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Dec 6, 2008: How to distil over a century of cricket literature into half a bookshelf's worth? A recap of our series on recommended cricket literature

Suresh Menon

The Fast Men

Speed read

Nov 29, 2008: Frith's history of fast bowling is encyclopaedic, but also fittingly brisk and concise

Steven Lynch

Sir Donald Bradman: A Biography

The first word

Nov 24, 2008: Rosenwater's books lacks Bradman's input - maybe that's why it's the best of the biographies of the great man

Gideon Haigh

Boycs

The paradox of Sir Geoffrey

Nov 15, 2008: Leo McKinstry provides a balanced, nuanced view of one of cricket's most complex characters

Steven Lynch

Anyone but England

The old order yieldeth

Nov 8, 2008: Marqusee places cricket's evolution in a historical perspective and reveals the inevitability of the changes the sport has gone through in recent times

Suresh Menon

Autobiography

Flawless and felicitous

Nov 1, 2008: Cardus may not have been the best cricket writer ever, but his autobiography certainly is the best-written cricket book of them all

Scyld Berry

Cricket Beyond the Bazaar

Embracing the East

Oct 25, 2008: Coward's book played a significant part in demystifying the subcontinent for Australian cricketers and cricket watchers

Suresh Menon

Mystery Spinner

Uncovered

Oct 18, 2008: Gideon Haigh's biography of Iverson painstakingly unearths the story of a talented misfit

Steven Lynch

Beyond Bat and Ball

Player pages

Oct 11, 2008: Reading David Foot's warm, conversational profiles of cricketers is like sharing in the camaraderie of a dressing room

Gideon Haigh

The Development of West Indies Cricket

Caribbean context

Oct 4, 2008: A perceptive, prescient look at West Indies cricket and its decline

Rob Steen

The Willow Wand

The anti-romantic movement

Sep 27, 2008: In an attempt to separate cricket reality from myth, Derek Birley ruthlessly questions, if not busts outright, many of the game's idyllic beliefs

Suresh Menon

46 Not Out

Torrential eloquence, concealed sadness

Sep 20, 2008: In his writing Robertson-Glasgow always toiled for the right word and the arresting simile, evoking a world of grace and ease

Gideon Haigh

Can't Bat, Can't Bowl, Can't Field

Fun and games

Sep 13, 2008: Unlike far too many cricket writers, Johnson refuses to take the game too seriously - and thank goodness for that

David Frith

Australia 55

Big pictures, artfully painted

Sep 6, 2008: Alan Ross is often classed as a cricket belletrist - with good reason. And this book is among his finest works

Gideon Haigh

Wodehouse at the Wicket

Plum postings

Aug 30, 2008: Wodehouse didn't write too much on the game, but what there is is an unalloyed delight

Suresh Menon

War Minus the Shooting

Cricket minus the cliches

Aug 23, 2008: In this narrative of the 1996 World Cup, context means more than the final wicket

Rob Steen

John Arlott: A Memoir

In the name of the father

Aug 16, 2008: Arlott wasn't perfect and this book, by his son, readily admits so

David Frith

Australian Summer

Local colour

Aug 9, 2008: Cardus' account of the 1936-37 Ashes tour gives rein to his desire to write about more than just the cricket

Scyld Berry

Cricket: A History of Its Growth and Development Throughout the World

The whole story

Aug 2, 2008: An admirable attempt to "tell the full history of the game"

Suresh Menon

WG Grace: A Life

The good doctor in full

Jul 26, 2008: Serious scholarship and unflagging zest make this biography one of cricket's best life stories

Gideon Haigh
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How bad must a defeat be to be unacceptable?

A gutting loss to England, after leading the series 1-0, has thrown up some glaring inadequacies in the Indian team but there is little being said or done in terms of improvement

Role model Moeen setting high standard

His rapid improvement with the ball has been integral to England coming from behind to lead the series - but that is just one area where Moeen Ali continues to impress

'We watched cricket, we talked cricket'

On the eve of Mahela Jayawardene's final Test, his team-mate, best friend and fellow batting superstar Kumar Sangakkara speaks about what made him, and them, tick

Time to liberate MS Dhoni

After 8-0, MS Dhoni could look forward to building a team from scratch; now, there is nothing left for him to contribute. Free him from the Test captaincy and he could yet give back in other ways

Dhoni's control test

For all MS Dhoni's many trophies and accomplishments, Test cricket continues to resist his magic and indefinitely postpone his motorbike ride into the sunset

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    After 8-0, MS Dhoni could look forward to building a team from scratch; now, there is nothing left for him to contribute. Free him from the Test captaincy and he could yet give back in other ways

    Should Dhoni focus on one-day cricket? (78)

    His decisions in the England series have seemed to confirm that he does not care too much for the Test game. Maybe he should be concentrating on the World Cup

    Dhoni's control test (74)

    For all MS Dhoni's many trophies and accomplishments, Test cricket continues to resist his magic and indefinitely postpone his motorbike ride into the sunset

    One-day barrier to Indian Test progress (56)

    With too great an emphasis on limited-overs cricket, MS Dhoni's side have a set of skills and a level of concentration that are not commensurate with the necessities of Tests