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Soaring in the 1980s, slumping in the 2000s

Sep 12, 2014: In their pomp, West Indies had a 53-13 win-loss record; in their last 99, it is 16-53. That, in a nutshell, shows how steep the decline has been

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England's problems against spin

Sep 5, 2014: Unlike other teams which play spin better, England have lost too many wickets to slow bowlers in the middle overs, suggesting a riskier approach to scoring runs

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Australia v South Africa, tri-series, Harare

Steyn disappears for three consecutive sixes

Sep 2, 2014: Stats highlights from Australia's 62-run win against South Africa in Harare

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Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 3rd ODI, Dambulla

Thisara Perera - 79 matches, nine MoM awards

Aug 30, 2014: Stats highlights from the third ODI between Sri Lanka and Pakistan in Dambulla, which Sri Lanka dominated from start to finish to set up one of their most convincing wins

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Can keep, can bat

Aug 29, 2014: The modern wicketkeeper needs to be more than capable with the bat, and West Indies and Pakistan have had some success with them recently

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From support act to lead role

Aug 22, 2014: For many years Rangana Herath was the ideal foil for Murali, but over the last four years he has become Sri Lanka's strike bowler

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India in England 2014

Post-Lord's, India's numbers weaker than in 2011

Aug 19, 2014: The first two Investec Tests were even, but India were swept aside in the last three so thoroughly that the overall series stats look pretty lopsided

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Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 2nd Test, SSC, 5th day

Herath betters Murali, Sarfraz equals Andy Flower

Aug 18, 2014: Stats highlights from Sri Lanka's comprehensive Test win by 105 runs at the SSC

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Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 2nd Test, SSC, 3rd day

A century after 1998 days

Aug 16, 2014: Stats highlights from an eventful third day, when a bowler took nine wickets in an innings for the first time in 12 years, and a Pakistan wicketkeeper got a Test hundred for the first time since February 2009

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Numbers Game

Big hundreds, a home superstar, and much more

Aug 15, 2014: Mahela Jayawardene had his problems overseas, but in home conditions he was outstanding, and for Sri Lanka he was a constant at No. 4 for 17 years

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Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 1st Test, Galle, 4th day

Sangakkara's golden run, and Ajmal's long wait

Aug 9, 2014: Stats highlights from a day which was completely dominated by Kumar Sangakkara

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Numbers Game

Opening pairs in a slump

Aug 8, 2014: The average opening partnership has fallen significantly in the last three years, and in 2014 it's lower than the averages for all the other wickets except the ninth and the tenth

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India in England 2014

Bhuvneshwar, Anderson evenly matched

Aug 5, 2014: James Anderson and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have been the leading bowlers in the series so far with similar stats, but in their head-to-head battles Bhuvneshwar is ahead

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Numbers Game

An all-round ODI giant

Aug 1, 2014: Few players can boast the sort of numbers that Jacques Kallis achieved in ODIs; plus, he was Man-of-the-Match in the final when South Africa won their only ICC tournament

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Stats feature

The 30-over factor

Aug 2014: Conventional wisdom suggests that in an ODI, a team with wickets in hand is likely to double its score after the 30-over mark. Is it time to recalibrate this rule of thumb?

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Numbers Game

Bhuvneshwar on course for super series

Jul 25, 2014: Only 15 times in Test history has a player achieved the double of 300 runs and 20 wickets in a Test series. Going on current form, Bhuvneshwar could well be the 16th

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England v India, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's, 5th day

Ishant on a roll and Stokes' batting nightmare

Jul 21, 2014: Stats highlights from the Lord's Test, the last day of which was dominated by Ishant Sharma's seven-wicket haul

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Sri Lanka v South Africa, 1st Test, Galle, 4th day

Winning after 100-plus deficits, and Sangakkara's run-fest in 2014

Jul 19, 2014: Stats highlights from the fourth day in Galle, when Sri Lanka made a strong start in their chase of 370

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Sri Lanka v South Africa, 1st Test, Galle, 3rd day

Steyn's Asia haul, and Mathews second to the Don

Jul 18, 2014: Stats highlights from the third day in Galle, which was dominated by Dale Steyn

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Numbers Game

A year for lower-order batting heroics

Jul 18, 2014: Lower-order partnership stats have remained remarkably constant over the last five decades, but there's been a huge leap in the first seven months of 2014

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