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Ever get the feeling you're sharing in the success of a top-level cricketer you may have played with or against growing up?
It's simple, it's TV-friendly and it has a promoter who can tailor the product for its audience
Most of their matches are at venues that will suit their style of play, but their strategy is directed at tackling bouncier pitches
The boys discuss the Pakistan ODIs, Brett Lee's foray into rom-com acting, and if there's any hope for Jesse Ryder
This annual fixture is special not just for the cricket, but also because it satisfies one of the tenets of Christmas - bringing people together
The inability to build pressure by denying runs, even on pitches with sufficient help to keep batsmen honest, is India's biggest problem
He has experienced captaincy at every level. Most admirably, he has managed to reinvent his game to succeed at the highest level
Cook lacks certain qualities the ex-England captain listed as those necessary for an ideal leader, in particular, charisma
Why there really is no point in the PCB trying to get international cricket back to Pakistan
Sure, it makes for thrilling viewing, but the tests of courage it provides can be achieved by other means
The Adelaide Test was pulsating, dramatic and poignant, and threw up questions about India's captaincy, and the absence of the DRS
Another dose of random numbers - this time from readers. Also: a tribute to Phillip Hughes, and the now-customary Bradman surprise.
Picking a newbie as the sole spinner in the XI could be a mistake that will haunt them