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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.
Recent changes to cricket governance orchestrated by the ‘Big Three’ – India, England and Australia – guarantee that they will command most of the game’s billions. AAP/Joe Castro

English football holds lessons for cricket, as elites hijack the game

Cricket, which has aspirations to become a global game despite the limitations of its growth trajectory along the lines plotted by the old British Empire, may shrink back to a few strongholds.

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