For the love of Aussie hard-cases

No country produces more leathery, ornery tough guys than Australia (which does not explain what Monty Panesar's doing in this XI)

One-off saucepan sizzlers

Part two of the flash-in-the-pan XI features bowlers who rattled the opposition once and then went off to lead a peaceful, non-violent existence

The games people play

Cricketers who could also swing a club or a foot or two

Australia in England 2013

My Australian XI for Trent Bridge

Thought only selectors make shocking picks? How about having no frontline spinner for the first Ashes Test?


The no-honours XI

Players who received plenty of applause but probably no standing ovations


The novelists who ate bowlers

Or how Robert Ludlum and John Updike turned promising ODI superstars into long-format wrecks