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Ravi will have Aussie bats in a spin

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RAVI Ashwin is threatening to derail Australia’s patched-up batting line-up months before the toss of the coin in Adelaide, writes cricket expert KEN PIESSE: NEVER before has a humble finger spinner promised to wreak such destruction on the dawn of a major new... More »

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Steve Smith got his fair whack

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STEVE SMITH shamed himself and the game and deserved his 12 months suspension, says author KEN PIESSE in his  soon-to-be-published new book Australia’s Cricket Scandals. More »

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Pepper added his own spice to cricket

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CEC PEPPER was the quintessential wild colonial boy. He blued with Bradman.  He lived for 30 years in a “ménage a trois” and shortly before his death 25 years ago, willed half his fortune to a woman he’d just met. KEN PIESSE introduces the best cricketer never... More »

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Growing Paines for the new cricket captain

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THE WEEK THAT WAS: NOBODY REALLY expected the massively depleted Australian one-day cricket team to do it easy when their five-match one-day series started this week – and they didn’t. It wasn’t all bad but there were some worrying signs for the captain, says ... More »

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AB de Villiers: no better cricketer to watch

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HE WAS THE cricketer other cricketers wanted to be – and there is no greater compliment. RON REED salutes AB de Villiers on his retirement from the international game: CRICKET FANS, and statisticians, are always debating the identity of the world’s best batsma... More »

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It’s not a war, says elder statesman

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SLEDGING IS an even bigger threat to cricket's well being than ball tampering, according to the iconic Dr Ali Bacher. KEN PIESSE spent an hour with South African cricket's renaissance man. More »