Unpredictable roads ahead for Australia
Unpredictable roads ahead for Australia

Summer is a time when the country kids itself about its cricket. It's likely to be different this season

The importance of Cameron Bancroft
The importance of Cameron Bancroft

The new man in the Australia squad is a fielder who has the potential to be ranked an allrounder by virtue of his skill close-in

Arthur Morris, my pen pal
Arthur Morris, my pen pal

How the Australian batsman touched the heart of a young fan he had never met by responding to his letters

When Maco came to town
When Maco came to town

In early 1982, Malcolm Marshall was broken, but a season in Melbourne club cricket was a small step on his way to rattling the world

Michael Clarke: a fan's notes
Michael Clarke: a fan's notes

In many ways, he was representative of a generation of Australian men - though he more accurately represented a historic shift that divides athlete and fan more than ever before

Two sides to the Haddin case
Two sides to the Haddin case

For all the emotion tied to his family situation and the depth of his contribution to the Test side, he was seriously out of form with the bat

Mitchell learns to rock (again)
Mitchell learns to rock (again)

Soggy in Cardiff, he was back to red-hot at Lord's, providing a fine exposition of the art of heavy metal bowling

When Harris grimaced, Australia smiled
When Harris grimaced, Australia smiled

Equal parts carthorse and strike bowler, whether fit and firing or bruised and shrugging away pain, he bowled for wins, and more often than not he got them

Ken Grieves, forgotten hero
Ken Grieves, forgotten hero

Remembering an Australian cricketer and footballer who played in the Ashes - against the country of his birth

Older Australia, stronger Australia?
Older Australia, stronger Australia?

Their batsmen are well seasoned going into the Ashes - like on other recent visits to England. It is a trend that has worked in terms of run-scoring, if not overall results

Curveball
Curveball

There was a time when fast bowlers ran in from mid-off. Why do modern quicks stick to the straight and narrow?

Darren Lehmann, Yorkshire colossus
Darren Lehmann, Yorkshire colossus

He did spectacularly well in county cricket and was part of many an escapade, but those exploits went largely unnoticed back home

Can cricket hold on to its multi-sport players?
Can cricket hold on to its multi-sport players?

Young players often pick cricket over the richer football codes for the love of the game. It is a risky proposition for them, though

Wanted: Faulkner the Test allrounder
Wanted: Faulkner the Test allrounder

He has played very little first-class cricket of late to prove his worth despite showing an aptitude for the longer format during earlier seasons

Why ball-tracking can't be trusted
Why ball-tracking can't be trusted

In the absence of information on how the technology works, it's hard for some of us to shake doubts about why what we're seeing with our eyes differs significantly from the reading of a computer

Hayden the hard yakker
Hayden the hard yakker

Aka the finest wordsmith from the planet of Australia

A Warne-fer
A Warne-fer

Shane Warne took 1001 international wickets, and plenty more in lesser contests. How to pick five from those?

Ashes and dust, dross and gold
Ashes and dust, dross and gold

An inside look at the ups and down of Australian cricket between 2006 and 2014

Shapoor Zadran, cult hero
Shapoor Zadran, cult hero

The Afghanistan fast bowler is an example of the exuberance the Associates bring to the table, but sadly they'll probably not be seen in four years' time

Whatever happened to the wacky warm-up?
Whatever happened to the wacky warm-up?

Back in the day, World Cup warm-ups used to be played against obscure and exotic teams