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

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

An electric instability

Osman Samiuddin
When they won it was magnificent, when they lost it made for dynamite drama. In short, just another year in Pakistan cricket

Big fish in a small pond

Ger Siggins
Ireland are undoubtedly masters among the minnows but they continued to be disappointed at not getting chances against the big boys

A tussle for crumbs

Peter Della Penna
It was a year when Canada and Kenya tripped up while others like Afghanistan, Nepal, Netherlands and UAE made some loud noises

The year of the underdog

Raf Nicholson
In the women's game, West Indies, Pakistan and Ireland stamped their authority on the field, while Australia, New Zealand and South Africa made significant progress off it

An administrative farce

Andrew Fidel Fernando
The Sri Lankan board's continuing ineptness meant a paucity of Tests, alienation of senior players, and another cancelled T20 league

Blowing hot and cold

Andrew Alderson
It was an improvement on 2012's annus horribilis but New Zealand's search for consistency continues

Speeding upwards

Tim Wigmore
Afghanistan's year included a historic World Cup qualification and a near-perfect record against all Associates and Affiliates except Ireland

Does anyone want to play?

Mohammad Isam
In a year when Bangladesh raised their standards, especially at home, it's disheartening that their fixtures list looked so bare

Splendid and dismal

Liam Brickhill
Zimbabwe produced moments of brilliance on the field that gave just enough succour to keep hopes of a better future alive

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

Ashraful cries, Johnson terrifies

Australia's Ashes revival, Afghanistan's fairy tale, player boycotts and more in our staff's picks of the best and worst of the year gone by

Enthusiastic in-laws and Ashes slugfests

Compiled by Nishi Narayanan
This year we realised that administrators say the darnedest things and that cricketers can sometimes be funny
  • 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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