Bob Simpson and Garry Sobers walk out for the toss

The return of Bob Simpson

Rewind: When the 41-year-old former captain came out of retirement to lead Australia against India

Michael Clarke watches play on day five

Two fortresses called Brisbane and Centurion

Numbers Game: Australia haven't lost at the Gabba since 1988, while South Africa have a 14-2 record in Centurion

Makhaya Ntini is in positive mood ahead of the second Test in Durban

Captains' knocks, and Hayden's travails

Ask Steven: Also, scores of 500 and above without a century, and a book called Cricket Wallah

Denesh Ramdin celebrates his third Test hundred

One win, 45 defeats

Numbers Game: West Indies have been woeful in overseas Tests against the top teams in the last 14 years

Front-on profile of Bill O'Reilly bowling

On This Day

Tiger, tiger, bowling spin

December 20: Birth of Bill 'Tiger' O'Reilly


Cover image of Ian Brayshaw's <i>The Miracle Match</i>

Momentous at the WACA

It may have been a one-day match but the Western Australia-Queensland Gillette Cup semi-final was no ordinary game. By Alan Shiell


Ranji in Ireland, Hazare in Mumbai

Subash Jayaraman's cricket world tour takes in Dublin, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore and Chennai

'Why I was dropped is still an unsolved mystery'

Former India opener Madhav Apte talks about his short-lived Test career, and touring the West Indies

Life is a papare, old chum

Diary: Alan Gardner takes in a safari, runs into VVS Laxman, and gets his fill of a certain ubiquitous politician


Brendon McCullum, on 281*, walks back after batting the entire day

A year of triumph and disaster

Martin Crowe: Misbah, McCullum, and the ICC's efforts against chucking were the positive highlights in a year that ended with the tragedy of Phillip Hughes' death

Steven Smith with his captain's blazer

A good time to invest in Smith stock

Mark Nicholas: Australia's new captain has shown more responsibility in his batting without shedding his youthful bravado

Steven Smith steps out for a hit

Australia in good hands under proactive Smith

Ricky Ponting: The new stand-in captain has the makings of a long-term leader

Alastair Cook speaks to the media ahead of the first ODI

Cook and the question of loyalty in sport

Simon Barnes: Given his appalling one-day form, is it time to be disloyal and get rid of him?