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I'll celebrate with two bats.

Man of the Series for the India-Australia Tests, Ravindra Jadeja is asked how he'll up his sword-wielding celebration when he gets a hundred

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

Why the Blitz holds the key for Hong Kong

Peter Miller: The city's cricket may be best known for its erstwhile Sixes tournament, but it is a new T20 competition that can pave the way forward

Nathan Lyon's Asian problem

Numbers Game: His performance in Bengaluru underscored how he tends to perform well in the first innings but fades away in the second

Streaky sez

Who was Heath Streak's first wicket in international cricket? Let's see if he knows

How an SG ball is made

Melinda Farrell visits a Sanspareils Greenlands factory in Meerut, where she gets an up-close view of how they make their cricket balls

Where are we 140 years later?

Mark Nicholas: Test cricket has gone through all sorts of transformations since 1877, but it has never lost its ability to be the most magical of all sports

All eyes on Livingstone

Lancashire's Liam Livingstone has confounded the sceptics and naysayers to emerge as an exciting middle-order batting option for England. By David Hopps

In praise of Paddy and Goel paaji

Padmakar Shivalkar and Rajinder Goel, who were honoured by the BCCI last week, were so much more than hard-luck stories

'Like gardening on speed'

Geoff Clements, who has been on the job behind the camera for half a century, talks about his career

The inscrutable MCC

Was Colin Cowdrey a hero? Rob Steen wrestles with the question

When I faced Saeed Ajmal

Osman Samiuddin bats against some high-quality offspin and lives to tell a (vivid) tale

Stokes' hair or Moeen's beard?

Polite Enquiries: With perfect hair and the ability to walk on water, Chris Woakes answers your questions

Why actors are drawn to cricket

Nicholas Hogg: Both are art forms that encourage a contemplation of life and general faffing about (look, it's Hepburn!)

The end-over jitters

Charles Davis: Batsmen continue to be wary of batting as lunch and stumps approach. The data shows they needn't be

Ten great shock Test results

Rob Steen: Test cricket does not produce too many surprise results - but when it does, it's worth the wait

Champion of the Associate cause

Tim Wigmore: Bob Woolmer died ten years ago, but some of his underrated contributions to the global game are finally bearing fruit

The story of an autograph

A 12-year-old Prakul Chandra did not realise he had received an autograph from a star in the making. Two decades later, he had a shot at redemption

India's hunger under test

Ian Chappell: As Kohli's side look to rebound from the Pune debacle, they will have to improve their technique against spin and their close-in catching

Nasty, brutish, short

How many of these five classic bouncers do you remember? By Scott Oliver

Where's the hair?

Sam Perry: Tours to Asia used to afford us the sight of exotic foliage on Australian players' faces and heads. Not anymore

The Guptill enigma

Numbers Game: He makes big hundreds for fun in ODIs, but in Tests he has struggled to make an impact despite having played almost 50 matches

India's teething troubles with DRS

They were quite terrible in the Pune Test with their use of reviews, but it would be inaccurate to say they are the worst

'I'll get used to my new life eventually'

A year on from his shock retirement from professional cricket, James Taylor reflects on the fears and opportunities of his new life in coaching and the media

Remembering Marty

Sambit Bal pays tribute to Martin Crowe on his first death anniversary

Pune from above

Melinda Farrell experiences the city at sunrise, from 4000 feet above the ground

What is focus?

If you have it, you can achieve anything - or so they say. By Simon Barnes

The importance of being No. 13

The world's top Associate teams are eyeing a coveted prize - a place in the proposed new ODI league. By Tim Wigmore

UAE's IPL boy

From floating around the fringes of the national team, Chirag Suri has received an unexpected boost in the pursuit of his cricketing dream. By Paul Radley

A mixed-up tale of two captains

Jarrod Kimber: Smith's Australia were supposed to be distraught; Kohli's India were supposed to be jubilant. That's not how things panned out in Pune

Do India need a DRS coach?

