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).

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.

Khawaja is step in right direction as old foes rebuild

The Australian angle

Sport on TV: Harmison's wide of the mark but as usual Warne is bang on

Who needs 'Auld Lang Syne' any more? We're all doing the "Sprinkler" now, and the group hug with everyone jigging up and down. Four years ago Steve Harmison was spraying it around, now it's just champagne and Mitchell Johnson that are going all over the place. And for a change, we don't have to try and forget all about the auldest acquaintance in sport.

Khawaja carries hopes of a nation as Australia eye uncertain future

Australia awoke yesterday to the news that their Test team will have its first Muslim cricketer. It is a big deal.

Brad Haddin backs Michael Clarke as Australia captain

Michael Clarke may be unpopular with the public but he is the best man to lead Australia in Ricky Ponting's absence, according to his new deputy.

Clarke takes up reins from injured Ponting despite dreadful form

Australia yesterday appointed as captain a man who is known as Pup and has made 148 runs in the entire Ashes series so far. With the Ashes already lost, Michael Clarke will replace the injured Ricky Ponting for the fifth Test which begins in Sydney next Monday.

Ricky Ponting backed to retain Australia captaincy

Ricky Ponting will captain Australia again, according to coach Tim Nielsen.

Barmy Army invades Melbourne as England claim historic victory

Australia's most venerable sporting venue, the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), was a little piece of England yesterday as Andrew Strauss's team finally retained the Ashes.

England pass the tactical test with flying colours

Ashes dreams were realised yesterday but the hard work for Strauss's men started many months ago

Australian media reaction to Ashes defeat

Australia's newspapers have been carrying out a post-mortem after England retained the Ashes with a crushing innings and 157-run victory in the fourth Test at the MCG.

Graeme Swann hails 'amazing series' after Ashes victory

England spinner Graeme Swann heralded an "amazing series" after England retained the Ashes in Melbourne.

Ricky Ponting concedes powers are fading

Heart-broken after failing to regain the Ashes, Ricky Ponting was forced to admit the captaincy issue was out of his hands and his powers with the bat may be on the wane.

England beat Australia to retain the Ashes

England 513 Australia 98 & 258 (England win by an innings and 157 runs)

Letters: Criticism of Israel and dislike of Jews

I do not understand David Pollard's argument that it has clearly not been "a vintage year for the Wiesenthal anti-Semitic slur awards, if an obscure Lithuanian Holocaust denier and a moan from Christina Patterson ... have both made it into the Top 10 Slurs of the year" (letter, 27 December).

Ashes Diary: Clarke no longer model candidate for captaincy

It has always been assumed that when Ricky Ponting goes – and that day seems closer than ever – Michael Clarke would step into his shoes.

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