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Who will the silver linings be for this time around?

Here's the Ashes

Commentators, presenters, spectators, players - we're all waiting for the latest edition of the storied series to kick off

Harold Larwood bowls

The outlaw I adored

Harold Larwood was a great who was made out to be a villain - the perfect replacement for Robin Hood in the eyes of a young ten-year-old

Harold Larwood and his family on board the <i>Orontes</I> at Tilbury before migrating to Australia

In Larwood country

Our correspondent makes his way from Trent Bridge to Nuncargate to find out more about one of England's most fearsome fast bowlers

Dear Mr Arlott

John Arlott wasn't just the voice of cricket. He was a source of comfort and hope to two cricketers who felt themselves alone against the cricket establishment

The XI

Old gold

England's all-time team has just two players from the last 30 years

Cricinfo staff

All-time XI: England

Pietersen makes all-time England XI

One contemporary star lines up alongside greats including Hobbs, Hutton, Barnes and Larwood in England's side

Harold Larwood

Speedy Harry

Was Bodyline's chief protagonist the quickest ever? Duncan Hamilton does a good job of convincing us