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August 28, 2009 : The jury's XI seems a comment on the reduced role of skill in the modern game
August 28, 2009 : England's all-time side has just two players from the last 30-odd years
July 28, 2009 : Few tasks in cricket are tougher than opening the batting in England, and picking openers for an England dream team is hardly easy either
August 3, 2009 : Barring an alpha male, England's middle order has everything: dashers, artists, stonewallers, and all of them graceful
August 7, 2009 : No dressing room can be big enough for more than one of these three allrounders - Tony Greig, Ian Botham, Andrew Flintoff - all flash, all action
August 11, 2009 : Is competence sufficient, or should only the very best wicketkeeper make the grade?
August 17, 2009 : Nine contenders for the fast-bowling slots on England's all-time XI. Which of these greats will make it to the team?
August 21, 2009 : Only four to pick from for the slow bowler's slot, but that doesn't make the task any easier
That there is a place for proper batsmanship in ODIs, that New Zealand punch above their weight, and that wickets win you matches. By Ed Smith
Jarrod Kimber: Led by their fearless captain, New Zealand threw themselves at this World Cup and came as close as they ever have done to greatness
Match Point: Michael Holding, Ian Chappell and Ajit Agarkar on ways to make the tournament better
Tony Cozier: The incoming ECB chairman's pre-series comments could motivate the hosts to show the resolve that was lacking in recent months
Nicholas Hogg: In close matches you ponder over the what-could-have-beens; in a one-sided game, the past is put to rest quickly
The SCG might be India's preferred semi-final venue at this World Cup, but persistent rain in the lead-up has left them worried their spinners may not get the help they are widely expected to
As a six-year-old, he watched Wasim Akram at the 1992 World Cup and decided that he would be a left-arm fast bowler. As a man, he put on a show very nearly as memorable as Wasim's 23 years before
This contest brings together a belligerent bunch of brats and braggers from two countries that are so different, yet share rampant egotism and a high opinion of themselves
Over the last few months, he has slowly moved from a flashy finisher, to a more measured risk manager
It was Grant Elliott and New Zealand's time in Auckland. Not South Africa's. But the Proteas will leave this tournament wondering when that will ever change. Maybe next time.
India's Plan A in this World Cup had worked flawlessly over seven matches. When they came up against the toughest opponents in the World Cup, however, they were left scrambling for a back-up plan
Whatever happens, the Australia-New Zealand World Cup final at the MCG will be the most divine fun