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

Denesh Ramdin celebrates his third Test hundred

One win, 45 defeats

Numbers Game: West Indies have been woeful in overseas Tests against the top teams in the last 14 years

Taijul Islam appeals unsuccessfully for a wicket

Second-innings triples, and debut hat-tricks

Ask Steven: Also, most runs in boundaries in a Test innings, and ODI debuts in the World Cup

Stuart Broad and James Anderson hold the urn

Howdy pardner

ESPNcricinfo XI: From Botham-Willis to Wasim-Waqar, a look at the most productive bowling pairs in Test cricket

It was another tough post-match debriefing for Alastair Cook

On This Day

History in Nagpur

December 17: England win a series in India after 28 years


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


'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

Life is a papare, old chum

Diary: Alan Gardner takes in a safari, runs into VVS Laxman, and gets his fill of a certain ubiquitous politician

'I should have played at least 50 Tests'

Couch Talk: Former India opener S Ramesh on facing the best attacks in the world, the disappointment of being overlooked, and Kolkata 2001


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

Alastair Cook speaks to the media ahead of the first ODI

Cook and the question of loyalty in sport

Simon Barnes: Given his appalling one-day form, is it time to be disloyal and get rid of him?

Virat Kohli became only the second player to score twin centuries on debut as captain

When defeat isn't depressing

Mukul Kesavan: After a long time we have seen an Indian team enjoy the challenges of an overseas Test