Decade review


From Launceston to the top of the world
From Launceston to the top of the world

A video look back at Ricky Ponting in the 2000s

'This one's extra satisfying' - Ponting
'This one's extra satisfying' - Ponting

Cricinfo's Player of the Decade title is "a great honour and a great thrill" for Australia's captain

Laughing boy
Laughing boy

Like Bradman before him, Ponting turned the opposition into ball-ferriers, delighting in his mastery all the while

Ponting voted Player of the Decade
Ponting voted Player of the Decade

Australian captain beats Jacques Kallis to be voted cricketer of the 2000s

Gilly and Baz go bonkers
Gilly and Baz go bonkers

Flintoff's Edgbaston magic, a Tendulkar gem, that 434 chase, and the IPL's fiery start feature in the second part of our performances of the decade

What can we expect from the 2010s?
What can we expect from the 2010s?

City-based franchises or a world Test championship? Best- and worst-case scenarios for the new decade

Ricky rampages, Shoaib sizzles
Ricky rampages, Shoaib sizzles

One of the greatest Tests of the decade, four World Cup performances, a seven-for, and a blazing double feature in the first part of our performances of the decade

A great decade for run-making
A great decade for run-making

More results in Tests, more rewards for spinners; but batsmen dominate. A look at some significant numbers from the 10 years gone by

The rise of the US, the death of Tests
The rise of the US, the death of Tests

Test cricket will die, Twenty20 will kill it; Test cricket will thrive, Twenty20 will peter out: our writers and columnists have all sorts of predictions for the 2010s

What football and basketball can teach cricket
What football and basketball can teach cricket

The influx of big money into cricket in the last decade has parallels in other sports; there are lessons to be found there as well

Missed chances and lost glories
Missed chances and lost glories

For England, despite the Ashes successes, the overriding feeling as the 2000s drew to a close was one of a gnawing emptiness

Little cricket, lots of corruption
Little cricket, lots of corruption

The game was an afterthought in a decade of near anarchy under the Mugabe regime: Zimbabwe lost Test status, most of its senior players, and the compassion of the cricketing world

Whatever happened to context?
Whatever happened to context?

Cricket has become a victim of the culture of fun. Now there are no sub-plots, no drama and no rivalries; it's difficult to gauge the value of players, and hard to get excited about all but a few match-ups

Why 55 is the new 50
Why 55 is the new 50

Numbers indicate that the noughties was the best decade for batting in a long, long time

A time to loot and plunder
A time to loot and plunder

Aided by fat bats, flat pitches and the absence of menacing bowlers, batsmen made merry in the 2000s, setting new records and devaluing Test run-making in the process

From match-fixing to Modi
From match-fixing to Modi

The last decade in Indian cricket was defined by three kinds of madness

Where is the game headed?
Where is the game headed?

Twenty20 can save or destroy cricket. India, the financial backbone, must lead the rest into the decade with responsibility and vision

Aussies and others
Aussies and others

Five Australians figure in each of the two XIs of the decade picked by Cricinfo's jury

From the fringes to the engine room
From the fringes to the engine room

Over this decade the role of the coach assumed more importance and complexity than it ever had before. Opinion, though, has remained divided on the utility of the position

The downward spiral
The downward spiral

In the 2000s, West Indies went further and faster down the slippery slope they started on the decade before, as infighting, apathy and instability came to reign