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Rob Steen is a sportswriter and senior lecturer in sports journalism at the University of Brighton. His book Floodlights and Touchlines: A History of Spectator Sport is out now
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The best pound-for-pound captain

Mar 24, 2008: It is one of professional boxing’s few saving graces that commentators still attempt to identify the world’s best “pound-for-pound” pugilist, for all that proving as much is impossible

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Of sacred cows

Mar 21, 2008: Bar Bradman, Allen and Warner, Gubby and Plum, have long been the most sacred of cricket’s ancient cows

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Trading places

Mar 10, 2008: Innumerable words, dispassionate and rabid alike, have been, and will continue to be, expended trying to get to the root of the collective hard-drive failure currently afflicting England’s premier national sporting teams (and yes, I am wilfully

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Test of will

Mar 3, 2008: With baseball belatedly joining in last year, cricket and American football remain the only major team sports without a world crown worthy of the name

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Pageant of Cricket

Big pictures

Mar 1, 2008: David Frith's masterly pictorial history of cricket captures the game in its totality

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Big wedge, thin end

Feb 25, 2008: “There can be no normal sport in an abnormal society.” Thus was the stance of the South African Cricket Board during Apartheid

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Revolution blues

Feb 18, 2008: If Packer can be regarded as a Marconi, Preity Zinta, Shah Rukh Khan and the other Bollywooders fronting those eight IPL consortia are equivalent to the backers of pirate radio

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Cool Ed Smith

Feb 10, 2008: Ed Smith’s newie, What Sport Tells Us About Life , is not just the best book by a Middlesex captain since Mike Brearley’s The Art of Captaincy a couple of decades ago

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When substitution adds up

Feb 1, 2008: Had RP been fit to bowl the 23 overs sent down by Tendulkar, Sehwag and Ganguly, in addition to the four to which he was confined, his strike-rate suggests he might have taken three wickets

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The Wisden Cricketer - February 2008

The men with the most

Jan 24, 2008: Before Warne and Murali jumped ahead, other bowlers held the distinction of being the leading wicket-takers of the time. The Wisden Cricketer trawls through the record-breakers of their day

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Ricky's dream

Jan 21, 2008: I was off my game, mate

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Monkeyline revisited

Jan 14, 2008: At the height of it all, some Pommie journo living here wrote a column calling for Ponting’s resignation, for the way his team’s behaviour had shamed the country and undermined the spirit of the game, which in turn led to a two-year investigation of

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Symonds and the Samson Factor

Jan 7, 2008: It cannot be said that Symonds is widely characterised by his pigmentation

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A tale of two flatmates

Jan 4, 2008: "It's difficult to compare them," Peter Moores admitted four years ago, then did just that with consummate ease

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English cricket

Vaughan reborn

Dec 16, 2007: Not only is Michael Vaughan showing signs of re-scaling the heights of 2002; he is also beginning to come to terms with what so many assume to be the toughest job in sport: captaining a cricket team

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Fielders of dreams

Dec 11, 2007: There is, however, one department of expertise for which claiming that we’ve never had it so good is entirely justifiable, incontrovertibly so

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English cricket

Rauf justice

Dec 5, 2007: Surely the third umpire, the grandly-monikered Tyron Hirantha Wijewardene, should have been in a position to pick up his walkie-talkie and gently alert Asad Rauf to the bat’s involvement before he made a fool of himself

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An undiluted champion

Dec 3, 2007: We Hebrews have a word for such occasions: mazeltov

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Dear David Morgan

Nov 22, 2007: David/Dai, it will be on your watch, in 2009, that the ICC celebrates its centenary

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Of greed and stupidity

Nov 14, 2007: So the Indian board have backed Cricket Australia’s decision to charge agencies for the privilege of reporting matches, have they

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