Dynasties, after all, can wind up frighteningly quickly, with or without hubris at the top.
Sachin Tendulkar is reported to have requested 500 tickets for friends and relatives for his final match before retirement.
Time away from home, the pressures of top-level sport, and even the game itself play a part. Antoinette Muller speaks to some of the players about why mental health problems are still a taboo subject in professional cricket.
When he retired from cricket, Ed Smith sought some distance from sport and in particular from cricket. But the first Ashes test of 2013 at Trent Bridge has brought him back to his first love - cricket.
Ed Smith's "Left Field" column.
Imran Khan's diary.
As the first Ashes test gets underway, Antoinette Muller looks into the often-overlooked women's game, where unequal prize money and a lack of professional contracts means many female cricketers must hold down other jobs in order to take to the field.
Despite objections from Afghan society, a women's cricket team is emerging.
Ed Smith reviews a biography of Shane Warne, modern sport’s method actor.