Why are only spinning wickets classified as poor?
Why are only spinning wickets classified as poor?

Several seam-led collapses in the last few years have seemingly escaped censure

Wrong place, wrong time
Wrong place, wrong time

All too many cricketers do not make it to the big leagues for reasons that are not to do with their performance on the field

Might cricket ban close-in fielders some day?
Might cricket ban close-in fielders some day?

The question won't sound so absurd if you think back to the history of helmet use in the game

How about penalising umpires if they get two decisions wrong every 80 overs?
How about penalising umpires if they get two decisions wrong every 80 overs?

Players are only allowed to make two unsuccessful referrals for nearly an entire Test match day. How about subjecting the officials to a similar rule?

Which was a better Test: Hobart or Rajkot?
Which was a better Test: Hobart or Rajkot?

The first produced a series win, the second a draw. Only one kept both seamers and spinners in play

Selection at the lower levels: it's complicated
Selection at the lower levels: it's complicated

When you're trying to make it up the ranks to first-class cricket, it's not as straightforward as the numbers you put on the board

How can Australia promote inclusivity at the grass roots?
How can Australia promote inclusivity at the grass roots?

Though progress has been made in getting more migrants to play cricket, certain barriers - largely to do with cultural differences - persist

Captaining Border, drinking with Viv
Captaining Border, drinking with Viv

What's it like to have Richards buy you birthday beers?

What I learned watching the CPL
What I learned watching the CPL

A few surprises from this year's tournament

Where does Amir's comeback rank?
Where does Amir's comeback rank?

From returning after jail terms to dodging bullets: there's no shortage of stories of redemption and players being granted second chances in cricket

Why I'd pay to watch neutral Tests
Why I'd pay to watch neutral Tests

One way to deal with unequal contests is to make the conditions equally alien for both sides

How much should a cricketer train?
How much should a cricketer train?

Shorter, higher-intensity workouts with adequate rest could hold the key to helping players (particularly bowlers) last the season without getting injured

Does West Indies' World T20 win signal the death of their Test cricket?
Does West Indies' World T20 win signal the death of their Test cricket?

The victory may boost grass-roots cricket in the Caribbean but not in the longer format

Can Australian cricket embrace diversity in all forms?
Can Australian cricket embrace diversity in all forms?

Ethnic representation is no longer an issue, but attitudes towards gender equality and sexual orientation still have a ways to go

Is it time for franchise-based Test cricket?
Is it time for franchise-based Test cricket?

Considering the pace of change all across the game, maybe the idea is not all that far-fetched

Could T20 help bring fans to Test cricket?
Could T20 help bring fans to Test cricket?

Not really. The chances are higher of traffic the other way

Why senior cricketers need to learn from kids
Why senior cricketers need to learn from kids

If children can adopt a culture of respect and tolerance without inhibiting competitiveness, it can't be that hard to migrate that spirit into men's cricket at all levels

Sledging: where does one draw the line?
Sledging: where does one draw the line?

There's no easy answer. And the sooner administrators, coaches and players (including the young) figure that out, the better

Cummins may need to go old-school
Cummins may need to go old-school

If the injury-prone fast bowler wants a long career he may need to learn endurance by bowling sustained spells in domestic cricket

Have standards in first-class cricket dropped?
Have standards in first-class cricket dropped?

Poor shot selection and the reluctance to bat long indicate that some countries and players are not giving long-form cricket enough attention