The lure of Lord's
The lure of Lord's

HQ still has an atmosphere no cricket ground can equal. The idea of it may irritate, but the actuality placates and uplifts, never disappoints

Australia not charred by the Ashes
Australia not charred by the Ashes

Things don't seem as dismal as they did in January. And that's because some tough and necessary decisions have been taken

Can South Africa keep it going?
Can South Africa keep it going?

Their second generation of players is setting about the task of building a side strong enough to challenge the world, but it's not just about notching up the results

South Africa must seize their chance to shine
South Africa must seize their chance to shine

They have the players and the leadership, but the board needs to get its house in order

Sri Lanka on the brink
Sri Lanka on the brink

They'll lose more of their top players soon, and political interference in the game is rife. What does the future hold?

The all-round art of Sangakkara
The all-round art of Sangakkara

Balanced yet intense, ruthless in his need to succeed, always contributing to his team's cause, he is among the finest cricketers Sri Lanka has produced

Whatever happened to accountability?
Whatever happened to accountability?

While players have become professional on and off the field, those who govern them have largely remained amateur in their attitudes. That needs to change drastically

England take the old-fashioned route to the top
England take the old-fashioned route to the top

On their way to No. 1 they revived swing bowling, didn't let Twenty20 affect their batting, and showed that execution matters more than content

Is there a method in the Australian selectors' madness?
Is there a method in the Australian selectors' madness?

The panel seems to be acting without rhyme or reason, mainly on the idea of shaking the tree until Test players emerge

The triple
The triple

The 300-run milestone is unique to Test cricket, calling on the batsman to express the work of a lifetime in a single innings

Sangakkara's challenge to cricket
Sangakkara's challenge to cricket

His speech at Lord's should serve as a wake-up call to administrators to use the game to serve people, and not for selfish gains

The primal contest
The primal contest

The game's essential match-up, of batsman against bowler, finds its best expression in Test cricket

Who are cricket's future greats?
Who are cricket's future greats?

Are there batsmen and bowlers to replace Tendulkar, Kallis, Sangakkara and Steyn? And will they give rise to great teams as well?

Watson's turnaround
Watson's turnaround

Shane Watson has transformed the fragility of his body into solidity and become perhaps the most valuable player in the game at the moment

Wright and Donald could do Australia good
Wright and Donald could do Australia good

The back-room team that guided New Zealand at the World Cup would not be a bad bet for the former champions as they look to rebuild

What Bangladesh could learn from Sri Lanka's success
What Bangladesh could learn from Sri Lanka's success

Sri Lankan cricket has its problems, but it is overall a success and born of a system worth emulating

Cricket's impending crisis
Cricket's impending crisis

The ICC board talks a lot about cleaning up the game. They might consider starting with themselves

An encounter to stop a subcontinent
An encounter to stop a subcontinent

It may be only a cricket match, but try telling the millions who'll watch India v Pakistan in the World Cup semi-final that

Don't knock the World Cup
Don't knock the World Cup

The enthusiasm of the crowds, the organisation, the number of competitive matches, and the fact that three countries are sharing the load, has made this one a tournament worth watching

South Africa's unburdened youngsters could do it
South Africa's unburdened youngsters could do it

The team's World Cup chances are better this time round because many of their players don't carry the baggage their predecessors did. But they will be challenged by an underrated England