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Greg Baum

Greg Baum is chief sports columnist and associate editor with The Age

Pat Cummins took four wickets, three of which were with short-pitched balls.

Cummins quickens Australian hearts

If not a red letter day for Australia, it was at least a red leather day. Pat Cummins on his return to Test cricket took four wickets, and is not done yet.

Captain Steven Smith kisses his helmet after scoring a century during the first day of the third Test.

Smith and Maxwell blaze the trail

Steve Smith looked to the dressing room at least twice, at 50 and 100, and again as he walked off at stumps, unbeaten. If in Bengaluru he had misguidedly needed an outside opinion about whether or not he was out, it is a long time since he has needed direction about how to stay in. This was his 11th cenury in 21 matches since he become captain, merely 16 months ago. He is Australia's man for all situations, seasons and reasons.

Centenary Test, Australia v England: March 17, 1977: David Hookes hits five consecutive fours off English bowler Tony Grieg.

The Centenary Test 40 years on - cricket with style

The way the Melbourne Cricket Club pulled the Centenary Test together moved Marylebone Cricket Club secretary Billy Griffith to remark: "This must be the most magnificent effort ever made by any cricket authority."

Wilt Chamberlain in the dressing room, after he scored 100 points as the Warriors defeated the New York Knicks 169-147, ...

Three cheers for the underhand way

Wilt Chamberlain has two prodigious claims to fame, and one at least is verifiable. The first is that he slept with 20,000 women. The other is that one night in Pennsylvania in 1962, playing for the Philadelphia Warriors against the New York Knicks, he shot 100 points in a game of basketball, a record unlikely to be broken.

Breakthrough: Steve O'Keefe celebrates the wicket of Virat Kohli.

Kohli down, but not out yet

The first ball Virat Kohli faced as captain of India was from Mitch Johnson at the Adelaide Oval, and it hit him in the head. That was less than two weeks after the death of Phil Hughes, and it  sent an alarmed shiver down every spine, not least Johnson's.

Former runner John Steffensen, right, was instrumental in getting Usain Bolt to Australia.

If only I'd tried, says Bolt - or played cricket

Pivoting one way on his swivel chair, eight-times Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt said that if only he had been more dedicated when he was young, he might have achieved so much more. "I was reckless," he said.