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).

Pattinson picks up three wickets in an over to crush Kiwis

James Pattinson had a triple-wicket maiden to make it a debut to remember as Australia crushed New Zealand in the first Test at the Gabba. The 21-year-old younger brother of one-cap England paceman Darren Pattinson earned man-of-the-match honours for his match-winning spell with the ball.

Arthur takes over the post vacated by Tim Nielsen

Australia appoint South African Mickey Arthur

South African Mickey Arthur has been named as Australia's new coach.

Cummins hands Australia dramatic victory

Australia 296 & 310-8 South Africa 266 & 339 (Australia win by 2 wickets)

Ponting out for a duck as Australians collapse

South Africa 266 & 0-0 Australia 296

Hussey comes up just short as Sri Lanka make Aussies struggle

Australia 273 v Sri Lanka

Rajan's Wrong 'Un: Ponting and Dravid demonstrate all that is great in a No 3

Liberated of captaincy, Dravid has focused on batting and improved it. Now Ponting, having handed the armband to Michael Clarke, is looking to do the same

Cricket round-up: Ponting: Australia players are not 'lazy and overpaid'

Former captain Ricky Ponting has rejected suggestions that Australia's players under his leadership were "overpaid and lazy", after a review into their decline from No 1 in the world in 2008 to their present ranking of fifth.

Amol Rajan: Hilditch's selection sleave Aussies in the gutter looking for stars

Rajan's Wrong 'un: Australia's fans are getting impatient. They need selectors capable to thinking clearly

Spearhead Anderson takes a giant stride up the honours board

A masterclass of swing bowling takes Lancastrian above the great Bedser

Cricket round-up: Lyon is surprise pick as Australia wield axe after Ashes drubbing

Australia have included four uncapped players in their 15-man squad for the forthcoming Test series in Sri Lanka. Off-spinner Nathan Lyon, batsman Shaun Marsh and pacemen Trent Copeland and James Pattinson have been selected.

Comeback for Shafayat at Northants

Northamptonshire have signed the former Nottinghamshire batsman Bilal Shafayat on a game-by-game basis.

Ricky Ponting stunned by Simon Katich axing from Australia team

Ricky Ponting admits he was surprised by Cricket Australia's decision to drop opener Simon Katich from their list of contracted players.

Katich: We pay the selectors peanuts so we get monkeys

Australia opener hits out at part-time decision-makers after they decide not to renew his contract

Michael Clarke takes over as Australia captain

New Australia captain Michael Clarke insists his predecessor Ricky Ponting will not be "the elephant in the dressing room" as he tries to put his own stamp on the team.

Stephen Brenkley: Passionate and honest, Ponting was a leader players loved to go into bat for

It is the height of fashion to deride Ricky Ponting as a captaincy numbskull. Pugwash without the instinct. This is the man who lost the Ashes three times, something no other captain had done, or been allowed to do before. This is the man who was at the helm when Australia lost their first home Test series for 16 years in 2008.

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