Big Bash 2014-15 – Stars v Renegades: Who will rule Melbourne?

Ben Myatt writes about last summer’s BBL Melbourne derby which was decided on the last ball of the night.

England cricket, May 2015: the tying of oneself in knots

E Regnans tries to make sense of the recent goings on in English cricket. As he’s tapping, away the Poms fall to 4/30 at Lord’s against New Zealand. To what topics have the conversations turned in the hallowed halls of the egg and bacon brigade. What of this man Pietersen?

Stories from Prison – ICC World Cup Semi-Final: New Zealand v South Africa

A unique perspective from a new correspondent “The Inside Man” who graphically describes the experience of four Kiwi prisoners watching the gripping ICC World Cup semi final at Eden Park from an Australian Jail. We all meet as equals on the sporting field.

From The Economist’s Intelligent Life: Richie Benaud’s Sounds of Silence

Tim de Lisle – former editor at Wisden – penned a touching tribute to Richie Benaud in The Economist’s ‘Intelligent Life’.

A 10 Year Old’s Trip to The Commentary Box

A gentle reflection about the day a 10 year old Wayne Ball made it into the Channel 9 commentary box at the SCG, and met his heroes. The time and generousity that Richie Benaud offered was the mark of the man.

Vale’ Richie: Memories and Imagination

True heroes like Pele, Senna and Gough need only one name. Most remember the commentary doyen, but Peter Baulderstone reflects on Richie the cricketer and the power of imagination.

Richie Benaud

Richie Benaud was Colin Ritchie’s hero as a boy, then something earth-shattering occurred.

[This piece was first published in 2012 – it is timely we reprise it. Vale Richie. – Ed]

An unusual Richie Benaud memory from the Sydney Cricket Ground

It’s funny how you bump into people. On this sad day for Australians, leave your memory of the grand commentator. Vale Richie Benaud.

Nobody Can Bowl

Rob Bath argues that cricket is now totally a batsman’s game, with everything stacked in the favour of those wielding the willow. Nobody can bowl….

Only Australia Sledges the Opposition…

Much has been said about the appearance of a lack of grace or class within the current Australian Cricket team. Pat White, from Cricket Froth brings a new angle to the discussion. [And pictures that add a new dimension to the discussion. – Ed]

ICC World Cup Final-Australia v New Zealand: Bring on Lords!

Luke Reynolds realised a long-held dream of being at an ICC World Cup final. The day – in almost every regard – didn’t disappoint.

Some thoughts on a Summer of Cricket

And so the long summer of cricket is over. Yvette Wroby takes a compassionate and learned look back on key moments and major players.

Lou: ANZAC Cricket

Lou reflects on the ANZAC coincidence in the World Cup final.

2015 ICC World Cup – Final: For Love of Underdogs and the Australian Way (and Blog – add your comments)

Matt Zurbo argues the case that, if you’re really in touch with what it means to be Australian, then you’ll be barracking for New Zealand today.

What do you reckon? Add your pre-game comments. And join in the conversation during the game.

The Aussies: Fast, Brilliant, Creative, Daring and in the Final. (So why can’t I like them?)

Sean Curtain respects – but doesn’t like – the way the Australian cricket team go about their work on the field. Moreso after moments in Thursday evening’s Australia v India ICC World Cup semi-final.

2015 ICC World Cup Final: Call for Writers

The final of the ICC 2015 World Cup looms large. If the usual trans-Tasman rivalry wasn’t enough to heat this one up, there’s also four years (and countless Bledisloe Cup meets) worth of bragging rights at stake. In the words of Tom Greenaway; “New Zealand could be the holders of both the Rugby and Cricket World Cups simultaneously.” Share your words with us, all are welcome.

ICC World Cup Final: Part 1 – the pay TV fiasco

Matt Watson is in chilly Melbourne for the World Cup Final. Here he considers the tournaments impact in Australia, meets Warnie, and considers his relationship with some of the teams – especially New Zealand.

2015 ICC World Cup – Australia v India Audio

Ahead of the World Cup final between New Zealand and Australia, here’s Keiran Deck’s wrap of Thursday evening’s semi-final win for the Aussies over India.

ICC World Cup Final: Being a cricket fan in the US

The FIFA World Cup generated huge interest in the States, the ICC World Cup barely a blip.

In this piece from Bruce Berglund’s The Allrounder, three Americans discuss being passionate about cricket in the US:

Where things Started to Go Wrong for India

Straight and to the point: Raj Singh analyses ‘where-it-all-went-wrong’ for the Indian team after Thursday night’s semi final loss to Australia in the ICC World Cup. Not quite George Best being delivered room service while laying on a bed covered in £20,000 in cash and Miss Universe naked beside him, but we get where Raj is going with this…