Australia not charred by the Ashes
Things don't seem as dismal as they did in January. And that's because some tough and necessary decisions have been taken
Can South Africa keep it going?
Their second generation of players is setting about the task of building a side strong enough to challenge the world, but it's not just about notching up the results
South Africa must seize their chance to shine
They have the players and the leadership, but the board needs to get its house in order
Sri Lanka on the brink
They'll lose more of their top players soon, and political interference in the game is rife. What does the future hold?
The all-round art of Sangakkara
Balanced yet intense, ruthless in his need to succeed, always contributing to his team's cause, he is among the finest cricketers Sri Lanka has produced
Whatever happened to accountability?
While players have become professional on and off the field, those who govern them have largely remained amateur in their attitudes. That needs to change drastically
England take the old-fashioned route to the top
On their way to No. 1 they revived swing bowling, didn't let Twenty20 affect their batting, and showed that execution matters more than content
Is there a method in the Australian selectors' madness?
The panel seems to be acting without rhyme or reason, mainly on the idea of shaking the tree until Test players emerge
The 300-run milestone is unique to Test cricket, calling on the batsman to express the work of a lifetime in a single innings
Sangakkara's challenge to cricket
His speech at Lord's should serve as a wake-up call to administrators to use the game to serve people, and not for selfish gains
The primal contest
The game's essential match-up, of batsman against bowler, finds its best expression in Test cricket
Who are cricket's future greats?
Are there batsmen and bowlers to replace Tendulkar, Kallis, Sangakkara and Steyn? And will they give rise to great teams as well?
Shane Watson has transformed the fragility of his body into solidity and become perhaps the most valuable player in the game at the moment
Wright and Donald could do Australia good
The back-room team that guided New Zealand at the World Cup would not be a bad bet for the former champions as they look to rebuild
What Bangladesh could learn from Sri Lanka's success
Sri Lankan cricket has its problems, but it is overall a success and born of a system worth emulating
Cricket's impending crisis
The ICC board talks a lot about cleaning up the game. They might consider starting with themselves
An encounter to stop a subcontinent
It may be only a cricket match, but try telling the millions who'll watch India v Pakistan in the World Cup semi-final that
Don't knock the World Cup
The enthusiasm of the crowds, the organisation, the number of competitive matches, and the fact that three countries are sharing the load, has made this one a tournament worth watching
South Africa's unburdened youngsters could do it
The team's World Cup chances are better this time round because many of their players don't carry the baggage their predecessors did. But they will be challenged by an underrated England
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