No time for back-slapping
No time for back-slapping

England have displayed fortitude, pride, skill and unity, but they need to confront some hard truths still

The Flintoff factor
The Flintoff factor

England's totemic allrounder has been more about competence, stout-hearted service and some irresistible performances, rather than out-and-out greatness

Johnson, Hughes and the ordeal of cricket
Johnson, Hughes and the ordeal of cricket

Often the game becomes a curse, as two Australians struggling in the Ashes can testify

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

Ashes ahoy
Ashes ahoy

The characters may lack in stature as compared to some of their predecessors, but the script promises to be tight

The short format's big role
The short format's big role

The purists may sneer at it, but Twenty20's most vital role will be in making cricket popular in places where it isn't

Why Twenty20 deserves its success
Why Twenty20 deserves its success

The 20-over version has caught the popular imagination, and the quality of the game hasn't been bad either. It reminds us that cricket is meant to be fun - and that that is an important quality for a sport

Australia pick pragmatically
Australia pick pragmatically

Symonds' omission apart, the selectors have merely named their best players and left the rest to be sorted out on tour

No auto-pilot in Twenty20
No auto-pilot in Twenty20

The difference Warne and Dhoni have made to their sides proves that captains are paramount, even in the shortest format

No auto-pilot in Twenty20
No auto-pilot in Twenty20

The difference Warne and Dhoni have made to their sides proves that captains are paramount, even in the shortest format

Old and beautiful
Old and beautiful

Men written off, men supposedly past their primes, have proved that the IPL, and the world, belong not to youth or any other category

South Africa's hour
South Africa's hour

The offer to host the IPL is an impressive statement of confidence by a nation prepared to accept challenges

Full speed ahead
Full speed ahead

Mitchell Johnson has moved from newbie to pace-bowling spearhead cum hard-hitting No. 8 double quick, and the best part is, he's not nearly done developing yet

What now for cricket?
What now for cricket?

Cricket has been more vulnerable to discord and conflict than many sports, and the latest crisis may be the most serious yet

Time to put the boot in
Time to put the boot in

The win in Australia was an expression of hope; the potential needs to be taken to the next level now

The road out of hell
The road out of hell

The signs are that Australia may have put the worst behind them

The unbreakable South African
The unbreakable South African

Humble, resilient, modest and unflappable, Hashim Amla has overcome plenty and emerged the better for it

The man beneath the muscle
The man beneath the muscle

Hayden was typecast as a batting bully, but he was subtler than that, and the same divergence showed in his character as well

Worrell and Co. get a royal farewell
Worrell and Co. get a royal farewell

West Indies may have lost the series, but they won the hearts of all Australia

Win-win situation
Win-win situation

Every now and then a Test match comes along that transcends the moment and lifts the spirit. Chennai was one such