Mavericks

The ex-wild man of the East Rand

Andre Nel was always getting into trouble, but he had talent and his heart was in the right place - as he's proving now, dishing out guidance and tough love to upcoming cricketers

What is the X-factor in cricket?

It's hard to pin down, particularly in statistics. You could say it's an aesthetic, an impression that what players who have it are doing is innate to them

The return of the merciless Mitchells

Even as England are tested by Australia's twin left-arm menaces, they must wonder why they can't regularly produce genuine pacemen themselves

Brendon McCullum and the algebra of batting risk

Traditionally, batsmen have found the best way to score runs is to take time to settle in and minimise risks early on. The New Zealand captain does otherwise

Pakistan cricket

Boom Boom Afridi: one of a kind

Shahid Afridi entertained us with his unique brand of cricket and surely left a lasting impression on the game. He was cricket's greatest entertainer. Boom Boom is irreplaceable

Pakistan cricket

Explaining Pakistan cricket

Pakistan's unpredictability is renowned. They scale unbelievable highs and slump to inexplicable lows. Andy Bull still loves them though and he says why in the Guardian

England cricket

Will ECB take control of the Pietersen mess?

Ted Corbett, in his blog, asks if the England Cricket Board would provide a swift solution to the feuds that have begun in the wake of Kevin Pietersen's autobiography