2019 Cricket World Cup – Australia v Afghanistan: A nerve-settling start

As Australia looks to its game against the West Indies, Sean Mortell reviews their opening win over Afghanistan.

Underdog – 1: Favourite – egg-on-face

Yvette loves a good come uppance. Read on and find out why.

Getting the ICC Team Balance Right

What is the right balance of matches for an ICC World Cup? Wayne Ball gives his view on full members and associates, and poses some questions and (excellent) suggestions for the game’s hierachy.

The Boy Who Dodged Bullets and Bombs So He Could Come to Canberra to Have a Bat and Bowl – and Captain His Country at the Cricket World Cup

As Bangladesh and Afghanistan square off in Canberra for their ICC World Cup Group A pool match today, Archie Butterfly profiles the Afghani skipper, Mohammed Nabi.

Cricket: UAE tour review

For those immersed in the footy news, our cricket aficionado, Luke Reynolds, provides results, analysis and player ratings from Australia’s one-day games against Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The Reverend remains faithful in Afghanistan

I lazily roll out of bed and wander down to the shops. “Salaam alaekum.” This isn’t Sydney Rd, Brunswick. This is Kabul, Afghanistan. I grab the basics – bread, eggs, juice – and introduce a new (expat) neighbour to my bootleg booze dealer; a teenage shop assistant called Sadam Hussein. That’s his actual name. He [Read more]

Mohammad Shahzad: My man

Slap! Reverse sweep for six! Simply … wow. Saeed Ajmal’s bemused look says it all – who is Mohammad Shahzad? I’ve made it to my Nepali friend’s little Afghan house in the heart of Kabul just in time. Shahzad has played one of the greatest cricket shots I’ve ever seen; authoritative, brash, powerful. The reverse sweep [Read more]