Chloe Saltau

Chloe Saltau is the chief cricket writer at The Age, regularly covering international cricket and providing news, comment and analysis on international cricket. She joined The Age as a trainee in 1998 and spent several years writing for general news (chiefly as a social policy reporter covering welfare and family issues) before moving to sport.

Kevin Pietersen.

England 'mad' to have banished Pietersen, says Stars teammate

England are "mad" to have banished Kevin Pietersen, according to his Melbourne Stars teammate John Hastings, who believes the reborn batsman has brought the missing ingredient that could help the Stars break their semi-final curse in Perth on Sunday night.

Tricky situation: George Bailey is facing a confusing World Cup.

Bailey on captain's merry-go-round

Captain one game, dropped for the next. That is the bizarre situation that could confront interim skipper George Bailey if Michael Clarke's determined quest to meet the selectors' World Cup fitness deadline is successful. 

Chairman of selectors Rod Marsh and Michael Clarke at the announcement of Australia's World Cup squad in Sydney on Sunday.

Trust issues on Clarke still simmer

The stringent fitness deadline imposed on Michael Clarke shows the trust issues that existed before the Test summer are still simmering beneath the surface.