Polite Enquiries: Melinda Farrell and Jarrod Kimber field questions after a remarkable day of Test cricket in Pune

Playing solo

Who said there are only three forms of the game? By Pranay Sanklecha

A Pom, but lovable

For an Aussie kid growing up in the 1990s, hating England came easy. Except when Darren Gough ran in to bowl. By Brett Geeves

Why we need needle

Scott Oliver: We all enjoy watching a little pettiness, bad blood and low-grade squabbling between players, let's admit it

Fickle finger of Tim Paine's fate

Daniel Brettig: Multiple surgeries and a loss of form and confidence pushed him into the shadows, but he will return for Tasmania this week

'I don't talk nonsense'

Polite Enquiries: Mohammad Hafeez tries to make sense of his nickname, and reveals the one thing he would like to get better at

From Gower to Root

England cricket has changed leaders over the years, but our photographer has remained the same

Crime and the ICC stick

Warnings, fines, bans and let-offs: a short history of penalties and breaches under the code of conduct. By Alok Prasanna Kumar

Australian cricket's two Indias

Daniel Brettig: For long, Australians expected hardships off the field on tours of India. These days the difficulties are all out in the middle

Emma Lai walks on the grass

The story of the cricket-club waitress who was playing for her national team within a year of picking up a bat for the first time. By Jarrod Kimber

You betcha!

From Lord Tennyson to Lillee - a look at ten cases of gambling in cricket

Aussies in Asia

How many can you get right in our quiz on Australia's subcontinental tours?

Murder on the square

Cricket was the backdrop for two recent murder mysteries on television, but why weren't the motives related to the game?

Class (struggle) is permanent

Gideon Haigh recommends two cricket novels: Dudley Carew's The Son of Grief and Bruce Hamilton's Pro

Gilly and Warnie, pack your bags

Who makes it to all-time visiting XIs to India, Pakistan, New Zealand, West Indies and Sri Lanka? By Anantha Narayanan

A leggie with nerve and verve

Mason Crane has already prompted much excited chatter, but the young Hampshire legspinner is putting in the hard yards to take the next step up

Why isolating the BCCI is bad politics

Sambit Bal: The dismantling of the Big Three regime offered the opportunity to forge a collaboration for a new global order in cricket, but that has gone to waste

Where are the female umpires?

Firdose Moonda: Women's cricket might have come on in leaps and bounds in recent times, but there are all too few women in charge behind the stumps

The press-box wars

Australia v India is a tense, loaded, complicated affair. And we're not even talking about the players. By Peter English

Does cricket have a drinking problem?

Nicholas Hogg: The link between cricket and booze is not new, but the promotion of alcohol in the game has reached saturation point now

Ducks and bunnies

Does Suzie Bates know what records she has set for New Zealand?

Keeping your ear on the ball

Blind cricket looks and sounds very different to its mainstream counterpart, but it is just as much of a batsman's game. By Alagappan Muthu

Gower and Cowdrey go down memory lane

The two former England batsmen talk to Nicholas Hogg about the captains they admired, and looking at the past through rose-tinted glasses

The other Wasim

In 1996, a teenage boy from Rawalpindi played what they called an unforgettable innings on debut. Soon that boy was forgotten

Why today's Test opener isn't a Sehwag

Test teams are looking for solidity at the top, and batsmen are comfortable specialising in the format that suits their style. By Karthik Krishnaswamy

Wrong place, wrong time

Michael Jeh: All too many cricketers do not make it to the big leagues for reasons that are not to do with their performance on the field

Does sledging work?

Whether it's acceptable or not is another matter, but there's no denying sledging generally achieves what it sets out to do. By Sam Perry

What Gayle tells us

Jon Hotten: As he stands on the verge of reaching 10,000 runs in T20s, he is a reminder of what is possible in the game

More power to Diana Edulji

Sharda Ugra: A pioneer for the cause of Indian women's cricket, she is now the only cricketer on the BCCI's interim panel of administrators

Why was Andre Russell banned?

An explainer of the World Anti-Doping Agency's whereabouts rules, which the West Indies allrounder was found to have violated

The best visitors

In the first half of his two-part analysis, Anantha Narayanan compiles best visiting XIs for Australia, England and South Africa

'I've never had a better coffee'

But it's not all rosy, with unsatisfactory gym sessions, dodgy style statements and ever-present travel woes in our Twitter round-up

How good is Jasprit Bumrah?

