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).

County Championship round-up: Michael Hogan's a hero for Glamorgan to become latest wizard of Oz

Bowler of the day Everywhere in the County Championship, there seems to be an Australian fast bowler taking wickets, reinforcing the view that the ones picked for the Ashes had better be good. Yesterday it was the turn of Michael Hogan, the 31-year-old from Newcastle, New South Wales finishing with seven for 92 for Glamorgan against Gloucestershire at Bristol, which gave him 34 for the season, just three fewer than his compatriot, Steve Magoffin, who is the leading wicket-taker in the country. Hogan, who did not enter first-class cricket until he was 28 and is playing for Glamorgan on a British passport, having given up his ambition of playing for Australia when it became clear the selectors wanted youth. Coach Justin Langer made strenuous efforts to keep him in Perth, where he was contracted until last winter, to no avail.

Strewth hurts Clint McKay takes a wicket but Darren Bravo (r) made 86

Shane Watson puts lesser known Australians in the shade

West Indies 256-9 Australia 259-6 (Australia win by 4 wickets): All-rounder bounces back from 'career low' in India to show his quality ahead of The Ashes

The Sport Matrix: Thursday 30 May 2013

Cole surprise at Wembley ovation as England draw

Graeme Smith at The Oval, where he is preparing for a busy summer

Graeme Smith brings stardust and steel as Surrey rebuild after turbulent year

At a stage of his career when most players are seeking to lighten their workload – and boost their bank balance via a brisk crash, bang, wallop in the Indian Premier League – Graeme Smith has gone the other way.

England's Nick Compton (left) celebrates reaching his century

Nick Compton named among Wisden cricketers of the year

England batsman follows grandfather in earning accolade

The chairman of selectors, John Inverarity, said Australia were in a period of transition

Australia central contracts offer hint for Ashes

A raft of players have been given new deals

Maynard was widely tipped to graduate to the England team

James Lawton: Terrible tragedy should act as a wake-up call for English cricket

Several of Tom Maynard's team-mates have denied the existence of a playboy culture

Matt Prior

England can 'bully' Australia during the Ashes, says Matt Prior

England have dominated in recent years

Michael Clarke celebrates reaching his century at the MCG yesterday

Michael Clarke eclipses Ricky Ponting's record for runs in a year

Michael Clarke's inspired century at the Melbourne Cricket Ground today ticked off another milestone for Australia's high-flying captain but was also a stunning riposte to critics who had suggested he should never have been selected.

Michael Clarke

Michael Clarke impresses as Australia take total command against Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka found wickets hard to come by on day two of their second Test against Australia, with the hosts in complete control at the MCG.

Recalled Phil Hughes stars for Australia in Hobart

Phil Hughes justified his recall by Australia after a year in the wilderness with 86 as the hosts closed on 299 for four on the first day of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Hobart.

You Write the Caption - 07/12/12

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Matthew Hoggard: 'The word great or legend is too easily used these days in sport but not about Ricky Ponting'

Matthew Hoggard: Ricky Ponting - a batsman who struck the fear of God into bowlers

The former England seamer recalls a tough and talented Ashes opponent

“I would rather,” ventured Michael Clarke on the eve of leading Australia into this series with South Africa, “get a duck and win”

Clarke’s Bradman-like batting lies at the heart of Australia’s revival

Clarke has been at the heart as batsman and leader

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