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. By Subash Jayaraman

'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?