The grating sound of summer

Television commentators Mark Nicholas, Michael Clarke, Ian Chappell and Ian Healy

OPINION: Channel Nine's insufferable commentary team cast a pall over cricket.

Half-empty stadiums for one-dayers

Spectators react to Travis Head's attempt at a catch in the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy match at the SCG in Sydney. The ...

OPINION: Pre-Christmas one-day cricket internationals don't work because people don't warm to them, writes Greg Baum.

Time right for exit video

Ernie Merrick waves to the crowd as he leaves the Westpac Stadium for the field for what would be the final time as ...

OPINION: Timing of Wellington Phoenix coach's resignation a shock but he always had the club's best interests at heart.

First ODI: What we learned video

Kane Williamson's first ODI as captain against Australia was a tough one as not much went right.

OPINION: A sadly too familiar poor start in Australia for the Black Caps now needing 2/2 to keep the cup.

Is this breaking point?

Kirk Penney and the Breakers are less than happy with the way they've played during a four-game losing skid in the ...

Four straight defeats leave Paul Henare's Kiwi ANBL club needing to take a long, hard look in the mirror.

England can break ABs' record

Could Eddie Jones be masterminding a world record for most consecutive top test wins?

OPINION: Only Ireland can stop England snapping the All Blacks' record winning streak.

Parker: In his own words video

New Zealand heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker is primed for his WBO title fight with Andy Ruiz.

OPINION: Joseph Parker writes exclusively for Stuff on why he believes he will win the WBO title.

Level playing field only at RWC

Beauden Barrett and Aaron Smith celebrate a try against an exhausted Welsh side in the third test in June.

OPINION: The Lions had better win the first test next year or they are facing a 3-0 whitewash.

Reason: Test cricket is dying

The Black Caps take on Pakistan at Seddon Park in Hamilton in front of a sparse crowd.

OPINION: Test cricket will slowly drift off into oblivion unless we act now, writes Mark Reason.

Woods and Shakespearean pen

Tiger Woods is back in action after a 16-month layoff.

OPINION: Masses upon masses want Tiger to be great again. Like moths drawn to the bright light of history.

Do us a favour, Australia

Can Michael Cheika and his Wallabies end a pretty ordinary 2016 season on a high note at Twickenham?

OPINION: Time for All Blacks fans to get behind Michael Cheika's men, and cheer them to victory over England.

Win for Wallabies would be one to remember

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika is pumped up ahead of his side's test against England.

Peter FitzSimons reckons should the Wallabies beat England, the rest of 2016 will fade from the memory.

Body blow to Auckland logic

Joseph Parker and his Samoan father Dempsey ham it up at an Auckland training session ahead of the WBO heavyweight title ...

OPINION: High hotel demand for fight weekend further shames council's failure to back title fight.

Sold short by cricket, yet again

Grant Elliott reacts hitting a six to win the World Cup semifinal against South Africa in 2015.

OPINION: Cricket is like that back-stabbing friend who is intent on ruining all your fun.

Aussies awful, or NZ set to fail?

The Black Caps will have to be at their very best to compete in Australia.

 OPINION: Pretenders or contenders? We debate New Zealand's chances of springing a Chappell-Hadlee upset.

Give Losi Filipo a chance; he's trying

Losi Filipo, right, on the charge.

OPINION: Can Losi Filipo ever do enough to put right his wrongs?

Chicago loss lingers

All Blacks captain Kieran Read, pictured leading the haka against France in Paris, is keen to re-sign with New Zealand ...

Wins over Ireland (in Dublin), Italy and France were claimed by the All Blacks. But everyone remembers their loss to the Irish in Chicago.

Tour confirms All Blacks' flaws video

Being All Blacks coach is not all fun and games for Steve Hansen. The end of year tour should give him plenty to think ...

OPINION: There's enough to think about from the November tour to keep Steve Hansen on edge this summer.

Red, pink, white - eyes on ball

These are pink balls. Not to be confused with red ones. And white ones. Batsmen, attune those eyes.

OPINION: Remember to change your white-ball mindset for your red-ball mindset, but not your pink-ball mindset, writes Greg Baum

Home cooking serves up win

New Zealand opener Jeet Raval made a fine fist of his first two tests.

OPINION: The hosts get better than a pass mark for seeing off Pakistan, writes Ian Anderson.

Reason: 'Reality TV with motorcars'

There seem to be almost no limits to the vanity of Lewis Hamilton.

OPINION: It is hard to resist watching Lewis Hamilton - the man who put me in team.

All Blacks back to the pack video

As the year dragged on, it seems like the All Blacks started to run out of steam.

Could it be that Steve Hansen's men are not the indomitable force we had them pegged for, asks Marc Hinton.

All Blacks far from great

Coach Steve Hansen needs to face a worrying thought that the northern hemisphere teams have closed the gap on his All Blacks.

OPINION: Claims that this is the best ever All Blacks team are ludicrous.

5 things we learned about the ABs

The All Blacks' scrambling defence had to be at its very best to keep France at bay, in Paris.

Steve Hansen has done it again - now for his next trick.

Gould: No respect for NRL clubs

Australian Rugby League Commission chairman John Grant insists the NRL needs to spend more on grassroots participation ...

OPINION: Tense relationship reaches breaking point in Australian rugby league.

ABs need to set example

Malakai Fekitoa smashes Irish fullback Rob Kearney in Dublin last weekend.

OPINION: Blind defence of the All Blacks sends a terrible message, writes Mark Reason.

Retaining Smith top priority

All Blacks fullback Ben Smith is a man in demand as he comes off contract for New Zealand rugby.

OPINION: NZ's embattled rugby boss must do what he does best and keep one of our best All Blacks right where he is, writes Marc Hinton.

ABs smeared by jealous rivals

Sam Cane has a history of being cited for shoulder charges.

OPINION: You're not paranoid if they are out to get you, writes Phil Gifford.

Chicago champagne, Dublin dishwater

Irish fans and supporters in Chicago.

OPINION: Given the choice, I'd take more of Chicago and less of Dublin.

Could the Poo help Kyrgios?

Mark Philippoussis was a finalist at Wimbledon and the US Open.

OPINION: Peter FitzSimons wonders if Mark Philippoussis can help tennis bad-boy.

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