Numbers Game: His outstanding numbers, especially in the slog overs, mean that a vital component of India's bowling problem has been addressed

Champions

Meet the new West Indian quartet: Hayley, Deandra, Anisa and Stafanie

When Sri Lanka went to cuckoo land

Tony Opatha led a rebel side to South Africa in 1982 - a tour on which a certain ill-suppressed madness lurked around the edges. By Luke Alfred

Take me for example

Simon Barnes wonders why we expect our sportspersons to be role models

Categorically Ben

Alan Gardner: It is easy to pigeonhole Stokes as a brash, combative allrounder, but there is more to him, as his frank autobiography reveals

When the new ball reverses

Is it reverse swing or contrast swing? There is a difference between the two; a better understanding of it would enhance the effectiveness of the skill

About time too

How will Alastair Cook's search for the right one go?

The rise of the tall run chase

Numbers Game: The new fielding restriction rules may well have forced teams to adopt a strategy more suited to gunning down big targets

'We were ahead of our time'

Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes, cricket's most iconic opening partnership, on the good times and the bad

The Christmas Day Test everyone forgot

For decades, Adelaide had a tradition of cricket matches on Christmas Day, including a mostly forgotten five-dayer in 1967. By Brydon Coverdale

'How'd I do that?'

Thirty years on, Tom Moody reflects on Australia's World Cup triumph of 1987 - the tournament no one expected them to win

Pakistan cricket's Sikh hope

Mahinder Pal Singh is looking to become the first cricketer from his community to play for his country. By Umar Farooq

Small wonder

In our series on cricket in fiction, we look at RK Narayan's Swami and Friends

When Schultz slung 'em in

Luke Alfred: South Africa's Brett Schultz was fast and fearsome, but for all-too-short a while

The curious case of Shakib Al Hasan

Numbers Game: His stats put him among the best allrounders in the game, which makes his reckless blunders all the more vexing

The little publishers

Paul Edwards on the men and women who populate the niche market for cricket books in the UK

All eyes on women's cricket?

Raf Nicholson: It's time the others followed Cricket Australia's example of providing exposure to the women's game

Peter Roebuck's Somerset agony

David Hopps on newly published material that reveals Roebuck's despair at being made a scapegoat for the decision to release the club's West Indian stars

Jozi v CPT: let the fur fly

What do Capetonians think of Johannesburg? Andrew Fernando is privy to some heavy-duty inter-city rivalry

The magic of getting all ten

And what of those who are left with nine? Or the wicketless duds at the other end? By Nicholas Hogg

'We want to play expansive cricket'

Coach Russell Domingo talks about South Africa's recovery from the slump they fell into in 2015-16, and what he expects from the coming year

Can you hate Adam Gilchrist?

Emma John found it infuriating that despite being an England supporter at the receiving end of Gilly's bat, she couldn't loathe him

The sad pleasures of the KP sunset

Jon Hotten: At 36, Kevin Pietersen still exudes the aura of a superstar. It is a pity that international cricket no longer has the benefit of his presence

Boof, part deux

Review: Lehmann's second autobiography offers a compelling window into his philosophies and experiences, but it's not quite timed perfectly

Stingy ladies

Women's bowling nominees: Goswami, Dottin and Co - you won't get runs out of them

Mostly miserly

Associate bowling nominees: Remember Munis Ansari's spell in Oman's victory over Ireland at the World T20?

Bat like an Afghan

Associate batting nominations: Featuring "Baby Afridi" v West Indies

Australia's Mr Dependable

Numbers Game: After 26 Tests, Josh Hazlewood's stats are not dissimilar to those of a certain Glenn McGrath

England's most interesting player?

Sam Billings may be a peripheral figure in England's one-day set-up, but his appetite for learning and hard graft is increasingly hard to ignore

Who led the best?

Captain of the year: Kohli led an invincible Test outfit, Morgan a daring ODI one. Find out who else is on our list of nominees

Who is Hashim Amla, really?

