No dirges for Test cricket, and the importance of Misbah

Sambit Bal: Five-day cricket is routinely written off, but 2013 proved it is in decent health - though pulling off a Test championship may be a bridge too far

The Ashes fractions, and Kallis and Tendulkar's successors

Sambit Bal: The year just gone by has been one of surprises and swings of fortune

When the hosts ruled

Stats review: Home teams lost only two Tests in 2013, while fast bowlers had their best year in Tests since 2000

AB, Ajmal and Co

ESPNcricinfo staff picks: The cream of the crop - Test, ODI and T20I XIs of 2013

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  • A fast bowler who changed the tone of a series
  • Is there too much fuss about sledging?
  • Was it wrong to retire the Champions Trophy?
  • IPL scandal: Did the BCCI do enough?
  • The outfielders
  • New ODI rules: Are they hurting the game?
  • The DRS: Where do you stand now?
  • The final goodbyes
  • Country Reviews

One stride forward, three back

Garth Wattley
West Indies were mostly sloppy and lacked the resilient spirit that had come to define their cricket in 2012

From shambolic to superstars

Brydon Coverdale
Whitewashed in India, badly beaten in England and then lo and behold - a transformation and the return of the urn. Australia won't forget 2013 for a long time

No. 1 on the field, not quite off it

Firdose Moonda
South Africa had a satisfactory year, but the financial shortfall of an abbreviated India series and a light schedule for 2014 could spell trouble

A decent year, but don't mention the bowling

Sidharth Monga
India seem to have managed their transition to a new generation of players reasonably well but there are gaps to fill

Where's the human touch?

David Hopps
There was something about England's cricket team, even when it was winning, that did not entirely connect with the public mood
  • Features

No dirges for Test cricket, and the importance of Misbah

Sambit Bal
Five-day cricket is routinely written off, but 2013 proved it is in decent health - though pulling off a Test championship effectively may be a bridge too far

The Ashes fractions, and the successors to Kallis and Tendulkar

Sambit Bal
The year just gone by has been one of surprises and swings of fortune

A fine year for home teams and left-arm pace

S Rajesh
Home teams lost only two Tests in 2013, while fast bowlers had their best year in Tests since 2000

AB, Ajmal and Co

The Test, ODI and T20I XIs of 2013, as picked by ESPNcricinfo's staff

The urn returns, and Tendulkar signs off in style

India's young brigade, Sri Lanka's post-war healing, Australia's travails and more in our staff's picks of the best and worst of the year gone by

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