David Hopps

KP bowls them over

Pietersen's selection as England captain was universally viewed as a high-risk appointment, a reliance upon a man with a record of volatility.

India urged to vote for Zim ban

Moves to isolate Zimbabwe cricket gathered momentum this week when the England and Wales Cricket Board began preliminary talks with India.

Duncan Fletcher, man of faith

England's tour of Australia ended in surreal fashion, with a browbeaten side recovering their vigour to win the Commonwealth Bank one-day series and Duncan Fletcher extolling the words of Mother Teresa as his inspiration during the bleakest period of the Ashes winter.

A bet, a beer and a bat

The maturing of Ricky Ponting has been a long and uncertain process, but if Australia survive the unrest of their campaign to lift the trophy, it may be time to proclaim that the journey is complete.

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