Christian Ryan


The lingering image of Rubel Hossain
The lingering image of Rubel Hossain

Short, slight, fast, skiddy, moves it sideways, in-drifts it, and gets good bounce. And the last Australia probably saw of him was two one-over spells

Elegy for runlessness
Elegy for runlessness

Chatara to Dhawan: six balls, no runs, six paragraphs. There's a certain poetry about the maiden over

Twenty-two balls from Chris Jordan
Twenty-two balls from Chris Jordan

Or how England can take a simple idea and stretch it till it makes no sense at all

Man walks into a bar, watches Afghanistan
Man walks into a bar, watches Afghanistan

It's natural that cricket's obsessives should relish the sparkle of Afghanistan's play this World Cup

Soumya Sarkar's shot in the dark
Soumya Sarkar's shot in the dark

The long-lasting memory of a young batsman we have never seen before is of that one brilliant shot announcing his arrival

Ross Taylor: hips don't lie
Ross Taylor: hips don't lie

On the first morning of the World Cup: a most engrossing 14 runs

Watching Ashton Agar
Watching Ashton Agar

When you make 98 from No. 11 on debut, it is your premature fate to never just be another name on a teamsheet

The Marsh mystery
The Marsh mystery

He looks like one of Australia's top six batsmen, doesn't make the necessary runs in first-class cricket, briefly dazzles in Tests, goes away, then comes back

Why is it always about the team?
Why is it always about the team?

Insiders consider Kevin Pietersen's lack of "teamliness" his biggest flaw but spectators love to watch him play. So who matters more?

The 52nd six
The 52nd six

Watching and hearing a six hit at a ground is a visceral experience, even in an age when sixes are the norm, not the exception

Faint fluttering decibels
Faint fluttering decibels

Bill Lawry, no stranger, returns, with his gift to articulate precisely what the viewer is thinking

A cricket ground's song
A cricket ground's song

What makes a special cricket place special? At Adelaide Oval, part of it is that going to the cricket is about not having to watch the cricket

The thing about speed guns
The thing about speed guns

Does knowing how fast someone is bowling add to our experience of watching?

Being liked
Being liked

Thinking the Australian team unlikeable is a habit people slipped into. There comes a time for eyes to be readjusted

Rhythm and the lost art of hanging on
Rhythm and the lost art of hanging on

T20 is bad for batting technique, but could it be good for batting mindsets?

Unknown knowns at Limestone Exit
Unknown knowns at Limestone Exit

Ricky Ponting's departure can't have been the dream script people make it out to be, but at least he controlled his own destiny

'Bryce-ee!'
'Bryce-ee!'

McGain, he of one-Test fame, is well placed, perhaps, to see cricket's little disappointments for what they are

The Lendl of cricket coaching
The Lendl of cricket coaching

Has cricket missed out an obvious candidate?

Eugenides and Adorno at the cricket
Eugenides and Adorno at the cricket

Is there any point in being sad about the Sheffield Shield's place in our culture today?

Sachin of Benalla
Sachin of Benalla

They say no one ever remembers how you leave cricket, that the memory of you at your peak is what's everlasting. Is that true?