A year of goodbyes
A year of goodbyes

Plenty of players bid farewell to the game in 2013 - an unusual number of great ones among them

Cricket's finest bloke?
Cricket's finest bloke?

Quiet, unassuming, polite and humble, Hashim Amla remains a terrific role model

England lack skill, pure and simple
England lack skill, pure and simple

The tourists have no excuses for their poor showing. They have simply not been good enough against quality bowling on lively pitches

Doesn't sledging hurt anyone?
Doesn't sledging hurt anyone?

Players insist that what's said on the field doesn't affect them, but then why do it at all? And why go up in arms when someone seemingly crosses the line?

How did sledging become a sign of manliness?
How did sledging become a sign of manliness?

Michael Clarke has gained praise in some quarters for showing mongrel by sledging. What sort of message does that send?

When petulant jingoism is mistaken for news
When petulant jingoism is mistaken for news

A Brisbane newspaper's campaign to vilify Stuart Broad has backfired spectacularly, and deservedly, as it wrongly portrays Australian fans as churlish and immature

Tendulkar: devoid of malice
Tendulkar: devoid of malice

Is his image a carefully constructed bubble that will one day be pricked? Everyone I have asked emphatically disagrees

Warne, Watson, and the importance of emotional intelligence
Warne, Watson, and the importance of emotional intelligence

A certain famous legspinner has shown he does not quite get leadership - in contrast to the two captains in the upcoming Ashes series

Is any total safe anymore?
Is any total safe anymore?

Scoring at more than six runs per over no longer comes fraught with huge risk and considerable damage

What's the right age to start wearing helmets?
What's the right age to start wearing helmets?

Do kids as young as eight need the protection, or do helmets just hamper their batting technique?

The death of the yorker
The death of the yorker

Where are the bowlers who consistently land balls in the blockhole at decent pace?

The left-hander's cover drive
The left-hander's cover drive

Aka the cricket stroke that can move medical professionals to poetry

Australia's grassroots problem
Australia's grassroots problem

Is it worth forking out the equivalent of a month's mortgage for your ten-year-old to play for a representative team?

Injuries could decide the Ashes
Injuries could decide the Ashes

Both sides are similarly matched in batting and bowling, so it may come down to who can stand up on the field longer

Can liability be enforced in sport, like in business?
Can liability be enforced in sport, like in business?

Umpires and referees make mistakes, but challenging them legally in the name of professionalism would be taking things a step too far

Is spin Australia's future?
Is spin Australia's future?

Going by the number of spinners in a recent U-11 trial in Brisbane, it looks like Australia's attack might come to be dominated by slow bowlers in the future

Ashes myths and realities
Ashes myths and realities

An amateur stats analysis of the recent series, and a look at what we could expect Down Under at the end of the year

What to do when you feel frustrated
What to do when you feel frustrated

If you're like Lehmann, you could swear, be comical, and not worry about having to think before you speak

Do nasty guys finish first?
Do nasty guys finish first?

Snarls and frowns can never guarantee success. Only the right combination of players can. So why criticise a captain for being gracious?

Give the umpire a break
Give the umpire a break

Despite all the criticism that has been turned on them, the on-field officials are doing a decent job