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Ed Cowan fields the ball to 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 with Richie Benaud in 1953

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

Malcolm Marshall bowling in Barbados


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

The Mask: a fan holds a giant cutout of Michael Clarke's face

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

Brad Haddin helps Peter Nevill with his wicketkeeping drills

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

There was also immediate success for Mitchell Johnson

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

Ryan Harris is congratulated on dismissing Virat Kohli

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 portrait

Ken Grieves, forgotten hero

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

Five Australians who made centuries on Test debut: (From L-R) Fielding coach Greg Blewett, captain Michael Clarke, Adam Voges, Shaun Marsh and national selector Mark Waugh

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