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Natural leaders are made in retrospect

May 11, 2015: There is no template for the perfect captain. Some of the game's greatest were not identified as such straightaway

Ed Smith


The start of saturation cricket

Jan 17, 2015: Australia's international tri-series came out of financial necessity and the need to appease a broadcaster

Martin Williamson

Forgotten Classics

The hold-up at Headingley

Dec 18, 2014: Mike Hendricks' nagging seam bowling helped England defend a low total against a powerful Pakistan line-up in the 1979 World Cup

Interviews by Nagraj Gollapudi


Down to the wire

Sep 13, 2014: When the County Championship was controversially tied for the last time after a gripping finale to the season

Martin Williamson

Broad's mighty challenge

Nov 8, 2013: Few England players in the modern era have been booed to the extent Broad will be. Will he rise to the occasion?

Rob Smyth

The Bradman Oration 2013

What is the point of sport?

Oct 24, 2013: Mike Brearley's speech at the Bradman Oration in Melbourne, during which he spoke about the psychoanalytical factors involved in playing sport, particularly cricket

Mike Brearley

Future of cricket

Should Twenty20 be Over-30s only?

Oct 23, 2013: On a panel for the Bradman Oration in Melbourne, Rod Marsh suggested that Twenty20 cricket should be limited to players over 30 as a reward for long service

Daniel Brettig

'You learn how to manage players from losing'

Oct 15, 2013: Steve Waugh, Ian Chappell, Clive Lloyd, MAK Pataudi: some of cricket's finest captains speak about their craft

Mike Coward


The end of the innocence

May 18, 2013: The felling of a tailender by Bob Willis triggered the acceptance that helmets were needed in the game

Martin Williamson

The zone and the importance of imagination

Dec 16, 2012: A sportsman in the zone, like an artist, has both a wider and a narrower focus. He has the ability to be in the game and yet stand above it, seeing it clearly

Ed Smith


Swinging in the Jubilee rain

Jun 2, 2012: Thirty-five years ago, a weather-marred farce at The Oval

Martin Williamson

Failures will strengthen Strauss' resolve

May 3, 2012: Questions about his place in the team are quickly forgotten if he scores runs and/or the team wins again. Not that he can afford to flatline in either department for long

Mark Nicholas

Spot-fixing controversy

Treat Amir more leniently - Brearley

Dec 20, 2011: Mike Brearley, the former England captain, has said that Mohammad Amir, the Pakistan fast bowler currently in prison for his role in the spot-fixing scandal, should be treated more leniently

Siddhartha Talya

Being Andrew Strauss

Aug 24, 2011: There are more worthy goals ahead of England's captain still, but will he have the appetite for them, or the fortitude to keep self-doubt at bay?

Rob Steen

Pakistan news

ICC might send a hand-picked side to Pakistan

Jul 17, 2010: ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat has said the organisation might send a hand-picked side to Pakistan late next year

ESPNcricinfo staff

Mike Gatting

'The Shakoor Rana incident still rankles'

Jul 10, 2010: The former England captain on team hierarchy, playing under Gower and Brearley, winning the Ashes, that Test in Faisalabad, and more

Interview by Nagraj Gollapudi

England & Wales Cricket Board

Bradshaw steps down from ECB Board

May 12, 2009: Keith Bradshaw, the secretary and chief executive of MCC, has announced he is stepping down from the ECB Board of Directors because of a conflict of interests

ESPNcricinfo staff


Australia's old new ball

May 9, 2009: When a captain decided to open the innings with an old ball and two spinners

Martin Williamson

MCC news

Underwood takes over as MCC president

Sep 30, 2008: Derek Underwood, the former England spinner, will begin his one-year tenure as president of MCC on Wednesday, taking over from Mike Brearley

ESPNcricinfo staff

Captain marvel

Sep 4, 2008: After Kevin Pietersen's success, we take a look at 11 other captains who made a mark early in their reign

Andrew McGlashan
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