Australia wriggle free and march into World Cup final
Australia wriggle free and march into World Cup final

Australia booked themselves into the final of the World Cup with a comprehensive 48-run win against Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka take Coca Cola Champions Trophy in dramatic finale
Sri Lanka take Coca Cola Champions Trophy in dramatic finale

Finals can often become turgid one-sided affairs

Sri Lanka take Coca Cola Champions Trophy in dramatic finale
Sri Lanka take Coca Cola Champions Trophy in dramatic finale

Finals can often become turgid one-sided affairs

Sri Lankan board reaches agreement with players
Sri Lankan board reaches agreement with players

Sri Lanka's World Cup player contracts dispute has been solved after talks between the players and cricket board officials on Thursday afternoon

Cheeky, chatty, charitable
Cheeky, chatty, charitable

To know Murali was to love him (and occasionally to wish he would be quiet)

Atapattu and Jayawardene prosper
Atapattu and Jayawardene prosper

Marvan Atapattu and Mahela Jayawardene struck hundreds to pull Sri Lanka out of a difficult position and into one from where they could get close to New Zealand's tall score

The nuts and bolts of Mahela Jayawardene
The nuts and bolts of Mahela Jayawardene

Mahela Jayawardene is one of the most complete batsmen in Sri Lankan cricket today, admired for both the elegance of his play and the solidity of his technique

Spin trump Muralitharan primed for action
Spin trump Muralitharan primed for action

One man has dominated the build-up to the forthcoming Test series between Sri Lanka and England

Winds of change
Winds of change

Arjuna Ranataunga always had strong views on how cricket was run in Sri Lanka. Now that he has become the chairman, it's his chance to "get cricket right", and he has started out with a host of changes

'I have to get cricket right'
'I have to get cricket right'

Arjuna Ranatunga, recently appointed the chairman of Sri Lanka Cricket, talks about his plans - both for the long run and short - and the changes Sri Lankan cricket needs

Good not great
Good not great

Sri Lanka did done decently well in 2007 - save for a couple of hiccups

The great entertainer
The great entertainer

Jayasuriya's free-spirited, electrifying talent will be sorely missed. So long, Sanath

'No spinner has Warne's thinking power'
'No spinner has Warne's thinking power'

Murali is thrilled to have broken the record at his hometown of Kandy and pays tribute to his first captain Arjuna Ranatunga

BC Cooray hangs up the white coat
BC Cooray hangs up the white coat

BC Cooray has hung up his white coat after 23 years of umpiring and one of the most controversial Test matches of modern times. Unsurprisingly,there was no public farewell - his last performance simply left too much bitterness in Sri Lanka.

Underdone and overwhelmed
Underdone and overwhelmed

Little went right for Sri Lanka on the tour of Australia, but a tough tour would have prepared them well for the series against England

A fighter and a frank talker
A fighter and a frank talker

Tragically, one of the finest batsmen in Sri Lanka's history, a technical artisan with a cover-drive from heaven, has ended his international days in a fog of injustice

Par for the course
Par for the course

Peers and former greats pay tribute to Murali

All is not lost
All is not lost

At last, we were treated to resistance rather than a roll over, as Mohammad Ashraful and Mushfique clipped their naturally aggressive wings and buckled done for a proper fight

Bangladesh wilt against Sri Lankan prowess
Bangladesh wilt against Sri Lankan prowess

Bangladesh folded once again and this time their implosion was even more spectacular and depressing. After just 70.5 overs of cricket there was only one winner in this game

An end has a start
An end has a start

After such a brave fight on day three, Bangladesh's demise on the fourth morning was both spectacular and sad, writes Charlie Austin