Kevin Pietersen plays the switch-hit

Original hits

ESPNcricinfo XI: A look at some of cricket's most memorable strokes - and their makers

Bob Simpson and Garry Sobers walk out for the toss

The return of Bob Simpson

Rewind: When the 41-year-old former captain came out of retirement to lead Australia against India

Michael Clarke watches play on day five

Two fortresses called Brisbane and Centurion

Numbers Game: Australia haven't lost at the Gabba since 1988, while South Africa have a 14-2 record in Centurion

Makhaya Ntini is in positive mood ahead of the second Test in Durban

Captains' knocks, and Hayden's travails

Ask Steven: Also, scores of 500 and above without a century, and a book called Cricket Wallah

Faf du Plessis and Morne Morkel walk off after saving the Test

On This Day

A draw for the ages

December 22: South Africa nearly chase down 458


Cover image of Ian Brayshaw's <i>The Miracle Match</i>

Momentous at the WACA

It may have been a one-day match but the Western Australia-Queensland Gillette Cup semi-final was no ordinary game. By Alan Shiell


'I'd like to have faced the West Indies quicks'

Northamptonshire's David Willey picks his ideal partner for a jungle expedition, and talks about his famous dad

Ranji in Ireland, Hazare in Mumbai

Subash Jayaraman's cricket world tour takes in Dublin, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore and Chennai

'Why I was dropped is still an unsolved mystery'

Former India opener Madhav Apte talks about his short-lived Test career, and touring the West Indies


Running the show: Peter Moores, Paul Farbrace and Alastair Cook

It's not the plan, stupid

Ed Smith: Good performances make all plans look good. The better team on the day always wins, irrespective of what was strategised in the dressing room

Brendon McCullum, on 281*, walks back after batting the entire day

A year of triumph and disaster

Martin Crowe: Misbah, McCullum, and the ICC's efforts against chucking were the positive highlights in a year that ended with the tragedy of Phillip Hughes' death

Steven Smith with his captain's blazer

A good time to invest in Smith stock

Mark Nicholas: Australia's new captain has shown more responsibility in his batting without shedding his youthful bravado

Steven Smith steps out for a hit

Australia in good hands under proactive Smith

Ricky Ponting: The new stand-in captain has the makings of a long-term leader