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I hope he's lying on the table in there half-dead. Otherwise, as captain, I would not be happy

Allan Border is not pleased with how Matt Renshaw left the field retired hurt to tend to a stomach upset in the Pune Test

Why we need needle

Scott Oliver: We all enjoy watching a little pettiness, bad blood and low-grade squabbling between players, let's admit it

Fickle finger of Tim Paine's fate

Daniel Brettig: Multiple surgeries and a loss of form and confidence pushed him into the shadows, but he will return for Tasmania this week

'I don't talk nonsense'

Polite Enquiries: Mohammad Hafeez tries to make sense of his nickname, and reveals the one thing he would like to get better at

From Gower to Root

England cricket has changed leaders over the years, but our photographer has remained the same

Crime and the ICC stick

Warnings, fines, bans and let-offs: a short history of penalties and breaches under the code of conduct. By Alok Prasanna Kumar

Australian cricket's two Indias

Daniel Brettig: For long, Australians expected hardships off the field on tours of India. These days the difficulties are all out in the middle

Emma Lai walks on the grass

The story of the cricket-club waitress who was playing for her national team within a year of picking up a bat for the first time. By Jarrod Kimber

You betcha!

From Lord Tennyson to Lillee - a look at ten cases of gambling in cricket

Aussies in Asia

How many can you get right in our quiz on Australia's subcontinental tours?

Murder on the square

Cricket was the backdrop for two recent murder mysteries on television, but why weren't the motives related to the game?

Class (struggle) is permanent

Gideon Haigh recommends two cricket novels: Dudley Carew's The Son of Grief and Bruce Hamilton's Pro

Gilly and Warnie, pack your bags

Who makes it to all-time visiting XIs to India, Pakistan, New Zealand, West Indies and Sri Lanka? By Anantha Narayanan

A leggie with nerve and verve

Mason Crane has already prompted much excited chatter, but the young Hampshire legspinner is putting in the hard yards to take the next step up

Why isolating the BCCI is bad politics

Sambit Bal: The dismantling of the Big Three regime offered the opportunity to forge a collaboration for a new global order in cricket, but that has gone to waste

Where are the female umpires?

Firdose Moonda: Women's cricket might have come on in leaps and bounds in recent times, but there are all too few women in charge behind the stumps

The press-box wars

Australia v India is a tense, loaded, complicated affair. And we're not even talking about the players. By Peter English

Does cricket have a drinking problem?

Nicholas Hogg: The link between cricket and booze is not new, but the promotion of alcohol in the game has reached saturation point now

Ducks and bunnies

Does Suzie Bates know what records she has set for New Zealand?

Keeping your ear on the ball

Blind cricket looks and sounds very different to its mainstream counterpart, but it is just as much of a batsman's game. By Alagappan Muthu

Gower and Cowdrey go down memory lane

The two former England batsmen talk to Nicholas Hogg about the captains they admired, and looking at the past through rose-tinted glasses

The other Wasim

In 1996, a teenage boy from Rawalpindi played what they called an unforgettable innings on debut. Soon that boy was forgotten

Why today's Test opener isn't a Sehwag

Test teams are looking for solidity at the top, and batsmen are comfortable specialising in the format that suits their style. By Karthik Krishnaswamy

Wrong place, wrong time

Michael Jeh: All too many cricketers do not make it to the big leagues for reasons that are not to do with their performance on the field

Does sledging work?

Whether it's acceptable or not is another matter, but there's no denying sledging generally achieves what it sets out to do. By Sam Perry

What Gayle tells us

Jon Hotten: As he stands on the verge of reaching 10,000 runs in T20s, he is a reminder of what is possible in the game

More power to Diana Edulji

Sharda Ugra: A pioneer for the cause of Indian women's cricket, she is now the only cricketer on the BCCI's interim panel of administrators

Why was Andre Russell banned?

An explainer of the World Anti-Doping Agency's whereabouts rules, which the West Indies allrounder was found to have violated

The best visitors

In the first half of his two-part analysis, Anantha Narayanan compiles best visiting XIs for Australia, England and South Africa

'I've never had a better coffee'

But it's not all rosy, with unsatisfactory gym sessions, dodgy style statements and ever-present travel woes in our Twitter round-up

How good is Jasprit Bumrah?

