Jon Hotten

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Despite a change of ball colour, Ian Bell remained in good touch

What will Ian Bell's legacy be?

He always made the difficult look easy and rarely got the recognition his batting deserved. The difficulty of replacing him may determine his worth

Michael Carberry reflects on his poor error

The pain of the discarded England opener

Facing the new ball acts like a can-opener on a candidate's game and his psyche. Also, failure in the role is harder to deal with than for other players

Ricky Ponting plays a pull shot during his innings of 104

Ponting's pull

The former Australia captain's recent dissection of his meat-and-potatoes shot made for fascinating viewing

Steve Harmison removed Tom Smith early in Lancashire's second innings

The man who was concrete

No one who saw Chris Tavaré bat - or set at the crease, rather - will forget it in a hurry, even if the detail is blurred by its endless repetition

Phillip Hughes pulls during his half-century

Losing Phil Hughes

He was a magical player when he made his Test debut, but the establishment's orthodoxy, confusion and fear have reduced him to a shadow of his old self


Gayle forces the pace of change

Clad in his space-garb, his gold pads and his gridiron helmet, shoulders rippling under his muscle shirt, Chris Gayle is an implacable object, driving cricket forwards, challenging the world to produce another batsman that plays like him