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A lot of the girls are watching a dreadful TV programme called Love Island.

England captain Heather Knight on how her team-mates are entertaining themselves during the World Cup after cutting back on social media

The league of global T20 brands

The presence of established IPL franchises and other international businesses in South Africa's new T20 league shows what the future of the format could look like

The matriarch of England women's evolution

Now in her eighties, Norma Izard is a living testimony to the pioneering breed of women's cricketer who helped elevate the sport to today's levels. By Raf Nicholson

The boundary-rider effect

Numbers Game: Has the extra outfielder affected scoring rates in the last ten overs of ODIs?

How Australia's women got here

A World Cup is a celebration of how far the women's game has come, yet it should not be forgotten that many advancements were a long time coming. By Daniel Brettig

And the World Cup goes to… England!

How amateur gusto, cutting-edge coaching and a mixtape came together in a breakout women's tournament 24 years ago. By Raf Nicholson

Pakistan, the Improbables

Can Pakistan's Champions Trophy triumph be explained by Haal or logic? Osman Samiuddin tries to figure it out

Amir in World XI v Aliens?

Polite Enquiries: Brexit, Trump or Pakistan's Champions Trophy title - which is the most surprising?

Fly, Pakistan, fly

Jarrod Kimber tells the story of a crazy, glorious, authentically Pakistani comeback

Let's talk about technology

Is it a good thing or are we overdoing it? Cyrus Broacha debates both sides of the issue

The haunting of Hyde Park

Firdose Moonda finds her favourite place in London, enjoys the company of the South African contingent - and has a brush with tragedy

Gimme a break

Breaks are ubiquitous in cricket. Not suprisingly, the most important type has to do with making money. By Simon Barnes

'Aggression is in my genes'

Harmanpreet Kaur talks about her hard-hitting game, culture shock at Sydney Thunder, and her cricketing idol

Rise, and shine, Hasan Ali

Jarrod Kimber: He went from being at the bottom of Pakistan's bowling attack to leading them into the final

What killed the dibbly-dobbler?

An especially troublesome breed of medium-pace bowlers in ODIs in the 1990s has largely become irrelevant today

Warriors' duty

The Kenya cricket team that fights for women's rights: an ESPN photo feature

Corey Anderson's struggle

He has had to fight expectations and wrestle with injury. Most of all, he has had to strive to outdo his potential. By Jarrod Kimber

The madness of Yuvraj Singh

Mukul Kesavan: Like against Pakistan last week, when he walks out onto the biggest stage, his eyes shine with a certain insanity

It's bigger than Kohli v Kumble

Sambit Bal: The question from the fallout is whether players' personal likes and dislikes should affect a coach's job

A festival of cricket is upon us

Mark Nicholas: There's little margin for error in the Champions Trophy and that's what makes it more exciting than the World Cup

The man behind New Zealand's world title

In 2000, New Zealand won the ICC Knockout in Nairobi, but the coach behind that achievement, David Trist, is largely forgotten. By Brydon Coverdale

Who are the IPL's fans?

Srinath Sripath spends the evening of the tournament final in a Mumbai pub and comes away enlightened

Accommodating the IPL

How do hotels cater to the players' needs and wants over a two-month season? Vishal Dikshit finds out

The heart-stoppers

Which are the most thrilling T20 internationals ever played? Anantha Narayanan looks at the stats

Two vets and a kid

Peter Della Penna: Three promising newcomers in the USA side are hoping to help their team break its Division Three jinx

Jason Roy, the natural

Having found the consistency to match his obvious talent, he will be pivotal if England are to fulfil their potential this summer

How do you explain cricket in Japanese?

A commentator recounts his experience of describing the game (and carrying water to the toilets) during the ICC Women's T20 Qualifier in Sano, Japan

Will Russell Domingo stay or go?

Cricket South Africa needs to make sure whatever the decision, it doesn't affect the team in a big way during a season of big assignments. By Firdose Moonda

The jawbreaker

Andy Roberts was too mean, too quick, too deadly… until you got to know him. By Mike Haysman

A long build-up of bad faith

Daniel Brettig: Before they can talk details, Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers Association must address the increasingly toxic atmosphere

What Nehra knows

Does Ashish Nehra keep tabs on his stats? We put his knowledge to the test

Oldies

Does life on the cricket field end at 40? Certainly not - and we've got photographic evidence

How Tripathi became a Supergiant

Rahul Tripathi had to give up cricket when his army father was posted in Kashmir, but a move to Pune revived his childhood dream. By Sidharth Monga

Younis Maximus

Ahmer Naqvi: Younis Khan's career was spent overcoming challenges, but he has emerged as undeniably Pakistan's greatest Test batsman

In search of the next Sourav Ganguly

On the Road: Ramona Arena talks to former India keeper Deep Dasgupta about Maidan cricket, and meets a coach who is hunting for the next Dada in Kolkata

Will the BCCI seek refuge in T20?