Numbers Game: His outstanding numbers, especially in the slog overs, mean that a vital component of India's bowling problem has been addressed

Champions

Meet the new West Indian quartet: Hayley, Deandra, Anisa and Stafanie

When Sri Lanka went to cuckoo land

Tony Opatha led a rebel side to South Africa in 1982 - a tour on which a certain ill-suppressed madness lurked around the edges. By Luke Alfred

Take me for example

Simon Barnes wonders why we expect our sportspersons to be role models

Categorically Ben

Alan Gardner: It is easy to pigeonhole Stokes as a brash, combative allrounder, but there is more to him, as his frank autobiography reveals

When the new ball reverses

Is it reverse swing or contrast swing? There is a difference between the two; a better understanding of it would enhance the effectiveness of the skill

About time too

How will Alastair Cook's search for the right one go?

The rise of the tall run chase

Numbers Game: The new fielding restriction rules may well have forced teams to adopt a strategy more suited to gunning down big targets

'We were ahead of our time'

Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes, cricket's most iconic opening partnership, on the good times and the bad

The Christmas Day Test everyone forgot

For decades, Adelaide had a tradition of cricket matches on Christmas Day, including a mostly forgotten five-dayer in 1967. By Brydon Coverdale

'How'd I do that?'

Thirty years on, Tom Moody reflects on Australia's World Cup triumph of 1987 - the tournament no one expected them to win

Pakistan cricket's Sikh hope

Mahinder Pal Singh is looking to become the first cricketer from his community to play for his country. By Umar Farooq

Small wonder

In our series on cricket in fiction, we look at RK Narayan's Swami and Friends

When Schultz slung 'em in

Luke Alfred: South Africa's Brett Schultz was fast and fearsome, but for all-too-short a while

The curious case of Shakib Al Hasan

Numbers Game: His stats put him among the best allrounders in the game, which makes his reckless blunders all the more vexing

The little publishers

Paul Edwards on the men and women who populate the niche market for cricket books in the UK

All eyes on women's cricket?

Raf Nicholson: It's time the others followed Cricket Australia's example of providing exposure to the women's game

Peter Roebuck's Somerset agony

David Hopps on newly published material that reveals Roebuck's despair at being made a scapegoat for the decision to release the club's West Indian stars

Jozi v CPT: let the fur fly

What do Capetonians think of Johannesburg? Andrew Fernando is privy to some heavy-duty inter-city rivalry

The magic of getting all ten

And what of those who are left with nine? Or the wicketless duds at the other end? By Nicholas Hogg

'We want to play expansive cricket'

Coach Russell Domingo talks about South Africa's recovery from the slump they fell into in 2015-16, and what he expects from the coming year

Can you hate Adam Gilchrist?

Emma John found it infuriating that despite being an England supporter at the receiving end of Gilly's bat, she couldn't loathe him

The sad pleasures of the KP sunset

Jon Hotten: At 36, Kevin Pietersen still exudes the aura of a superstar. It is a pity that international cricket no longer has the benefit of his presence

Boof, part deux

Review: Lehmann's second autobiography offers a compelling window into his philosophies and experiences, but it's not quite timed perfectly

Stingy ladies

Women's bowling nominees: Goswami, Dottin and Co - you won't get runs out of them

Mostly miserly

Associate bowling nominees: Remember Munis Ansari's spell in Oman's victory over Ireland at the World T20?

Bat like an Afghan

Associate batting nominations: Featuring "Baby Afridi" v West Indies

Australia's Mr Dependable

Numbers Game: After 26 Tests, Josh Hazlewood's stats are not dissimilar to those of a certain Glenn McGrath

England's most interesting player?

Sam Billings may be a peripheral figure in England's one-day set-up, but his appetite for learning and hard graft is increasingly hard to ignore

Who led the best?

Captain of the year: Kohli led an invincible Test outfit, Morgan a daring ODI one. Find out who else is on our list of nominees

Who is Hashim Amla, really?

