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MAY 05, 2014
Australia's rise and the climb ahead
Under Michael Clarke, they have had a fantastic summer. But can they continue to keep the competition at bay in Tests, and win the World Cup?
Michael Clarke and Mitchell Johnson have shaped Australia's path to No. 1, but the team will need a stronger middle order if it is to hold on to the position
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APRIL 22, 2014
Who is the ideal cricket administrator?
While you don't require cricket skills to run a national board, you do need a deft touch and diplomatic skills to deal with vested interests, million-dollar contracts, and cut-throat competition
APRIL 09, 2014
Lessons for 2015
There is much to learn from the World T20 in Bangladesh but expect different skill sets to come into play in next year's 50-over World Cup
MARCH 27, 2014
The white-line crime
Officials spend precious time scrutinising bowlers' foot faults but ignore it when non-strikers gain unfair head starts
MARCH 13, 2014
Time to draw a line in the sand?
It's hard for everyone to agree on what constitutes acceptable boundaries when it comes to on-field behaviour. It's best if the ICC spells it out
FEBRUARY 27, 2014
Does the media think fans are fools?
Why does television seem to think that cricket followers only want to know about their team when it is winning?
FEBRUARY 19, 2014
When the selectors knew something we didn't
John Inverarity and Co weathered unfair criticism for picking Shaun Marsh, but now they need to be lauded for their bold decision
FEBRUARY 11, 2014
Modern injury-prevention techniques are not working
It might be time to go back to more traditional methods of preparation: long periods of batting and bowling in place of hours spent in the gym, in ice baths, and on the massage table
FEBRUARY 02, 2014
Do support staff really make a difference?
If it ultimately comes down to the athlete's skill, then maybe it's time to dispense with the big crews that accompany teams these days
JANUARY 23, 2014
Are central contracts too soft a cushion for elite cricketers?
If they had to play to be paid, would they allow their handlers to rest them so often?
JANUARY 15, 2014
Brett Lee v Piers Morgan? Not cricket
Is there any thrill in watching one of the world's fastest bowlers bowl illegal deliveries aimed at the body of an annoying talk-show host with zero batting skills?
JANUARY 06, 2014
What's a good pitch anyway?
It often seems that only pitches that assist fast bowlers through the game are considered up to standard
JANUARY 01, 2014
Is this good for cricket?
World records are being broken but it points to a deficit in skills at the international level
DECEMBER 26, 2013
A year of goodbyes
Plenty of players bid farewell to the game in 2013 - an unusual number of great ones among them
DECEMBER 15, 2013
Cricket's finest bloke?
Quiet, unassuming, polite and humble, Hashim Amla remains a terrific role model
DECEMBER 10, 2013
England lack skill, pure and simple
The tourists have no excuses for their poor showing. They have simply not been good enough against quality bowling on lively pitches
DECEMBER 03, 2013
Doesn't sledging hurt anyone?
Players insist that what's said on the field doesn't affect them, but then why do it at all? And why go up in arms when someone seemingly crosses the line?
NOVEMBER 28, 2013
How did sledging become a sign of manliness?
Michael Clarke has gained praise in some quarters for showing mongrel by sledging. What sort of message does that send?
NOVEMBER 22, 2013
When petulant jingoism is mistaken for news
A Brisbane newspaper's campaign to vilify Stuart Broad has backfired spectacularly, and deservedly, as it wrongly portrays Australian fans as churlish and immature
NOVEMBER 19, 2013
Tendulkar: devoid of malice
Is his image a carefully constructed bubble that will one day be pricked? Everyone I have asked emphatically disagrees
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