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The joke that took a wicket and other stories

Dec 22, 2009: Breakneck car-rides, dense fog, hyperbaric chambers - in our correspondent's look back at the first couple of weeks of the Test half of England's South Africa tour

Andrew McGlashan

Thieving cats, suicidal drivers

Jul 13, 2009: It's hot in Colombo, small animals are after your dinner in Galle, and security staff are sticklers for dress codes

Sidharth Monga

This sporting life

Jun 17, 2009: Football, tennis, baseball on screen, and some cricket - there's a welter of games on offer in England in the summer

Nagraj Gollapudi

Postcards from the Basin

Apr 9, 2009: History, airports, and more tea than you can shake a stick at

Sidharth Monga

Same Eden, different ground

Mar 30, 2009: A history lesson from Auckland, the Naked Bus, and Munaf goes native

Sidharth Monga

Meetings and beatings

Mar 16, 2009: Former cricketers - and a hockey star - queue up to be interrogated by our intrepid correspondent, and bowlers get the rough end of the stick

Sidharth Monga

E-ticket to ride

Mar 3, 2009: The joys of auto-check in. Chess in a public square with giant pieces. And meeting an international cricketer who also happens to be colleague… sort of

Sidharth Monga

Plenty of pride after historic win

Aug 14, 2008: A disappointing finish to the series at The Oval, but no diminishing the team's achievement

Paul Harris

Impersonating Jacques

Aug 6, 2008: Plenty of beers after South Africa's Edgbaston win, and Neil McKenzie's impression of Kallis

Paul Harris

Win some, bowl some, eat some

Jul 31, 2008: A memorable victory, a bit of bowling out in the middle, and a braai with old mates

Paul Harris

Raising the standard for a memorable win

Jul 24, 2008: Some work with the bat, not too much with the ball, but a great win and a big boost for the rest of the tour

Paul Harris

Happily to Headingley

Jul 17, 2008: On the fightback at Lord's and looking forward to the second Test

Paul Harris

An operatic introduction to England

Jul 10, 2008: South Africa's spin bowler reflects on the early weeks of the tour

Paul Harris

Signing off on a high

Jul 3, 2008: New Zealand finished their tour of England on a good note

Ross Taylor

Asia Cup

Wide-eyed in Karachi

Jul 1, 2008: Pakistan's premier city is one that provokes many observations - not least about the similarities with India across the border

Sidharth Monga

'Our Twenty20 form is a mystery'

Jun 20, 2008: New Zealand's middle-order batsman reflects on a bad week for his team

Ross Taylor

Twenty20 here we come

Jun 12, 2008: New Zealand have been a more successful one-day side than England in recent times. Now's our chance to make up for the loss in the Test series

Ross Taylor

Bats, boxes and autographs

Jun 5, 2008: Upgrading to a titanium guard, getting a bat made, and Kyle Mills' soccer sweepstake

Ross Taylor

Coldplay

May 29, 2008: The chilly weather accentuated the pain of the Old Trafford loss

Ross Taylor

On a mission to Manchester

May 22, 2008: New Zealand's No. 4 looks back on his first Test in England, and prepares for the Old Trafford showdown

Ross Taylor
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Ishant Sharma has often been the butt of jokes, and sometimes deservedly so. Today, however, the joke was on England

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