The Briefing


Sri Lanka are so consistent they don't need a coach
Sri Lanka are so consistent they don't need a coach

In July in cricket, there was some intense loving, wooing and buck-passing

Here's a massively premature review of the World Cup
Here's a massively premature review of the World Cup

Because, you know, why not

The IPL is boring. The World Cup is boring. We want to see BCCI v Cricket Australia
The IPL is boring. The World Cup is boring. We want to see BCCI v Cricket Australia

Cricket's biggest rivalry is back. Also, can RCB doing anything right?

Test cricket is dying, but really, really slowly
Test cricket is dying, but really, really slowly

Also: riveting analysis of the outrage over the Ashwin-Buttler mankading saga

Sri Lanka can totally win the World Cup (as long as SLC continues to screw up)
Sri Lanka can totally win the World Cup (as long as SLC continues to screw up)

A look back at February in cricket tells us everything we need to know about the near future

How to apologise: a primer for cricketers
How to apologise: a primer for cricketers

We look back at the ill-advised pronouncements of the two months gone by

Jonny v the imaginary villains, and other stories
Jonny v the imaginary villains, and other stories

November? Time to get your punching gloves on

A cricket team called New Zealand? Never heard of it
A cricket team called New Zealand? Never heard of it

October in cricket featured many Rs: return, retirement, run-out, rest and Ravi Shastri

Did they just tell Angelo Mathews he's fat?
Did they just tell Angelo Mathews he's fat?

Last month in cricket had all the usual fun: players and staff dissing everyone else, boards doing things (or not), and one man's weight problem

Can The Hundred save English cricket? Not if Kohli can help it
Can The Hundred save English cricket? Not if Kohli can help it

August has been all about one man, and the Briefing has had enough

Will Arjuna Ranatunga become Sri Lanka's next president?
Will Arjuna Ranatunga become Sri Lanka's next president?

There's politics, ire and Yorkshire in the July edition of the Briefing

How Australia made a fresh start and Shastri became a rapper
How Australia made a fresh start and Shastri became a rapper

All the news you missed in June, and some stuff you wished you'd forgotten - it's all in the Briefing

Will playing Bangladesh bankrupt you?
Will playing Bangladesh bankrupt you?

And can NASA fix Virat Kohli? We seek answers in our recap of everything that went down in the world of cricket in May

Cricket in the time of idiots
Cricket in the time of idiots

Why the ECB's 100-ball proposal is awful. Or great. Or wotevz. Plus more about Fawad Alam than you probably cared to know

Near-fisticuffs, hackings, underwear shenanigans, broken glass
Near-fisticuffs, hackings, underwear shenanigans, broken glass

March had more rubbishy action than a Steven Seagal starrer. And it all ended in tears

How much dying can Test cricket do?
How much dying can Test cricket do?

Plenty, and then some more, as we found out in February

What the hell is going on with India?
What the hell is going on with India?

Disturbing behaviour was exhibited by many in cricket in January. Except Pakistan, who were just their usual weird selves

The saviour, the protecter, the butthead and the bully
The saviour, the protecter, the butthead and the bully

The month of November was all about the stars of yet another glorious Ashes series

Gayle's fear of females, and KP's concern for youngsters
Gayle's fear of females, and KP's concern for youngsters

It has been an odd month in cricket

Beatings, swipes, barbs and jabs
Beatings, swipes, barbs and jabs

It has been a rather violent month in cricket