Country Reviews


One stride forward, three back
One stride forward, three back

West Indies were mostly sloppy and lacked the resilient spirit that had come to define their cricket in 2012

From shambolic to superstars
From shambolic to superstars

Whitewashed in India, badly beaten in England and then lo and behold - a transformation and the return of the urn. Australia won't forget 2013 for a long time

No. 1 on the field, not quite off it
No. 1 on the field, not quite off it

South Africa had a satisfactory year, but the financial shortfall of an abbreviated India series and a light schedule for 2014 could spell trouble

A decent year, but don't mention the bowling
A decent year, but don't mention the bowling

India seem to have managed their transition to a new generation of players reasonably well but there are gaps to fill

Where's the human touch?
Where's the human touch?

There was something about England's cricket team, even when it was winning, that did not entirely connect with the public mood

An electric instability
An electric instability

When they won it was magnificent, when they lost it made for dynamite drama. In short, just another year in Pakistan cricket

Big fish in a small pond
Big fish in a small pond

Ireland are undoubtedly masters among the minnows but they continued to be disappointed at not getting chances against the big boys

A tussle for crumbs
A tussle for crumbs

It was a year when Canada and Kenya tripped up while others like Afghanistan, Nepal, Netherlands and UAE made some loud noises

The year of the underdog
The year of the underdog

In the women's game, West Indies, Pakistan and Ireland stamped their authority on the field, while Australia, New Zealand and South Africa made significant progress off it

An administrative farce
An administrative farce

The Sri Lankan board's continuing ineptness meant a paucity of Tests, alienation of senior players, and another cancelled T20 league

Blowing hot and cold
Blowing hot and cold

It was an improvement on 2012's annus horribilis but New Zealand's search for consistency continues

Speeding upwards
Speeding upwards

Afghanistan's year included a historic World Cup qualification and a near-perfect record against all Associates and Affiliates except Ireland

Does anyone want to play?
Does anyone want to play?

In a year when Bangladesh raised their standards, especially at home, it's disheartening that their fixtures list looked so bare

Splendid and dismal
Splendid and dismal

Zimbabwe produced moments of brilliance on the field that gave just enough succour to keep hopes of a better future alive