Jarrod Kimber


Happy new era
Happy new era

England's new players enjoyed the celebrations the most in front of delighted - and drunk - crowd

Pankaj Singh, Test wicket-taker
Pankaj Singh, Test wicket-taker

After 26 spells, 69 overs, and 415 deliveries, Pankaj Singh took the wicket that was cheered by cricket fans regardless of their affiliation

James Anderson - not finished yet
James Anderson - not finished yet

Not since the first Test of last summer's Ashes has James Anderson been as effective for England. With the possibility of suspension hanging over him, he restated his value

The woeful world of Pankaj Singh
The woeful world of Pankaj Singh

Pankaj Singh greeted his most expensive analysis in Test history with the words 'That is cricket'. It was admirable acceptance from an impressive man of a record he did not deserve

Ugly runs but still they swoon
Ugly runs but still they swoon

Alastair Cook did not bat like a leading man but the crowd applauded him for simply not failing

A hole in England's bucket
A hole in England's bucket

What's wrong with their cricket? Well, what isn't?

Together they fall
Together they fall

England rose to No. 1 in the rankings with a machine-like efficiency but the signs of an impending breakdown were quickly apparent

Anderson shines in era of the No. 11
Anderson shines in era of the No. 11

There are few endeavors as silly as No. 11s batting. Anderson's innings was another piece of history for cricket's most comical and undervalued batting position

The pearl and the bank clerk
The pearl and the bank clerk

The stories of Shaminda Eranga and Rangana Herath sum up the Sri Lanka team, an under-prepared, under-financed group who refused to be beaten by England

England's comedy of errors
England's comedy of errors

It was not hard to spot England's mistakes on a day when they even ran out of stupid ideas

Pradeep makes his stand
Pradeep makes his stand

Sri Lanka were left relying on the unlikeliest of heroes as a dramatic last hour drew to its conclusion

Sri Lanka's brothers in arms
Sri Lanka's brothers in arms

The hug Kumar Sangakkara received from Mahela Jayawardene after completing a century at Lord's was just another chapter in their bromance

Standing in the shadows of giants
Standing in the shadows of giants

Without the coach who took them to No. 1 and the allrounder who made them great, South Africa are trying to surf into a tidal wave

More bust than boom
More bust than boom

Proper cricket fans would have enjoyed Shaun Marsh's doggedness and Steven Smith's strokeplay - pity there were too few in the ground

Tell the administrators you're watching them
Tell the administrators you're watching them

International cricket's top three seem to be planning a hostile takeover of the game. Do you want to stop them?

England's road to hell
England's road to hell

At the end, as their coach vowed to get more intense and controlling, England's players drifted round the SCG like broken machines

Trying to turn six into No. 1
Trying to turn six into No. 1

Australia's top order has been bailed out time and again by Brad Haddin - but they will need to do better if they are going to top the rankings

Where it all didn't go wrong for Australia
Where it all didn't go wrong for Australia

So much has clicked for Michael Clarke and his players, even on the occasions when things briefly looked like they might go right for England instead

All calm in Johnson's slipstream
All calm in Johnson's slipstream

Somehow, in 88 days, the Ashes flipped around. Even the Barmy Army's Mitchell Johnson song doesn't make sense any more

Mighty young Joe
Mighty young Joe

He stood up to Mitchell Johnson and showed the fight England and their fans needed. Joe Root was the boy who wouldn't back down