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).

Look and learn: Matt Prior watches as Hashim Amla plays another sublime shot on his way to an unbeaten 183

Amla class and Smith clout stand out

England 385 South Africa 403-2 (SA lead by 18 runs with 8 wkts left): England's celebrated bowling attack left in tatters as South African pair turn the First Test on its head

Ricky Ponting

Australia coach backs Ricky Ponting to play in Ashes

Australia coach Mickey Arthur wants Ricky Ponting to stay on until the next Ashes tour and has backed the former captain to overcome the shortage of Test cricket and hold his spot.

14 August 1990: Sachin Tendulkar celebrates his first Test century, against England at Old Trafford

Angus Fraser: 'It was clear then he was a special talent'

Sachin Tendulkar scored his first century in 1990 against Angus Fraser who is delighted he's gone on to hit 99 more

Ricky Ponting was acting as stand in captain

Ricky Ponting dropped from Australia one-day squad

Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting could be set to call time on his international career after his axing from the one-day side.

Siddle puts Australia in box seat

Paceman Peter Siddle took 5 for 49 as Australia again dominated India on the third day of the fourth and final Test in Adelaide. The tourists began on 61-2 in reply to the hosts' 604-7 and despite a maiden Test century from Virat Kohli – last man out for 116 – they were dismissed for 272.

Michael Clarke made an unbeaten 329

Michael Clarke makes history as Australia take complete charge against India

Australia captain Michael Clarke made history at the SCG to leave India fighting to avoid defeat in the second Test.

Kumar Sangakkara's century has put Sri Lanka in control in Durban

Sangakkara adds to South Africa's problems at home

South Africa's aim of challenging England's status as the world's No 1 Test side is in danger of again being undermined by their inability to win at home. They have not recorded a series success on their own soil for three years and, facing a deficit of 426 runs with two days remaining of the second Test in Durban, have plenty of batting to do if they are to prevent Sri Lanka levelling the series.

Ben Hilfenhaus claimed his first Test five-wicket haul

India hit back over Hilfenhaus exploits

Australia 333 & 179-8 India 282

Something For The Weekend: 24/12/2011

It's squeaky bum time for...

Ricky Ponting

'Tis the season to score runs. That may well be the mantra running through the mind of Ricky Ponting as Australia face India in the first Test In Melbourne on Christmas Day.

Ed Cowan will make his debut against India

Australia hand debut to opener Ed Cowan

Ed Cowan is set to make his debut for Australia in the first Test against India which gets under way at the MCG on Boxing Day.

Ricky Ponting will be one of those involved in the camp

Ricky Ponting future uncertain reveals Australia coach Mickey Arthur

Ricky Ponting's international future could be in doubt if he fails to make runs, regardless of the former captain's standing in the game, Australia coach Mickey Arthur has said.

Australia cricket, 2006: The Aussie cricketers were sent on a three-day, military-style camp in the Queensland outback, which included carrying 35kg jerry cans of water and pushing vans through mud. Sleep- and food-deprived, Shane Warne asked: 'Why not lock us all up in a pub?' Verdict The first Ashes whitewash for 86 years provided justification.

Has boot-camp bonding gone one step too far?

As Ricky Ponting prepares for three days of pain, Robin Scott-Elliot explores the bizarre and brutal methods teams will use for extra edge

A festive nets session for Ponting

Boot camp bonding? From the brutal through the psychobabble to the bonding

As Ricky Ponting prepares for three days of naughty-boy nets, Robin Scott-Elliot explores the bizarre (and sometimes brutal) methods teams will go to for that extra edge

New Zealand beat Australia by seven runsHobart, 12/11/1 - Australia were cruising at 159 for 2, chasing just 241 to win, until inspired swing bowling from unheralded Doug Bracewell turned the game on its head

Who said that Test cricket was dead?

New Zealand's dramatic victory inHobart is the latest in a string of thrilling finishes, writes Stephen Brenkley

Who said Test cricket is dead?

New Zealand's dramatic victory in Hobart is the latest in a string of thrilling finishes, writes Stephen Brenkley

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