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).

Australia captain Ricky Ponting smashes television set

Australia captain Ricky Ponting has been accused of damaging a television in the team dressing room after being run out in his yesterday's 91-run win over Zimbabwe.

Rajan's Wrong-Un: 'Tasmanian Devil' proves less than a bat out of hell between the wickets

Pity poor Ricky Ponting. Australia's captain was run out yesterday by a wonderful direct hit from deep midwicket by Zimbabwe's Chris Mpofu. Alas for the Tasmanian Devil, he has a history of being run out by brilliant throws. At The Oval in the 2009 Ashes, Andrew Flintoff swooped at mid-on and smashed the stumps with a direct hit as Ponting scampered from the non-striker's end. And, of course, super-sub Gary Pratt, who couldn't make Durham's side but was England's star fielder in the 2005 Ashes, dismissed Ponting at Trent Bridge with a dazzling bit of work. Ponting met that dismissal with disgust. He was calmer yesterday. Pratt, incidentally, has sold his share in a self-storage company in Bishop Auckland, and is now a property developer.

Watson and Clarke give Australia opening win

Australia 262-6 Zimbabwe 171

Australia cruise to opening World Cup win

Defending champions Australia continued their 29-match unbeaten streak in the World Cup with a 91-run win over Zimbabwe in their opening Group A clash at Ahmedabad today.

Nathan Hauritz and Mike Hussey to miss World Cup for Australia

Nathan Hauritz and Mike Hussey are set to miss the World Cup after Cricket Australia confirmed they had applied to replace them in their 15-man squad.

James Lawton: At last, a team who truly live up to nation's expectations

Cricketers' commitment and excellence put their footballing cousins to shame

Australia could learn great deal from England, admits Clarke

Stand-in captain is honest on side's deficiencies, but chairman of selectors refuses to accept any blame

End-of-series report: Prizes and plaudits for England's stars...

Stephen Brenkley assesses the individual contributions of Strauss's squad and delivers the bad news to Australian underachievers

Kallis feat outshines Harbhajan

Jacques Kallis continued his rich run of form by collecting his 40th Test century and second of the third Test against India to put South Africa on top after day four in Cape Town. The veteran all-rounder was unbeaten on 109 when the hosts were all out for 341 to set a target of 339.

Yorkshireman revels in a home from home to unpick Australia

Tim Bresnan could afford a wide smile in the Sydney rain yesterday as he continued to make the most of his new home from home Down Under.

Captaincy fails to lift Clarke's batting from the doldrums

Australia 134-4 England: Three late wickets put hosts on the back foot once again on rain-hit opening day

Clarke shows poise of a captain before loose stroke spoils day

The Australian angle

Cook content to play a waiting game over England captaincy

While Australia struggle with the aftermath of a disastrous Ashes, the English status quo looks as solid as it ever has. Andrew Strauss clearly commands the respect of the entire side, including Alastair Cook, his opening partner and prospective replacement. Cook has been talked about on numerous occasions as a future England captain (indeed, he took on the role in Bangladesh early last year) but he appears to be in no rush to take full-time charge.

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