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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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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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Timmy Time – it’s now or never

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HE IS the Socceroos’ best-known and most popular player – and possibly the man most likely to win the crucial match against Peru off his own boot. So surely Tim Cahill’s World Cup will not end in total anti-climax without him even setting foot on the field, sa... 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 »