Firdose Moonda: As Amla prepares to play his 100th Test, his former and current team-mates offer insights into the making of a great batsman

Cool, cool runnings

T20I batting nominees: Nerveless final-over blasting, composed chasing, and mature risk-management - all that and more in our shortlist

Mitching it up

T20I bowling nominees: The Fizz, Big Bravo, and two New Zealanders with the same name star in our shortlist

The bearded ones

Highlights from the annals of facial hair in cricket. By Karthik Krishnaswamy

Big chases? Too easy

ODI batting nominees: One-day batting just got bigger and better, as our shortlist of the best performances of the year shows

Meet Joe Solomon

He kept his cool to create Test cricket's most exciting moment. At 86, he's still cool. Brydon Coverdale meets him in New York

Masters blasting (and grinding)

Test batting nominees: It's time to pick the best performances of last year. On the shortlist: Stokes, Baz, Tamim, Kusal and others

Ngumbela's bridge

Cricket is building links across the racial divide in rural South Africa. By Luke Alfred

Younis Khan's perfect 11

Younis Khan's maiden century in Australia made him the first player to score a hundred in all 11 nations that have hosted Tests

Kolpak for dummies

A quick explainer of the deal under which Kyle Abbott (and many before him) signed up for a long-term county stint

Has Yasir Shah gone bonkers?

Probably not, but watch Melinda Farrell and Osman Samiuddin on Polite Enquiries for a definitive answer to that and more

How captaincy improved Dhoni's ODI batting

Numbers Game: Among batsmen who have scored at least 2000 ODI runs both as captain and as player, MS Dhoni has the second-highest difference in averages

How have tours changed?

Mike Selvey: Long and languorous cultural experiences once, away series are now short, sharp and intensive bursts

The way I see it

In this month's photo feature, we look at the view from (and of) spectator stands

Showing 'em the money

Raf Nicholson: Several boards improved the contracts structure for their female players, and the new franchise leagues brought more money into the game

A year with more T20Is than ODIs

In our stats review of 2016, we found some very interesting numbers on Test results, unusual defeats, and limited-overs matches

New dawn follows disaster

Daniel Brettig: Five consecutive Test defeats derailed a good start to 2016, but Australia finished strongly to inspire hope for the year ahead

In search of Ross Taylor

Shy and measured yet assertive and flamboyant: who is the man behind the batsman? By Dylan Cleaver

What will happen in 2017?

Who will win the Champions Trophy? How will Australia fare in India? What are the prospects for Associate cricket? Our experts weigh in

South Africa's new year wish: please stay

Many South African cricketers have been lured by overseas opportunities, but Kyle Abbott and Stephen Cook offer cause for optimism. By Firdose Moonda

Top of the pops

Our most-viewed stories, matches and players in 2016

Dhaka dream, Bangalore nightmare

Bangladesh's year may not have been packed with fixtures, but it was bursting with drama, heartbreak and joy nonetheless. By Mohammad Isam

How's that, Jennings?

Liam Cromar tips his hat to a much-loved schoolboy series of books, in which cricket features prominently

Well begun is half-done

England's bid for the No. 1 Test ranking failed after the second half of their year was spent sliding to defeats in challenging conditions. By George Dobell

Tests? T20s? Gimme more

Both formats are cricket's present, and in Melbourne the surfeit is all good, writes Jarrod Kimber

2016 in review

The good, the bad and the cricketastic: our look back at the year that was

The golden boys

Just about everything came up roses for India this year. By Sidharth Monga

The rebound specialists

South Africa's year started badly and got worse, before taking a decisive turn for the better. By Firdose Moonda

Blokesville

In our series on cricket in fiction, we look at Malcolm Knox's A Private Man

From farce to fierce

After a slapstick display of ineptitude in the first half of the year, Sri Lanka came roaring back. By Andrew Fidel Fernando

Three steps forward, three steps back

West Indies' year began brightly with a trio of world titles, but then predictable bad blood between players and administrators affected results

Some sparks, mostly gloom

Their results showed that there is still talent within Zimbabwe's ranks, but how can cricket flourish while the country grapples with larger problems?

Time for Cook to step down

Ian Chappell: The battle-scarred England captain is not making the best use of his resources

A gulf between the Associates

Afghanistan and Ireland received support and some success, but the rest were left to fight over meagre scraps this year. By Tim Wigmore

How Essex ruled the '80s

All Out Cricket: From loveable pushovers to strutting county titans, Essex's self-made story through the 1980s chimed perfectly with the times

What is a cameo?

Jon Hotten: We've all seen them: innings of throwaway flair that transport us. But how exactly do you define one?

The coach who plays guitar

John Wright talks about his other life, as a musician and songwriter, and his first album

Who is India's MVP?

