It seems so long ago now, but in the print media age the crispest insights we gained into the mindset of sportspeople often came via the humble magazine Q&A.
For Gareth Batty the wait for another Test wicket (his 12th) lasted 11 years.
Joe Root is vice-captain, senior batsman and still looks as if he has only just received his A-level results. But they all look up to him now. And he has long since started to sound like a veteran.
BT Sport has announced the addition of Michael Vaughan and Kevin Pietersen to their punditry team for the Australia v South Africa Test series next month. The two former England Test captains are joined by Graeme Swann, the former Australia captain Ricky Ponting, the BBC commentator Alison Mitchell and Radio 1’s Greg James as the anchor.
There was nothing that could have been done to save Phillip Hughes after he was hit in the neck by a ball as he batted in a Sheffield Shield match two years ago, a coronial inquest into his death has heard.
The man in the Hampshire tie in the Robin Smith Bar had a quizzical air about him. “The thing is,” he confided in subdued tones, as if addressing his physician, “I have never seen Ben Stokes bat. So I want to see him do well, but not too well, if you get my drift.”
The England and Wales Cricket Board’s hopes of sending two full-strength squads for the month-long trip to Bangladesh at the end of September have received a boost by the news that the Test captain, Alastair Cook, has confirmed his place on tour.
Yorkshire's star man guides England to a 2-0 lead.
Joe Root has long accepted the expectation that comes with being England’s top batsman and, after his opening day hundred against India, hoped a message has been sent to his team-mates that they too can thrive in this Test series.
Does the India captain belong among the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting and Steve Waugh when his career comes to an end?
Alastair Cook has soaked up some tough days during his record 57 Tests as England captain but Monday in Mohali – which ended with him out for 12, his opening partner unable to bat, his side four down and 56 runs adrift with hopes of a series win close to blown – was quite some challenge to his fortitude.
Ashton Agar wrote himself into Ashes folklore with a stunning 98 on debut to stun the cricketing world.
Former England wicketkeeper Warren Hegg has been discussing Jos Buttler's development and Test breakthrough with HITC Sport.
Former England wicketkeeper Warren Hegg talks up Jos Buttler's credentials to HITC Sport as he endeavours to fill Matt Prior's boots.
Joe Root’s expected succession of Alastair Cook as England Test captain, be it in January or further down the line, comes with no guarantees, with the team’s assistant coach, Paul Farbrace, believing any talk about his suitability involves a touch of “crystal-ball gazing”.
There is a mountain for England to climb whatever the formbook might say. Recent history suggests they have a better chance of winning here than anywhere else in India since they have been victorious in their past two Tests at the Wankhede Stadium.
Alastair Cook has described the series defeat in India – one that was completed with a Test to spare by a crushing loss in Mumbai – as the type of result that “naturally” leads him to question his future as England captain but he will not be making any decisions until the new year.
England are bad at endings. The last Englishman to win his final series as captain was Keith Fletcher, who led his side to victory over Sri Lanka in a one‑off Test in Colombo and was promptly sacked by Peter May.