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An independent report has found that Australian cricket’s culture of win-at-all-costs has come at a high price. AAP/Dean Lewins

Australian cricket’s wake-up call on a culture that has cost it dearly

While revered as heroes by their fans, Australia's cricketers have played hard – too hard – for too long, and now the sport must begin the difficult task of self-reflection and change.
A game of cricket at Lords Cricket Ground as captured by an unknown French artist in 1865.

How cricket got its reputation for fair play

Of all sports, cricket is said to be the epitome of fair play. That has a lot to do with its long history.
Steve Smith has borne the brunt of the public and media vitriol over Australian cricket’s ball-tampering scandal. EPA/Muzi Ntombela

Can the cricketers banned for ball tampering ever regain their hero status? It’s happened before

If the Australian cricketers involved in a ball-tampering scandal manage to return to the game, and do so triumphantly, it is likely they will be forgiven – and some may even forget their role in it.
In happier times: Cameron Bancroft and Steve Smith talk to the media during the victorious Ashes series. AAP/Darren England

Just not cricket: why ball tampering is cheating

Altering the condition of the match ball is against the rules of the sport, contrary to 'the spirit of cricket', and deemed to be 'unfair'. It is a form of cheating.
Despite being only about 10% of the population, there is a relatively high proportion of left-arm players in international cricket. Digitally altered image. Original by Dean Lewins/AAP

Video explainer: Bowling strategies and decision-making in cricket

In the final episode of our three-part cricket video series, we look at bowlers and how they find their rhythm and develop a game plan, and why left-armers are so successful.
Brisbane’s Chris Lynn was the top ranked batsman in the Big Bash League last season. AAP

What data tells us about the best cricket players

Simply taking the most wickets or scoring the most runs doesn't make you the best player. Here's how to judge players based on how much they contribute to winning.
Elite batsmen seem to be playing their natural game, but are constantly adapting to the conditions and the opposition bowlers. Digitally altered image. Original by Dean Lewins/AAP

Video explainer: Batting expertise and decision-making in cricket

In the second of a three-part series, we look at how batsmen make split-second decisions and cope with the mental demands of Test cricket.
The ability to perform and make good decisions under pressure actually comes from practice and experience, not innate talent. The British Council

Video explainer: How cricket captains make good decisions

Ever wondered how cricket captains make all the decisions they need to make in a test match? In the first of a three-part series, we look at what goes through a captain's mind on the pitch.

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