Fans vote between Virat Kohli and R Ashwin. Jonathan Trott and Sourav Ganguly also weigh in

Nice, Garry!

Sam Perry: What has gone into the making of the accidental cult of Nathan Lyon?

'You're a hero. You're a hero'

In a corner of the Gabba, a small band of Pakistan supporters watched their team almost pull off the greatest chase

The best signature move

What cricketing action is seared in your memory? The Viv Richards flick, perhaps?

Was Cook too defensive?

Match Day: Jonathan Trott analyses day three of the Chennai Test: England's failure to put pressure on India's batsmen, Adil Rashid's future, and KL Rahul's sixes

Misbah's aviators edition

Polite Enquiries: How well can Pakistan's batsmen bat against Pakistan's bowlers and fielders? Jarrod and Mel have the answer

Let's hear it for the ump

Pete Langman: A large percentage of umpiring decisions are invariably met with indignation and angst. It shouldn't be that way

Doosra and the others

How many mainstream cricket terms come from subcontinental languages? By Simon Barnes

Bairstow stands tall

England's wicketkeeper-batsman has had a prolific year after developing a method that works for him. By George Dobell

Pakistan's pace problems in Australia

Numbers Game: Pakistan's fast bowlers have traditionally been their biggest weapons, but their numbers in Australia aren't impressive

Double Dizzy

Two Jason Gillespies, one hostage situation, Adelaide Oval. Never a dull moment in a reporter's life

What next for Alastair Cook?

Andrew Miller: With a defeat-strewn year coming to an end, and seven months of red-ball inactivity approaching, England need to contemplate their Test captaincy

Yasir Shah's Australian burden

Osman Samiuddin: Down under, a spinner needs all the tricks of his trade. Unlike his Pakistani legspin predecessors, Yasir is not quite that tricksy sort of spinner

Pity the loss of the Gabba advantage

Brad Haddin: In years past, Australia were buoyed by opening the home summer in their Brisbane stronghold. Losing that edge will be hard to get used to

Good shout, bad shout

What kinds of bowlers are the most successful appealers? Which teams? Which bowlers are the least successful? Charles Davis breaks the numbers down

The return of Arthur

Five years after his coaching debut with Australia, Mickey Arthur is back at the Gabba. This time as coach of their opponents

When the tail went rogue

Six memorable occasions when the fate of a Test match was decided in a heroic rearguard

Sailing with the stars

Novelist Zulfikar Ghose recalls a voyage to England with cricket royalty on board

Mark Nicholas, cricket romantic

His deep love for the game infuses his autobiography with an enthusiasm that is as irrepressible as it is genuine

Let's play it by ear

Buddy Holly, Mick Jagger, Captain Sensible and Brett Lee - our photo feature is on music and cricket

Fifteen from '16

David Hopps looks at the best cricket books of the year

The unstoppable Ellyse Perry

Numbers Game: Since the start of 2014, the Australian allrounder has made 17 scores of over 50 in 23 ODI innings. No one else has ever had such a run

What makes a good ghost?

Jon Hotten reveals the behind-the-scenes work that goes into producing a cricket autobiography

Shaun Udal's last-chance saloon

The former England offspinner relives the Mumbai Test of 2006, which turned out to be his last - and most memorable

Ambiguity in death

When exactly is a ball dead? Five recent instances that show the laws are unclear and the umpires indecisive

The pains of Pidge

Did Glenn McGrath ever have bad days? He did - at least five

The year of the wicketkeeper-batsman

Numbers Game: Led by Jonny Bairstow and Quinton de Kock, wicketkeepers have averaged 40.79 in Tests in 2016, the highest in a calendar year since 1900

Chennai super king

All about R Ashwin - how he transformed into the world's No. 1 bowler

Matt Renshaw's excellent adventure

Mark Nicholas: You only needed to watch Australia's youngest debutant in Adelaide to know that playing cricket brings joy

Spit happens

Diary: Firdose Moonda loses her beauty sleep covering the ball-tampering saga but squeezes in a Melbourne walk and a Hobart museum

A new team, a familiar template

Australia's revamped side demonstrated in Adelaide that they can win the same way many of their predecessors have done in the past: with grit and flair

Champagne moments

Wisden Almanack: The evolution of celebrations in cricket - from handshakes to delirious running

The full Mitch

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

How the pink ball is made

Melinda Farrell visits the Kookaburra factory in Melbourne to see how the star of the day-night Test is born

'What day is it? Where am I?'