Ian Chappell: The Indian board is not likely to take being rebuffed by the ICC lightly. A possible consequence could be an expansion of the IPL

Misbah's wilderness years

Hassan Cheema: Before he became one of Pakistan's great cricketers, Misbah-ul-Haq was ignored for years even as he dominated the domestic circuit

Locals v visitors

Anantha Narayanan presents country-wise stats-based selections of the best all-time home and visiting Test XIs

'He is a very strong character'

Younis Khan talks about Misbah-ul-Haq, and how they forged Pakistan's most iconic partnership in recent times

'Stop confronting, start talking'

Vinod Rai, the chairman of Indian cricket's interim committee of administrators, evaluates the first 100 days of their tenure

The best tenth-wicket stands

Few things in cricket are as life-affirming as the last-wicket stand. Nigel Henderson presents a survey and a celebration

Should fielding substitutes be allowed?

We've done away with runners. Are sub fielders next? Cyrus Broacha conducts a lively discussion with Sanjay Bangar, Shaun Tait and ESPNcricinfo staff

How will cricket change by 2027?

Paddy Upton offers a few predictions on how technology and innovative thinking will radically change the game over the coming decade

A murder mystery in Madras

Have you read Mike Marqusee's Slow Turn, a novel filled with political intrigue, romance, and also cricket?

Riding around Rajkot

On the Road: Melinda Farrell tries a Gujarati thali, talks to Lions' young owner, Keshav Bansal, and visits Jaddu's Food Field

A stern eye on South Africa's past

Review: Reverse Sweep, Ashwin Desai's account of the country's cricket in recent years, is unsparing in its portrayal of a divided society. By Firdose Moonda

Meeting Mr Mullally

In his mum's little house in Perth, a former England bowler recovers from troubled times and recounts his tales to Emma John

'We can't let things slip now'

Ed Joyce is in the twilight of his career but is putting all his efforts into staying around to play Test cricket for Ireland

Guardians of cricket's galaxy

Andrew Miller presents an all-time T20 XI that would represent cricket with distinction in any intergalactic showdown

'If I bowl to him, it's another wicket'

Middlesex's Steven Finn and Tim Murtagh reveal how they plan to dismiss each other when England and Ireland clash in ODIs at Bristol and Lord's

Are you an IPL nerd?

Take our quiz: who is the only bowler to have topped the wicket charts in two IPL seasons?

Sunil Narine - MVP?

Run Order: Brad Hogg, Aakash Chopra, Cyrus Broacha and ESPNcricinfo's staffers discuss his batting contributions in the IPL

Where did Swapnil Asnodkar and Co go?

From obscurity to household names, these Indian players became IPL stars in 2008, but couldn't stay on in the spotlight. This is their story

Let's talk Younis

Cyrus Broacha, Aakash Chopra and Co get stuck into the Younis Khan retirement saga

Fantasy cricket

In Michael O'Leary's Out of It, Eden Park is the venue for cricketing flights of fancy that draw the reader in

Should the IPL adopt the DRS?

Aakash Chopra, Brad Hogg, Cyrus Broacha and ESPNcricinfo staffers review all aspects of this burning question

The Kolkata sports fan: a portrait

Knowledgeable, emotional, innately curious and always ready with a quip - no other city makes them quite like this. By Jayaditya Gupta

I'm beggin' ya!

Photo Feature: For any young cricketers out there, our crash course in appealing is sure to be instructive

How to build the ideal T20 side

Jarrod Kimber: Stop thinking of players as batsmen, bowlers and allrounders; it's far more nuanced than that

Arjuna versus

Arjuna Ranatunga wasn't afraid of getting in people's faces. We pick five of his best scraps

Hating and loving the IPL

From planning to protest against the IPL to becoming a fan - a cricket lover's story

Outbox

Cartoon: When the usual labels aren't enough

The joys of an Indian summer

Sharda Ugra: Be it cricket, puchkas or mangoes, there are various ways of defining and defying the season

My Sabina days

Michael Holding recalls watching and playing cricket at the iconic Sabina Park

How popular is cricket?

Football and basketball take the top two spots, but what is cricket's place in the sporting universe? By Tim Wigmore

A sober rethink on sponsorship

Daniel Brettig: CA's latest beer sponsorship will not feature branding on players' uniforms, a sign of the increasingly fraught relationship between alcohol and sport

Reverse swing: an English tale

England went from suspicion of reverse swing to being masters of it in two decades. By Vithushan Ehantharajah

Why is SLC in public-relations overdrive?

Andrew Fidel Fernando: Thilanga Sumathipala's board has done as much for Sri Lanka's cricket as any other, but his own desperation for the limelight does them no favours

A phenom called Rashid Khan

With a googly few batsmen around the world are picking, the 18-year-old Afghanistan legspinner has been topping the bowling charts in the IPL

To chase or not to chase?

Should captains only look to bat second? Except Delhi? Raunak Kapoor and Raunak Kapoor argue

Why can't we make yorkers great again?

