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Australia's stand-in captain Tim Paine fronts the media

Australia tour of South Africa 2018

Six before Paine: surprise captains

From New Zealand's Lee Germon, who debuted as New Zealand captain, to Floyd Reifer, who took charge of West Indies while they were in the middle of a contracts crisis

Brendon McCullum dives

Cover story

A touch of Baz

Few teams are having as much fun playing cricket as New Zealand, and it's thanks in large part to Brendon McCullum

Richard Boock

The Wisden Cricketer - March 2008

The 30-year catfight

New Zealand may be in the dungeons of the Test championship, but when it comes to sniping and infighting they are world leaders

Siddarth Ravindran

Cricinfo XI

Young turks at the top

Eleven instances where selectors decided to plump for young or inexperienced captains over seasoned campaigners

Andrew Miller and Martin Williamson

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Standing in at the deep end

It's been a week to remember in the captaincy stakes, with Zimbabwe's Terrence Duffin plucked from obscurity, and England's Andrew Flintoff stepping into the breach for England


The 77-run over

When people are asked what is the most number of runs to come off one over, thoughts turn immediately to Tilak Raj and Malcolm Nash who both conceded 36, to Ravi Shastri and Garry Sobers respectively