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A fan catches the action from behind a Brendon McCullum mask


Raw and raging

Brendon McCullum's book has the story of his career but also far too much bile and score-settling

Trevor Chappell during the 1981 Ashes

Hate to Love

The villain who wasn't

Can you piss off a whole country and yet remain a cracking bloke? Yes, if you are Trevor Chappell

Brendon McCullum walks past a group of fans

The people's legend

Brendon McCullum is a New Zealand icon because he's equal parts good bloke, straight shooter and gambler - not an untouchable deity but rather the guy from two doors down

New Zealand rugby fans celebrate

Cricket in rugby country

Unlike in the subcontinent, where cricket rules hearts and minds, in New Zealand everything starts and ends with rugby

Ian Smith in the field

High Fives

Dressed for success

How you're kitted out says a lot about you. Memorable bits of clobber that revealed the most

Lou Vincent watches his team's innings

The Vincent punishment

What incentive do other players have of confessing their involvement in fixing if a lifetime ban is all that they can expect?

Lou Vincent watches his team's innings

I feel sad for cricket

The integrity of the game is taking a massive, but necessary, hit with the Lou Vincent revelations

Todd Astle took 4 for 26 to help Canterbury lift the State Championship

Trusting a man with two first names

New Zealand's selectors have taken a punt on 27-year-old offspinner Mark Craig, highlighting the anaemic state of spin bowling in the land