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JULY 23, 2014

A strange, brutal magic

As Ishant Sharma showed at Lord's, short-pitched bowling can open old wounds and create sudden uncertainty
When faced with fast short-pitched bowling, younger players can be spooked, older players can be gun-shy © Getty Images
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JULY 16, 2014

Ishant lurches from hero to villain

Disaster may lurk and comedy may come, but Ishant Sharma brings a wholeheartedness to his team that should be valued above stats
JULY 08, 2014

The Victorian-pitch blues

Occasionally these days, at the lower levels, we're brought face to face with the kind of cricket conditions our ancestors lived with
JULY 01, 2014

Ponting's pull

The former Australia captain's recent dissection of his meat-and-potatoes shot made for fascinating viewing
JUNE 24, 2014

The importance of England v India

Why the upcoming series has all the makings of a historic turning point
JUNE 12, 2014

There's a new columnist in town

Kevin Pietersen has both reach and voice, and he has a cause to unite around too
JUNE 04, 2014

How best can England use Buttler?

In England, a country yet to embrace the increasingly porous boundaries between formats, Jos Buttler could be the next star
MAY 28, 2014

A crossroads for Joe Root

Long hailed for his extraordinary talent, Root is still to quite make good. And England can't afford to give him the time they gave a young Ian Bell to blossom
MAY 14, 2014

England and the IPL: a thaw will come

It's clear now that T20 cricket will not exist in isolation from the rest of the game, and the sooner the ECB realises it, the better
MAY 07, 2014

The last of the long run-up

The sight of a fast bowler running in from a distance, sometimes starting in a position only vaguely related to the position of the wicket, is a thrilling one. And it's increasingly rare now
APRIL 30, 2014

The player England will miss the most

In the new era, England will find it hard to fill the huge hole left by Graeme Swann's retirement, on the field and off it
APRIL 24, 2014

Moores and the shadow of the past

His second spell as England coach might be nothing like his first, but memories of it will hover nevertheless
APRIL 15, 2014

You can't control talent, only channel it

Cricket runs the risk of going down the route of over-coaching, like in some other sports - which is not ideal in a game that is as much about art as about science
APRIL 02, 2014

Were England complacent?

Giles and Broad used the word to describe the team's performance in the World T20, but what it really describes is the attitude of their bosses
MARCH 26, 2014

Can bowling line-ups collapse?

It's a phenomenon that the T20 game is uniquely geared to produce, as the Ireland-Netherlands clash showed
MARCH 18, 2014

Coached by Goochie

How many of us can claim to have attended a masterclass with England's most prolific run scorer?
MARCH 04, 2014

Can Flower bring art to the science of coaching?

Great coaches understand the fluidity of technique, the role of imagination, the constant forward momentum of the game
FEBRUARY 19, 2014

The psychological dominance of Mitchell Johnson

The hold he has is not just on batsmen, it is on the collective imagination of everyone watching him bow
FEBRUARY 13, 2014

Cricket's constantly unfolding narrative

It may feel as though the game is at the peak of its evolution but it's only a matter of time before current events seem dated
FEBRUARY 07, 2014

Of Boycott, KP, and the ECB's alienation

The two are unalike as batsmen, but they share a tendency to speak plainly, have complex, sensitive personalities, and have found themselves made scapegoats at times
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Jon Hotten
Jon Hotten is the author of Muscle and The Years Of The Locust, neither of which is about cricket, and writes the blog The Old Batsman, which is. @theoldbatsman

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