In Case You Missed It: It was the Test of times

Jack Leach is all of us watching that third Ashes Test Getty Images

Epic last-wicket stands, victories snatched in the near dark, hat-tricks in a six-for - tell us again how Test cricket is boring. Last week was a great showcase for the longest format, and with two more Ashes Tests to go, could this be the revival Test cricket needs?

Not out of nowhere - how New Zealand won the P Sara Oval Test
New Zealand pulled off a victory over Sri Lanka in the rain and failing light in the second Test, but don't mistake that for a lucky win, says Andrew Fidel Fernando. Blessed with some of the finest players in the world, you can be sure that this New Zealand team knows what it is doing.

The marvel that is Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah became only the third Indian to take a Test hat-trick, his six-for leaving West Indies reeling in the second Test. Karthik Krishnaswamy says his ability to swing the ball both ways at pace is straight out of a fantasy and evidence of how he seems to add a new layer to his bowling with every match.

PCB unveils new domestic set-up with 'stay at the top' mantra
Three-tiered structure to be spread across the three provinces, beginning with the city associations and ending with talented players moving up to the highest level.

Still no MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya replaces Bhuvneshwar Kumar for South Africa T20Is
Bhuvneshwar was the only player left out from the T20I squad that recently played against West Indies.

One day too many? Early finishes point to new possibilities for Test cricket
Even as the ICC mulls four-day Tests to make the longest version of the game more popular among its fans, the format itself seems to be shrinking organically. Shiva Jayaraman takes a look.

'Blind leading the blind' - how Jamaica lost its love for Test cricket
Five players from the island were in the World Cup squad, but only one - John Campbell - is in the squad for the Tests against India. What's gone wrong? Aishwarya Kumar investigates.

Ian Chappell: How do the 2019 Ashes compare to 2005?
Three matches down, three similar results, but can the series rise to the level of drama and excitement of the magnificent 2005 edition? Melinda Farrell, meanwhile, is reliving the exhilarating ebbs and flows of that extraordinary third Ashes Test match at Headingley that will live long in the memory of those who witnessed it.

'All for bowling fast but I'm here to get wickets' - Jofra Archer
Alan Gardner chats with Jofra Archer, who says he's "very, very relieved" after England's escape at Headingley and looking forward to renewing battle with Steven Smith.

Usman Khawaja for Australia captain? Why not?
Given the divisive recent history of the Australian captaincy, in fact, the argument for Khawaja only grows stronger. Where Tim Paine broke the mould, Khawaja would help to reshape it still further, says Daniel Brettig.

What has gone wrong for Pakistan cricket this century? A story in 16 graphs
They have reached No. 1 Test and T20I sides in the last four years and won the Champions Trophy, but they still lack consistency and depth of talent. Hassan Cheema runs through some numbers to understand why

Stokes 2019 is Botham '81 + Flintoff '05 and more
Mark Nicholas says the Ashes are alive thanks to the incredible game awareness and self-belief of one batsman who was yet again left to get it done by himself. Was Stokes' stand the greatest fourth-innings knock in recent memory? Take our poll and tell us.

'Village cricketer' Jack Leach savours moment as unlikely Ashes hero
He may not have been the hero England expected, but he was certainly the one they needed as he helped Ben Stokes carry the team to an epic win. A No. 11 given the job of holding down an end while their batting partners led improbable chases from the other? In Leach's innings Andrew Fidel Fernando sees shades of Vishwa Fernando's stand in Sri Lanka's famous win in Durban in February. And he's not the only one - remember these six great single-figure innings?