Sport Uncertain corridors: Writings on modern cricket by Gideon Haigh

During the recent Ashes series I changed my newspaper habits specifically to read Gideon Haigh’s dispatches from the front. As Haigh is Australian, those unfamiliar with his work might have expected at least a hint of crowing to creep into his copy as England imploded, but he was as impartial as ever, while also being characteristically knowledgeable, perceptive and witty. (If you can bear to relive the horror, Ashes to Ashes, his chronicle of the series, will be published on 27 February).

The fast bowler has admitted England can still improve in several areas

James Anderson: Sympathy? We want to beat Australia 5-0 in the Ashes

Memories of Ashes hidings past remain too strongly embedded among England’s senior players to afford any concern for disintegration at Lord’s

Stuart Broad was criticised after failing to walk despite edging the ball at Trent Bridge

Ashes 2013: Stuart Broad can handle being ‘hate figure’ says captain Alastair Cook

If it starts to get ugly during the second Test, it is probable that the bloke with the baby face will be around. Stuart Broad always seems to be involved when it is all going off out there.

Jonny Bairstow and Steven Smith

The Sport Matrix: Friday 12 July 2013

Ecstatic No 11 Agar smashes 98 to rescue Australia

Ricky Ponting celebrates his century

Ricky Ponting signs off with a ton in typical style

Surrey 198 & 395-8 dec Nottinghamshire 410 (Match drawn)

Phil Hughes steers the ball past England’s Matt Prior (right)

John Townsend: At last Phil Hughes finds his place, quietly backstage allowing Ashton Agar the spotlight

Supporting actors win Oscars and he was happy to act his part

Chris Tremlett took three wickets on a tough day for Surrey

Chris Tremlett toils to prove Ashes fitness as Notts turn the screw

Surrey 198 Nottinghamshire 360-6

Darren Lehmann has already proven himself as a coach

The Last Word: Boof! Australia might just have
done something sensible at last

If they continue to fail, now, it will simply be because they just don’t cut it

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Comment: Victims of their own success, the Australian cricket team are a shambles

The removal of Mickey Arthur 16 days before the start of the Ashes is desperate

David Warner, right, and Michael Clarke, left, face the media

Australia in crisis ahead of the Ashes: Timeline of events

Today head coach Mickey Arthur was replaced

Kevin Pietersen bowled four overs on his return from injury

Yorkshire 292-5 Surrey: Kevin Pietersen admits to injury concerns as Andrew Gale cashes in

After Surrey’s latest captain won the toss and asked Yorkshire to bat, it was always likely to be a quiet reintroduction to competitive cricket for Kevin Pietersen as the England batsman stepped on to the field for the first time in more than three months.

County cricket: Adams shown door by Surrey after grim start

Chris Adams was sacked as team director by Surrey yesterday after a dire start to the season. The first-team coach, Ian Salisbury, was also relieved of his duties with immediate effect.

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Dean Jones: Australia have bottled severity of David Warner's ban for attack on Joe Root because we don't have enough batsmen

Aussie Angle: I look at this team and I just don't know where the senior players are

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