New Year's Eve in Sydney felt like some latter-day wave of immigration onto the shores of Australia:come one, come all and come build this country
After Shahid Afridi attempted to bite the ball during the fifth ODI in Perth, Patrick Kidd writes in the Times that he must be "the stupidest captain in the history of the game".
When a repeat offender is allowed to get away with a rap on the wrists as Shahid Afridi has been for his 'ball biting' incident, the ICC itself brings the game into disrepute, says Suresh menon in his column on Dreamcricket.com .
Ahsan Butt, in his blog in the Dawn , calls for the inclusion of Umar Gul for the second Test in Sydney to form a three-pronged pace attack with Danish Kaneria as the spinner
Shahid Afridi’s most closely guarded secret is that more than biting into a ball, he enjoys cricket bats marinated in spicy pudina chutney
Mike Coward writes in the Australian that the first day at the SCG wasn't just marked by the colour pink but by red faces all round, including the umpire Billy Doctrove, who had what was generally regarded as a good lbw call overturned on review.
Peter Roebuck writes in the Sydney Morning Herald that Australia's bowlers have a problem
Mike Coward in the Australian looks at Ricky Ponting's recent struggles and argues that at the moment it seems improbable he can make it to England for another Ashes trip in 2013.