Margins, morality, and the many collapses of 2016

Sambit Bal looks at the top trends of the year: slippery Test batting, Bangladesh's assertiveness, umpire calls, ball-tampering, and a captain called Kohli

A year with more T20Is than ODIs

In our stats review of 2016, we found some very interesting numbers on Test results, unusual defeats, and limited-overs matches

Vote for your favourite moment of the year

What cricketing action stayed in your mind: Bavuma's run-out, Brathwaite's blasts, or the Brisbane thriller?

Top of the pops

Our most-viewed stories, matches and players in 2016

The teams of the year

We pick our all-star Test, ODI, T20 and women's XIs of the year

'I am 100% method, 80% skill and 150% madness'

Quotes of the year: What they said about YouTube, global warming, the toss and more

Country Reviews

From No. 1 to now what have you done

From the top of the world, Pakistan came crashing down. By Osman Samiuddin

Showing 'em the money

Raf Nicholson: Several boards improved the contracts structure for their female players, and the new franchise leagues brought more money into the game

New dawn follows disaster

Daniel Brettig: Five consecutive Test defeats derailed a good start to 2016, but Australia finished strongly to inspire hope for the year ahead

Joy, distress, and a passing of the baton

New Zealand's up-and-down year included the retirement of a star, the death of a legend and the emergence of a couple of promising debutants

Dhaka dream, Bangalore nightmare

Bangladesh's year may not have been packed with fixtures, but it was bursting with drama, heartbreak and joy nonetheless. By Mohammad Isam

Well begun is half-done

England's bid for the No. 1 Test ranking failed after the second half of their year was spent sliding to defeats in challenging conditions. By George Dobell

The golden boys

Just about everything came up roses for India this year. By Sidharth Monga

The rebound specialists

South Africa's year started badly and got worse, before taking a decisive turn for the better. By Firdose Moonda

From farce to fierce

After a slapstick display of ineptitude in the first half of the year, Sri Lanka came roaring back. By Andrew Fidel Fernando

Three steps forward, three steps back

West Indies' year began brightly with a trio of world titles, but then predictable bad blood between players and administrators affected results

Some sparks, mostly gloom

Their results showed that there is still talent within Zimbabwe's ranks, but how can cricket flourish while the country grapples with larger problems?

A gulf between the Associates

Afghanistan and Ireland received support and some success, but the rest were left to fight over meagre scraps this year. By Tim Wigmore