International Cricket Council

Ashes slip

Did “clashing ideologies,” as was being said until Ricky Ponting and Usman Khwaja spoke up and hit a discordant note, really “script an epic Ashes” series? Was it, as the Australian duo suggested, a bit of jiggery-pokery which may have sensationally fashioned the result of the Oval Test or was it the eternal “sour grapes” story playing out again?

Tests can’t be eclipsed by T-20s’

Raju Mukherji, now 72, occasionally lets fall words and sentences which suggest he has finally put his feet up. That he hasn't come home when he lets you in on the drift of his thoughts on cricket.

The big game

Olympic football is for age-compliant players with a few big ones thrown into each team. Track and field has its own independent sources of sustenance.