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The guard of honour made of sound

Mar 26, 2015: The atmosphere at Eden Park when New Zealand booked their place in the World Cup final was electric. It wasn't much different at the airport as the players left for Melbourne

Firdose Moonda

Former PM Hawke livens up Australia's training

Mar 23, 2015: Bob Hawke visited Australia's training session on Monday, and it wasn't long before the typical quips surfaced

Daniel Brettig in Sydney

A reunion, an anniversary, and '80s nostalgia

Mar 23, 2015: Our correspondent is relieved at not having to report on England. That way he can admire the beauty of New Zealand, and catch with up Curtly Ambrose

Andrew McGlashan

Cricket nerds in rugby territory

Mar 22, 2015: When the new, improved and cult-status-acquring Black Caps 2015 are playing in the World Cup quarter final in their home, the hordes are bound to gather at Sydney Kiwi haunt, the Harlequin pub

Sharda Ugra in Sydney

Ambrose 'speak to many man'

Mar 19, 2015: When Curtly Ambrose and Richard Hadlee are together it is the stories that make it special

Andrew McGlashan in Wellington

That familiar Guyanese accent

Mar 15, 2015: Fomer West Indies player Bruce Pairaudeau, who is 83, surprised the West Indies players during their training session on the eve of the UAE clash, after driving 300 kilometres with a friend from Hamilton, where he lives

Firdose Moonda in Napier

Taste tests, and snoozin' next to Sanath

Mar 15, 2015: Our correspondent displays horrific ignorance about the finer things in life, and begs for a lift to McDonald's

Andrew Fidel Fernando

Poems, paintings make for a Perfect Pitch

Mar 11, 2015: The most beguiling attraction in the Waikato Museum in Hamilton is the Perfect Pitch, an exhibition put together to celebrate the history of the Northern Districts Cricket Association

Sharda Ugra in Hamilton

Cricket shows off its moves in city of distractions

Mar 11, 2015: Even if it's just for the World Cup, cricket has encroached on rugby turf in New Zealand. Take Wellington, for instance, where a crash course in cricket lexicon can be found on bus stops, lamp posts and even a church wall

Firdose Moonda in Wellington

Heckled in Adelaide, cruising in Perth

Mar 8, 2015: Our correspondent is charmed by the rivers Torrens and Swan, and enjoys the public transport system in Australia even when things go wrong

Abhishek Purohit

A daft aroma, an ignorant finish

Mar 6, 2015: There is plenty to see and do around Napier - lovely ocean views, a gannet colony, a water park, cycling tracks through the sun-bathed countryside - but it's the Hawke's Bay's wine that is world famous

Andrew Fidel Fernando

The writers who came to play

Mar 3, 2015: Escaping the cold of England for a cricket tour and a wedding celebration in India: capital idea, no?

Nicholas Hogg

Inside the WACA scoreboard

Mar 2, 2015: It might be cramped, it might get hot in it, but it's part of the legend of the storied old ground

Abhishek Purohit in Perth

White Nights, grey skies and a Gayle shower

Mar 1, 2015: Our correspondent returns to familiar surroundings down under and learns that you need to pack mittens, even for the New Zealand summer

Firdose Moonda

This is the end

Feb 23, 2015: University Orientation week, with 20,000 students returning home after a long summer break, is probably not the best time to be visiting Dunedin

Andrew Fidel Fernando

It's as if you're in Wellington

Feb 20, 2015: Picket fencing. Old wooden benches. Grass banks. It could easily be the Basin Reserve in Wellington... but it's not

Abhishek Purohit

Where women glow and men plunder

Feb 19, 2015: Down under, the sun is hot, the creepy-crawlies king-size, and the conversations convivial

George Dobell

World Cup 2015

Hamilton lays the green carpet for the Cup

Feb 13, 2015: Being part of the event far outweighs the results and in Hamilton, they seem to have understood it perfectly as their gear up for their three big days in this competition

Firdose Moonda in Hamilton

Coast to coast, hunting a win

Feb 1, 2015: Our correspondent shuttles between Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth in the wake of Dhoni and Co

Sidharth Monga

Around Asia with a press pass

Jan 24, 2015: It's a subcontinent and Middle East special in part four as our correspondent takes in the UAE, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh on his world cricket tour

Subash Jayaraman
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Pakistan, press-ups and national redemption

The themes of redemption and rehabilitation had been a constant companion for Pakistan in the build-up to what proved to be an epic first Test, but it was only in that moment of victory that the true significance of their 75-run win could be understood

Keep calm. Misbah is here

Pakistan's thrilling triumph at Lord's was underscored by their captain's serenity

West Indies need to paper over bowling cracks

The hosts' pace attack, with a combined experience of 31 Tests and 56 wickets, is a candidate for being their weakest ever, yet India cannot simply show up and expect to win

An accident waiting to happen

England played a full part in a compelling Test, but if they are to continue to evolve as a Test side the top order has to shape matches

Masters of making the ball talk

The one constant in Pakistan cricket is the inherent quality and variety of the bowling. The use of the ball, its leather and its seam, is a culture, forensically explored and widely envied

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