A new beginning for England?
A new beginning for England?

Collingwood's side were fearless and kept pressing till victory was theirs. Here's hoping it marks a renaissance in the country's cricket

Attack, but skilfully
Attack, but skilfully

At no point in the history of one-day cricket has as much emphasis been put on taking wickets as there is now - though not too many are getting it quite right

So what if there's 40-over cricket?
So what if there's 40-over cricket?

An abbreviated format may not provide enough of a canvas for greatness to be displayed, but cricket is about entertainment foremost

The return of the cheeky chappie
The return of the cheeky chappie

England's spin sensation plays like a man eager for a scrap and bowls like one expecting to take wickets. Long may his tribe last

Quick money trumps hard yakka
Quick money trumps hard yakka

Twenty20 offers fast bowlers their most convenient stage. It will be a pity if it becomes their only space for expression

Old-school Dale
Old-school Dale

Hunting and fishing are still part of his life but the rawness and inconsistency have dropped away and Steyn has emerged as one of the best fast bowlers in the world

Power to Pakistan
Power to Pakistan

They have long been among cricket's most compelling teams, and though the current turmoil in the country bodes ill for the game, there is hope yet

Australia must get its house in order
Australia must get its house in order

Cricket Australia ought to consider banning alcohol at matches. It has gone well beyond a joke

Return of finger spin
Return of finger spin

It's back from the dead courtesy of Swann, Hauritz, Benn and others, relying on good old accuracy and slight disguise

Thirteen to watch
Thirteen to watch

Kohli, Roach, Parnell and 10 other youngsters to look forward to in the years ahead

A time to loot and plunder
A time to loot and plunder

Aided by fat bats, flat pitches and the absence of menacing bowlers, batsmen made merry in the 2000s, setting new records and devaluing Test run-making in the process

The joy of Jaya
The joy of Jaya

No mere smash-and-grab artist, Sanath Jayasuriya has revolutionised opening and done it with a shy exuberance and no hint of swagger

Tradesman at the top
Tradesman at the top

With his matter-of-fact approach, Andrew Strauss is better placed than his predecessors to develop the winning culture his side so needs

India's proudest possession
India's proudest possession

Tendulkar has gone two decades being a blend of the sublime and the precise, incapable of ugliness or of being dull; and those are among the least of his achievements

Why Ireland should be a Test nation
Why Ireland should be a Test nation

Cricket needs to move beyond its cosy cartel of countries, bring in more teams, and have two or more divisions

Long live the Champions League
Long live the Champions League

The tenacity of the South Africans, the efficiency of the Australians, and the flair of the Caribbean players have made the event an unqualified success

Flintoff consoles Lee
Flintoff consoles Lee

In the heat of battle, Fred shows he cares

Leave it to Dan
Leave it to Dan

Bowler, batsman, fielder, captain - none of Vettori's roles fails to lift a side that badly needs inspiration

Cricket needs its grand occasions
Cricket needs its grand occasions

Our sport hardly has the concept of majors. It can start by making the Champions Trophy a destination, not a journey

There's life in the ODI yet
There's life in the ODI yet

No version of the game that has produced so many outstanding feats ought lightly to be tossed away in favour of a format that does not offer the possibility of greatness