the English Taverners

The forgotten Australian allrounder

On his day, Gary Gilmour could change the game with bat or ball, but a debilitating foot injury, the Packer era and an offhand attitude to fitness meant he played his last Test at 25

Shaun Marsh survived a run out chance when Ryan McLaren couldn't gather the ball

Watching Ashton Agar

When you make 98 from No. 11 on debut, it is your premature fate to never just be another name on a teamsheet

Shaun Marsh survived a run out chance when Ryan McLaren couldn't gather the ball

The Marsh mystery

He looks like one of Australia's top six batsmen, doesn't make the necessary runs in first-class cricket, briefly dazzles in Tests, goes away, then comes back

Kevin Pietersen plays an extraordinary reverse-sweep off Muttiah Muralitharan for six

Why is it always about the team?

Insiders consider Kevin Pietersen's lack of "teamliness" his biggest flaw but spectators love to watch him play. So who matters more?

Fans try to catch a six

The 52nd six

Watching and hearing a six hit at a ground is a visceral experience, even in an age when sixes are the norm, not the exception

Faint fluttering decibels

Bill Lawry, no stranger, returns, with his gift to articulate precisely what the viewer is thinking

A view of play at Adelaide Oval

A cricket ground's song

What makes a special cricket place special? At Adelaide Oval, part of it is that going to the cricket is about not having to watch the cricket