Review 2011


Victorious on and off the field
Victorious on and off the field

Between marquee events in 2011, the women's sides, West Indies in particular, competed hard to show they well and truly belong on the international circuit

Barren, then Durban
Barren, then Durban

Sri Lanka had a mostly forgettable year on the field and off it, save for a glimmer at the end

Year of the bowler and the debutant
Year of the bowler and the debutant

A review in numbers of a year that produced several memorable stats

Rollercoaster riders
Rollercoaster riders

Australia were compulsively watchable in 2011 - soaring one moment, plumbing the depths the next

Small peaks, deep valleys
Small peaks, deep valleys

South Africa's 2011 had more heartache than happiness. They unearthed an exciting new fast bowler but remained trophy-less on the world stage

Everyone's invited to cricket's giant virtual bar
Everyone's invited to cricket's giant virtual bar

Twitter is a medium that has changed the way we follow the game, and how it is reported - not to mention how players talk about it

A verdict, fivers on debut, and Test specials
A verdict, fivers on debut, and Test specials

The last four months of 2011 witnessed the spot-fixing trial, Virender Sehwag's one-day double-hundred and teams collapsing in a heap

Great at 38
Great at 38

Rahul Dravid has just had his second-best year in Test cricket. It has been, most of all, about meeting his own high expectations

Of sagas and silver linings
Of sagas and silver linings

West Indies had another year marred by boardroom strife and middling results

Kings of the short form, knaves in Tests
Kings of the short form, knaves in Tests

The year gone by will always be remembered in India for the World Cup win, but that euphoria only briefly covers up the side's problems

The teams of the year
The teams of the year

The Test and ODI XIs of 2011, as picked by ESPNcricinfo staff

Katto and Sanga slam, and Gordon turns 100
Katto and Sanga slam, and Gordon turns 100

The second third of 2011 saw DRS sagas, surprise recalls and retirements, some nifty diplomacy and a memorable MCC lecture

The day-long menace of the relentless collective
The day-long menace of the relentless collective

The marvel of England's worldbeating fast bowling attack is how it transcends the sum of its parts

A cathartic day five and a gripping day three
A cathartic day five and a gripping day three

Part two of ESPNcricinfo editors' picks of the best and worst in cricket in 2011

The Ireland story and others
The Ireland story and others

The lack of support from the ICC towards the Associates and Affiliates did not deter one team. For the rest, it wasn't a great year

Time for the DRS debate to end
Time for the DRS debate to end

This year gave us an excellent World Cup, some quality Test cricket, and an exciting new league. But the discussions about technology have gone on for far too long

The return of the pariah
The return of the pariah

A disappointing World Cup and end-of-the-year defeats couldn't dampen the joy of their victorious Test comeback

The Ashes, the World Cup, and all sorts of reviews
The Ashes, the World Cup, and all sorts of reviews

The first third of 2011 saw historic wins by England and India, several retirements, and the continuation of the Gayle-WICB saga

Old dogs, new homages, and the conspiracy theories of the year
Old dogs, new homages, and the conspiracy theories of the year

Simon Katich didn't go quietly, and neither are Rahul Dravid or Shane Warne going to. There was a new flippin' murder in town, and a Binga-Fred photo op that wasn't taken

Undone by overconfidence
Undone by overconfidence

Bangladesh's year began with the ignominy of their lowest one-day total and they hardly improved thereafter