AN umpiring farce threatens to take some shine off the historic pink ball Test, after New Zealand were robbed of a chance to take a stranglehold on day two.

VIDEO: Tyson Fury has been crowned the new heavyweight champion after handing Wladimir Klitschko his first defeat in 11 years. Re-live the action!

JAMIE Vardy set a new Premier League record by scoring in an 11th consecutive top-flight match as Leicester City drew 1-1 with Manchester United on Saturday.

THERE was the historic nature of the occasion to be handled but in the end it was simple cricket strategy that prevailed, writes Ian Chappell.

Despite the A-League’s mostly good news story, football fans feel they have not been met half-way. In the past week they have prosecuted a strong case writes Richard Hinds.


Cricket under the microscope, with many balls in the air

Cricket, our raison d’etre for so many years, is in a state of flux.

We have variation upon variation of the shorter game, an international calendar so busy that matches seem to morph into the next without definition, and a huge pool of Australian players servicing one form of the game or another to the point where we have trouble remembering the names.

As another cricket season gets underway, we sought the views of three key figures in the game – Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland, journalist Greg Baum and park cricketer, author and journalist Gideon Haigh. Here’s how they see our great summer game…

We're overcoming challenges, making progress  - James Sutherland

One-day cricket, limited appeal  - Greg Baum

Indian largesse holds key to cricket's future  - Gideon Haigh


The MCG during the 2006 Australia v England Boxing Day Test