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Pundits From Pakistan

Ticket to write

Jul 19, 2008: Wide-eyed enthusiasm and plenty of off-field action in this old-school tour book that looks at one of the biggest cricket series of recent times

Simon Wilde

The Cricket War

The first rebels

Jul 12, 2008: Haigh's book is the definitive last word on the Packer affair

Rob Steen

Between Wickets

Golden oldies

Jul 5, 2008: Robinson's profiles of pre-war giants is a tonic for the soul

David Frith

Cricket Wallah

From dullness, splendour

Jun 28, 2008: The tour was pure drudgery, but at least it produced one of the finest tour books written

Suresh Menon

The Summer Game

The forgotten years

Jun 21, 2008: Contrary to popular perception, the 50s and 60s were not Australian cricket's wasteland decades

Mike Coward

Fred: Portrait of a Fast Bowler

Legend on legend

Jun 14, 2008: This biography captures Trueman at his peak, and the best of Arlott's writing as well

Simon Wilde

Tiger

Life of Bill

Jun 7, 2008: O'Reilly's autobiography is one of the most pleasant and perceptive around

Don Cameron

The Art of Cricket

Bradmanesque

May 31, 2008: Like his batting, the Don's book lacks flourishes, is exceedingly effective, and is easily the final word on cricket coaching

Suresh Menon

Bodyline Autopsy

Look back in equanimity

May 24, 2008: David Frith's history of cricket's most fractious series is exhaustive in its attention to detail

Rob Steen

A Corner of a Foreign Field

A cricket history of India

May 17, 2008: A work on the grand scale - ambitious, provocative, timely, and full of learning worn lightly

Gideon Haigh

Cricket Prints

Crusoe's portraits

May 10, 2008: Robertson-Glasgow's sharp assessments of his contemporaries are still current

David Frith

Next Man In

Trifle pudding

May 3, 2008: Gerald Brodribb's study of cricket oddities looks at the game's laws through the prism of their background and provides both entertainment and information in the process

Suresh Menon

The Archie Jackson Story

The late lamented

Apr 26, 2008: Frith brings to life a man who was as much a hero to Australians as Bradman

Mike Coward

Brightly Fades the Don

Fingo's zenith

Apr 19, 2008: This account of one of the most chronicled tours ever ranks as Jack Fingleton's finest work

Don Cameron

Greg Chappell

Trough luck

Apr 12, 2008: An unflinching portrait of a career slump, from the days before burnout became a hot button

Rob Steen

Beyond a Boundary

Highly recommended

Apr 5, 2008: The book widely acknowledged as the finest ever written on the game

David Frith

Farewell to Cricket

History from the maker

Mar 29, 2008: A cricket life is usually the sum of its stories, and Bradman had some of the best

Gideon Haigh

Autobiography of an Unknown Cricketer

Notes from the middle

Mar 22, 2008: A memoir that gives the game the time, attention and moral seriousness it calls for

Gideon Haigh

The Art of Captaincy

Leading, by the book

Mar 15, 2008: Brearley's book stands apart from the few others on the subject for its authority, simplicity and range of personal examples

Suresh Menon

10 for 66 and All That

Life of Mailey

Mar 8, 2008: The story of the only Australian to take nine wickets in a Test innings, told in a rich fruitcake of a book

David Frith
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    What did we learn from this World Cup?

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

    New Zealand's greatest almost

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

    'A Test team shouldn't automatically qualify for the World Cup'

Match Point: Michael Holding, Ian Chappell and Ajit Agarkar on ways to make the tournament better

    Chance for 'mediocre' West Indies to show up England

Tony Cozier: The incoming ECB chairman's pre-series comments could motivate the hosts to show the resolve that was lacking in recent months

When defeats haunt

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

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Wet weather dulls India's threat perception

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

From 110 to 150 kph, the Wahab Riaz story

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

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

Time slips by South Africa once again

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.

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    The battle of the bullies (236)

    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

    India swept away by Australia's depth (183)

    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

    Time slips by South Africa once again (147)

    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.

    Wet weather dulls India's threat perception (140)

    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

    The greatest time of our lives (135)

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