Jarrod Kimber: We often hear fans cry out for them as batsmen rack up the runs in T20, but there are reasons for why they aren't as effective as they once were

The beguilers

What makes us call a player a genius? Simon Barnes looks for answers

Meet Wankhede's North Stand Gang

The spectator experience in Indian stadiums can often be unpleasant. One group of fans from Mumbai wants to change that, one chant at a time

Idol worship

Adam Collins takes us on a guided tour of Australia's iconic cricket statues

All in the family

How much do you know about family connections in cricket?

India's rock of ages

Vinoo Mankad, who was born 100 years ago today, was the driving force behind the India team of the late '40s and '50s

Collingwood looks up from the bottom

Jon Culley: With a 48-point deficit against their name, Durham have their work cut out in Division Two this year. Their captain knows it's going to be a slog

Might they have played for India?

V Ramnarayan: Indian domestic cricket is full of players who have been unlucky to miss out on national selection. Here are 11 of the best

End of an era, end of a subculture

Osman Samiuddin: Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan showed young players what it meant to be professional sportsmen in Pakistan

Letter from York

Liam Herringhsaw brings greetings from the historic county town of cricket's top county

A glocal celebration of the game

Review: This year's Wisden Cricketers' Almanack casts its eye around England and the world, and acknowledges cricket's role in society at large

Hell for leather

Wisden Almanack: When it comes to altering the condition of the ball, cricketers see any creativity, within limits, as acceptable

Hunting cricket books in Bengaluru

With some coaxing, some serendipity and a good bit of foraging, the city's used-book stores reveal a treasure trove of cricket literature. By Suresh Menon

How's county cricket doing?

You may suspect, as ever, that it is dying. You may not be entirely right. By Elizabeth Ammon

England's exuberant No. 80

Mark Nicholas: If Joe Root manages to create a Test team in his own image, it will be a good one to watch

What makes a good close-in catcher?

Andrew Fidel Fernando: Murali's men, who crowded around already nervous batsmen, talk of the fearlessness and intelligence the profession needs

Pop goes the cricketer

Fabian Cowdrey has brought the Cowdrey line to an end at Kent by retiring, disillusioned, at 24, to support his brother's singing career

'It's not about defending our IPL title'

Tom Moody, the Sunrisers Hyderabad coach, looks ahead to the new season, and the challenge of working with players coming off long international tours

Mad Maxi

The story of an Australian original: Glenn Maxwell

Two days to go to IPL 10

Best quotes, biggest buys, most shocking collapses - we can't help but go list-crazy as we count down to the tournament

Why are collapses so frequent?

Batsmen are piling on more runs than ever, but also shrivelling at the first sight of adversity. By Tom Eaton

Mind your manners, it's the IPL

Sharda Ugra: Many antagonists in the India-Australia series are due to play alongside each other next week onwards. Time to be buddies again, then

Ashwin + Jadeja = how good?

Numbers Game: The two took 153 wickets between them in India's 13-Test season just past. Where does that rank on the all-time list?

A story of two southern summers

Firdose Moonda reviews South Africa and New Zealand's extra-long season - wins, captains, injuries, batting woes, and newbies

Have you seen Shadab Khan?

As a fielder, the 18-year-old Pakistani is a live wire; as a bowler, he has a googly to make you sit up straight. By Osman Samiuddin

Farewell to the wild thing

To mark the end of Shaun Tait's 15-year career, a look back at one of his most memorable bowling performances

The making of a Kiwi

From a young, homesick 16-year-old, Jeet Raval has blossomed into a New Zealand cricketer with enviable credentials

The migrant

Netherland is a novel that was able to assimilate an alien sport in an American setting

The hills are alive

Apart from its obvious beauty, Dharamsala offers plenty of options for nature lovers, culture vultures and thrill seekers

The book that keeps on giving

Soumya Bhattacharya: The Wisden India Almanack, like its English counterpart, is evidence that print retains its charm in our digital age

In Dhoni country

Melinda Farrell meets people who remember the young MS in Ranchi

Auction darlings, sixes heroes

We celebrate ten years of the IPL by going list-crazy: most expensive spells, highest totals, oldest players, and lots more

How good has Umesh Yadav got?

Numbers Game: In the last 18 months, he has made significant strides, and the most impressive aspect has been his improved control

Shelf life

Libraries and museums add to the game's lustre, but not many have figured out how to keep up with the times. By Scott Oliver

Is Warner a home bully in Tests?

The opener has an excellent Test record in Australia, but his recent numbers away have been nothing to write home about

The dark side of the T20 freelance life

Tim Wigmore: It's lonely, players have to take care of their own fitness, coaching and schedules, and always live with the risk of being dropped

Eating litti chokha

Melinda Farrell pays a visit to one of Ranchi's most popular street food stalls

Dunedin's Pretoria boys

How South African coaches Rob Walter and Anton Roux found themselves half a world away, helping Otago pull themselves up