The fourth Ashes Test came down to the last hour, the last over and the last balls as Jack Leach, Stuart Broad and James Anderson mounted a resistance that saw England squeak through with a draw despite after a late Steven Smith strike. Andrew McGlashan particularly enjoyed the twist in the Anderson-Smith contest while pJarrod Kimber wondered what went wrong with the bat for Smith, who has struggled with spin and the length ball in recent times.
While the match may have been won with the bat, it was the bowling that made the key difference, says Karthik Krishnaswamy - in the battle of the pace attacks, South Africa came out on top because their bowlers are taller, and able to extract more bounce out of the pitch. Shiva Jayaraman wonders if something is amiss with Jasprit Bumrah - since his return from a stress fracture in early 2020, his bouncer seems to have lost some of its bite. Aakash Chopra has a few tips for bowlers on how to dismiss a batter like Dean Elgar.
There was no repeat miracle for Bangladesh after Mt Maunganui as New Zealand forced the visitors into following on after a massive 521 for 6 declared, and to an eventual defeat. It was also Ross Taylor's final Test, and Andrew Fidel Fernando bids farewell to the kid with the unpronounceable name from Masterton who would go on to become a batting giant for New Zealand and a star at No. 4. Mohammad Isam says Bangladesh have plenty of positives to take away from their New Zealand experience, not least that Litton Das is ready for more responsibility.
Firdose Moonda traces the rise and fall of the former Zimbabwe great whose love for cricket and the country drew him back to both time and again, and which eventually came to be his undoing.
Defending champions Bangladesh will be hoping to make it two in a row while India are on the hunt for title number five. Who are the players to watch this year? Sreshth Shah has a list and he's also kept tabs on the star performers from the last tournament who have made a splash in senior cricket after.
The PCB chairman is set to present the idea of an annual quadrangular T20I tournament featuring Pakistan, India, England and Australia to the ICC board in March.
South Africa's captain is out of action for three months because of an ankle fracture she sustained after slipping on a wet surface at home.
And how many people have been stranded on 99 not out overnight in a Test? All the cricket questions you weren't afraid to ask are answered in this week's Ask Steven.
Anantha Narayanan compiles an all-time Test XV picked by readers.