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AUGUST 26, 2014

The parts of cricket that language forgot

There are feelings and situations in cricket that all of us are familiar with but can't describe succinctly
How do you describe the feeling of relief on surviving a session mixed with the anxiety of returning to bat after the break? © Getty Images
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AUGUST 13, 2014

The complex art of picking openers

An opening pair requires good form and a happy blend of personalities to succeed. Perhaps Cook needs a new partner in the Strauss mould
AUGUST 06, 2014

Does Anderson need a verbal crutch?

It seems odd that a man who can make the ball talk like he does needs to resort to verbal aggression
JULY 30, 2014

Cook's Brearley lesson

Mike Brearley managed to remain an outstanding captain despite his consistent failures with the bat. Is there a lesson in there for England's current skipper?
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
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?
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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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