Greg Baum Counter-intuitive as it is, this account must begin with Marlon Samuels. It was he who – dozy as if still on his deckchair in Jamaica – dropped Martin Guptill at square leg from the third...
Greg Baum One of the stranger sights of this World Cup was a pair of Bangladeshi slips. In a simplified history of that country's cricket, a slip is what sometimes happens when turning for two.
Greg Baum The World Cup, even more clearly than before, is Australia's to lose.
Greg Baum Ideally, Australia would have batted rather than bowled, for their own sake and that of the chirrupy Bellerive Oval crowd.
Greg Baum While precariously employed England coach Peter Moores goes to the data to determine where his team lost their way in this World Cup, everyone else is crunching the numbers to see how their team...
Greg Baum Somewhere in our midst, catching our eye every distant now and then, a cricket World Cup is taking place.
Greg Baum Rookie Irish off-spinner Andy McBrine bowled what is likely to remain the over of a lifetime against South Africa.
Greg Baum The way to succeed in this World Cup is patent: bat first, make at least 300, or lose.
Greg Baum Colloquially, the arena is called the Cake Tin. Aesthetically, it resembles the amphitheatre in the Monty Python spoof The Life Of Brian, which was not entirely inappropriate this day.
Greg Baum The misshapen ground of a thousand theoretical runs became the ground of mishaps and almost the full quota of wickets.
Greg Baum Hell, Australia need to play this game. Any game. A game of cricket, please.
Greg Baum Whether you're Mahela Jayawardene or Kumar Sangakkara, you wake up each day, perhaps a little more creakily than yesterday, now that you're 37.
Greg Baum Inventing day-night cricket was one thing for Kerry Packer, apportioning how much would be day and how much night was another.
Greg Baum One effect of this hyperextended World Cup is that even good teams disappear from consciousness, sometimes for weeks at a time.
Greg Baum Cricket lovers lucky enough to be of a certain age have in their minds a black-and-white highlights reel from the first World Cup final at Lord's in 1975.
Greg Baum As an orange sun set behind the Adelaide Oval on Sunday evening, off-spinner R. Ashwin came into the Indian attack and bowled a dot ball, prompting a cheer from the pro-Indian crowd.
Greg Baum Four games in, and already the likely themes of this World Cup are asserting themselves.
Greg Baum This was the day the city of churches became the city of chacha and achha.
Greg Baum The Great Southern Stand was newly inaugurated when the last World Cup game was played at the MCG, and in Australia.
Greg Baum In sport, history does repeat, frequently. That's the point of it, if you're good enough.