Firdose Moonda: As Amla prepares to play his 100th Test, his former and current team-mates offer insights into the making of a great batsman

Cool, cool runnings

T20I batting nominees: Nerveless final-over blasting, composed chasing, and mature risk-management - all that and more in our shortlist

Mitching it up

T20I bowling nominees: The Fizz, Big Bravo, and two New Zealanders with the same name star in our shortlist

The bearded ones

Highlights from the annals of facial hair in cricket. By Karthik Krishnaswamy

Big chases? Too easy

ODI batting nominees: One-day batting just got bigger and better, as our shortlist of the best performances of the year shows

Meet Joe Solomon

He kept his cool to create Test cricket's most exciting moment. At 86, he's still cool. Brydon Coverdale meets him in New York

Masters blasting (and grinding)

Test batting nominees: It's time to pick the best performances of last year. On the shortlist: Stokes, Baz, Tamim, Kusal and others

Ngumbela's bridge

Cricket is building links across the racial divide in rural South Africa. By Luke Alfred

Younis Khan's perfect 11

Younis Khan's maiden century in Australia made him the first player to score a hundred in all 11 nations that have hosted Tests

Kolpak for dummies

A quick explainer of the deal under which Kyle Abbott (and many before him) signed up for a long-term county stint

Has Yasir Shah gone bonkers?

Probably not, but watch Melinda Farrell and Osman Samiuddin on Polite Enquiries for a definitive answer to that and more

How captaincy improved Dhoni's ODI batting

Numbers Game: Among batsmen who have scored at least 2000 ODI runs both as captain and as player, MS Dhoni has the second-highest difference in averages

How have tours changed?

Mike Selvey: Long and languorous cultural experiences once, away series are now short, sharp and intensive bursts

The way I see it

In this month's photo feature, we look at the view from (and of) spectator stands

Showing 'em the money

Raf Nicholson: Several boards improved the contracts structure for their female players, and the new franchise leagues brought more money into the game

A year with more T20Is than ODIs

In our stats review of 2016, we found some very interesting numbers on Test results, unusual defeats, and limited-overs matches

New dawn follows disaster

Daniel Brettig: Five consecutive Test defeats derailed a good start to 2016, but Australia finished strongly to inspire hope for the year ahead

In search of Ross Taylor

Shy and measured yet assertive and flamboyant: who is the man behind the batsman? By Dylan Cleaver

What will happen in 2017?

Who will win the Champions Trophy? How will Australia fare in India? What are the prospects for Associate cricket? Our experts weigh in

South Africa's new year wish: please stay

Many South African cricketers have been lured by overseas opportunities, but Kyle Abbott and Stephen Cook offer cause for optimism. By Firdose Moonda

Top of the pops

Our most-viewed stories, matches and players in 2016

Dhaka dream, Bangalore nightmare

Bangladesh's year may not have been packed with fixtures, but it was bursting with drama, heartbreak and joy nonetheless. By Mohammad Isam

How's that, Jennings?

Liam Cromar tips his hat to a much-loved schoolboy series of books, in which cricket features prominently

Well begun is half-done

England's bid for the No. 1 Test ranking failed after the second half of their year was spent sliding to defeats in challenging conditions. By George Dobell

Tests? T20s? Gimme more

Both formats are cricket's present, and in Melbourne the surfeit is all good, writes Jarrod Kimber

2016 in review

The good, the bad and the cricketastic: our look back at the year that was

The golden boys

Just about everything came up roses for India this year. By Sidharth Monga

The rebound specialists

South Africa's year started badly and got worse, before taking a decisive turn for the better. By Firdose Moonda

Blokesville

In our series on cricket in fiction, we look at Malcolm Knox's A Private Man

From farce to fierce

After a slapstick display of ineptitude in the first half of the year, Sri Lanka came roaring back. By Andrew Fidel Fernando

Three steps forward, three steps back

West Indies' year began brightly with a trio of world titles, but then predictable bad blood between players and administrators affected results

Some sparks, mostly gloom

Their results showed that there is still talent within Zimbabwe's ranks, but how can cricket flourish while the country grapples with larger problems?

Time for Cook to step down

Ian Chappell: The battle-scarred England captain is not making the best use of his resources

A gulf between the Associates

Afghanistan and Ireland received support and some success, but the rest were left to fight over meagre scraps this year. By Tim Wigmore

How Essex ruled the '80s

All Out Cricket: From loveable pushovers to strutting county titans, Essex's self-made story through the 1980s chimed perfectly with the times

What is a cameo?

Jon Hotten: We've all seen them: innings of throwaway flair that transport us. But how exactly do you define one?

The coach who plays guitar

John Wright talks about his other life, as a musician and songwriter, and his first album

Who is India's MVP?

Fans vote between Virat Kohli and R Ashwin. Jonathan Trott and Sourav Ganguly also weigh in

Nice, Garry!

Sam Perry: What has gone into the making of the accidental cult of Nathan Lyon?