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APRIL 20, 2014

From hockey sticks to whalebone

Bat-making as a craft has undergone revolutionary changes and then some since the days of Hambledon
Unfinished bats sun outside a factory near Colombo © AFP
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APRIL 03, 2014

The golden land of pre-season

It's that time of year when you dust your kit and conveniently forget how the last season went
MARCH 22, 2014

Anger isn't all bad

Ben Stokes may have broken his wrist by punching a locker door in anger, but that's much the same emotion he needs to channel at the top of his run-up
MARCH 06, 2014

Who cares about bats anyway?

We don't think much about our bats, do we? No, not much at all
FEBRUARY 21, 2014

What's the best job in cricket?

Streaker guard? Grass cutter? Bat maker? Or a sushi-eating cricket missionary?
JANUARY 22, 2014

When a six is not enough

How long before the mighty heave that clears the stadium is awarded more than half a dozen runs?
DECEMBER 24, 2013

A Christmas wishlist

A genuine English fast bowler, application for KP, a time machine for Sreesanth, and other humble requests
DECEMBER 19, 2013

Tours from hell

Think it's gone all pear-shaped for England in Australia? Other teams have had it worse when playing away from home
DECEMBER 04, 2013

The comeback

Just as Mitchell Johnson has risen from the ashes of cricket ignominy and ridicule, England need a new hero of the hour to inspire their fightback
NOVEMBER 20, 2013

The Ashes and the audience effect

Having a baying crowd in your corner can only be a good thing, can't it?
NOVEMBER 07, 2013

What has happened to the art of swing?

If a bowler hits the popping crease with a booming sidewinder that starts outside off and is about to uproot leg stump, not many batsmen are going to try anything fancy
OCTOBER 24, 2013

Moving past a howler

How do you deal with a costly mistake on the field? By sobbing, praising your opponent's skill, or by using the power of your imagination?
OCTOBER 14, 2013

Practice makes perfect?

Does a technical, complex sport like cricket contain new tricks that can't be taught to old dogs?
OCTOBER 03, 2013

Ladies and gentlemen

Would playing more mixed-sex cricket be an advancement of the sport?
SEPTEMBER 26, 2013

What does it mean to be in the zone?

Some call it a groove, others call it form, but all cricketers know when they're in it
SEPTEMBER 12, 2013

The long and short of the run-up

The best in the business may say you can achieve a lot from a shortened run-up, but can you forego the power trip a long one gives you?
SEPTEMBER 01, 2013

What is it about a six?

There's something primal and thrilling about the shot - one that connects player and audience in more ways than one
AUGUST 22, 2013

Cheating: it's in our blood

Cricket changes because we are inventive and have the capacity for underhand behaviour and self-deception. As we evolve, the rules must too
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nicholas Hogg
Nicholas Hogg is co-founder of the Authors Cricket Club. His d├ębut novel, Show Me the Sky, was nominated for the IMPAC literary award, and he has won numerous short-story prizes. He has written for the Independent and his work has also been broadcast by the BBC. A Leicestershire CCC youth player, he claims once to have trapped Chris Broad plumb lbw in a match at Grace Road - not that the umpire agreed with him. @nicholas_hogg

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