Disorientation, coffee consumption, airline travel, bespoke cakes - it can only be a Twitter round-up

Is Hashim Amla past his best?

Numbers Game: A batting average of 34.81 in his last 15 Tests means his career average is in danger of dipping below 50 for the first time since the Adelaide Test of 2012

Is it time to change the Bodyline Law?

Permitting just two fielders behind square on leg is generally harsher against fingerspinners than other kinds of bowlers. By Scott Oliver

Roger that

Australia (and county cricket) veteran Chris Rogers takes a quiz

This is Steve Smith's team

Brad Haddin: The three newcomers and Matthew Wade will inject freshness and fight into the Australian side looking to save face in Adelaide

'Wahab becomes weapon No. 1 in Australia'

Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur speaks about the selection decisions facing Pakistan ahead of the Hamilton Test, and looks ahead to the tour of Australia

Is Pakistan's streak about to end?

They've gone seven series without a loss for only the third time in their history, but this just might be as far as it goes this time. By Hassan Cheema

Should we judge a player by his gear?

Pete Langman: Whether you have a bat that cost more than your house or one that's older than that house, the important thing is that you enjoy playing with it

The chaotic contrasts of two captains

The dead rubber in Adelaide takes on great significance as South Africa and Faf du Plessis contest a ball-tampering charge and Steven Smith deals with systemic failure

A blind love for cricket

Visually impaired commentator Dean du Plessis talks about how he fell for the game, and life behind the microphone

Kenya seek to rise from the ashes

Tim Wigmore: Attempts have been made to develop youth cricket in the country, but corruption remains a huge challenge

Left-arm's the charm

If you're an England selector looking to pick a spinner for India, history shows you're probably better off with a leftie

Chappell recall prompts further puzzlement

Daniel Brettig: The appointment of Greg Chappell to an interim position on Australia's selection panel is curious, given his history with the domestic game

When in Prague

How a bunch of expats are bringing kriket to central Europe. By Nishant Joshi

Across the pond the long way

Firdose Moonda journeys across the Indian Ocean to follow her team, who start the series down under with a bang

Happy 25th, South Africa

It's a quarter-century since their return to big cricket this month, and for all the magic they've produced, they've also displayed an ability to confound. By Luke Alfred

Rahane sees the future

Once the last man India would play, he is now the first name on the team sheet. By Sidharth Monga

Australia's system is broken

Ian Chappell: Injured fast bowlers, a dearth of good young batsmen, and a captain impeded by the management - all this while the team faces three big series

Belly laughs and sadness

Review: A play about the life and untimely death of Colin Milburn conveys the highs and the lows of a unique cricketer

Time for Smith and Warner to step up

Brad Haddin: The true test of where the Australians are at as a cricket team will be how they respond at Bellerive Oval this week

Fuzz feed

In the month of Movember, we celebrate beards and moustaches in cricket

Raw and raging

Review: Brendon McCullum's book has the story of his career but also far too much bile and score-settling

The trials of Tsolekile

Once the next black African success story, Thami Tsolekile is now one of cricket's cautionary tales. By Firdose Moonda

The rise of home advantage

Numbers Game: This decade's win-loss ratio for home teams has been the highest since the 1870s

Bangladesh's amazing 16 years in Test cricket

Jarrod Kimber: You could say they have underperformed, but considering where they started, and how long it takes to grow in cricket, their achievement is spectacular

Tests in 2020

What will the five-day game look like four years from now? A 360-degree preview of the near future. By Tim Wigmore

Games within a game?

Farcical bowling, the helmet fielder, chess interruptions, batting for pints - ten matches that weren't quite cricket

A match stopped by a murder

An India-Pakistan ODI in Sialkot 32 years ago was expected to be a contest that lived long in the memory. It did, for all the wrong reasons

We are Bangladesh

As Bangladesh savour their landmark Test win over England, take a moment to look back on their journey

Every picture tells a story

Review: Gideon Haigh's work on George Beldam's iconic image of Victor Trumper is a contender for the cricket book of the year

'T20s come naturally to us'

Kieron Pollard talks about his franchise career, data in the game, and the prospect of the death of West Indies cricket