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Former Australasia editor, ESPNcricinfo
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Marks out of ten - Australia

Ponting to the fore

Jan 6, 2006: This will always be Ricky Ponting's series. He captained Australia to a 2-0 victory, marked his 100th Test with twin centuries and took two individual awards

Peter English

Ricky Ponting gets to 100 Tests

Magnificent in maturity

Jan 1, 2006: Ricky Ponting is like a child soapie actor who grew up with the world watching. He has been a fixture of Australian summer lounge rooms for so long that his walk towards cricketing middle age has come as a surprise

Peter English

The Australia-South Africa rivalry

World-Cup drops and shark bait

Dec 14, 2005: South Africa and Australia grudgingly admit common characteristics - sledging, playing hard and mostly fair, a desperate desire to win, more sledging - but that's where the conciliatory handshakes end

Peter English

Michael Hussey's arrival

Mr Cricket finds his way

Nov 23, 2005: A qualified teacher who prefers delivering run-scoring lessons, Michael Hussey has elbowed his way into the side ahead of other stars

Peter English

Australia's resurgence

Regaining lost power

Oct 18, 2005: Peter English writes on Australia's resurgence after losing the Ashes

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    Whistle-stop World Cup

Liam Cromar: Taking cross-country trains across Australia to watch cricket's top tournament? Who does that?

    Attack breathes new life into the ODI

Simon Barnes: The World Cup showed us that the format doesn't have to be dreary. That bowling sides can be as aggressive as the batting sides

The freakish delight that is AB de Villiers

Krishna Kumar: When he trots out his outlandish repertoire of manufactured strokes, bowlers and captains are left questioning their own skills

Daniel Vettori, Mr Spirit of Cricket

Brydon Coverdale on Daniel Vettori, a fierce competitor yet unfailingly polite, a man with no equal for understated brilliance

Fifty-over cricket, I was wrong

Jon Hotten: This World Cup gave us driven, vibrant, electric ODI cricket, played at the limit of current ability, and it was magnificent

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The battle of the bullies

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

Dhoni masters numbers game to crack ODI code

Over the last few months, he has slowly moved from a flashy finisher, to a more measured risk manager

The greatest time of our lives

Whatever happens, the Australia-New Zealand World Cup final at the MCG will be the most divine fun

NZ 5, Australia 4 in our World Cup team

A World Cup 2015 composite XI as selected by ESPNcricinfo staff

India swept away by Australia's depth

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

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