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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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Simon says – Aussies beware!

May 31, 2008: If, come July and August, the fire of Messrs Steyn, Ntini and Nel is to be returned with anything approaching interest, the temptation to draft Jones and Flintoff back ahead of schedule may prove far too strong

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The Spirit of Cricket 2008

May 8, 2008: A Welshman is due to take over as president and a black South African as CEO

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The Trouble With Freddie

May 7, 2008: To pick Flintoff now would send out the wrong signal

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Taking The Lord’s name in vain

Apr 16, 2008: As things stand, the best, purest, most destructive striker of a cricket ball this country has produced since Ian Botham will never be permitted a proper run on a stage worthy of his talents.

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Greg Chappell

Trough luck

Apr 12, 2008: An unflinching portrait of a career slump, from the days before burnout became a hot button

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The new Murali?

Apr 10, 2008: To steal shamelessly from Jon Landau, the man entrusted with selling a scraggy wannabe Bob Dylan by the name of Bruce Springsteen to the planet in 1975, I have just seen the future of spin bowling – and his name is Ajantha Mendis.

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The greatest insignificant innings

Apr 1, 2008: Sehwag’s own improbable accomplishment richly deserves to be remembered for years, even decades, to come, as one of the most memorable and invigorating individual efforts in the annals of any team sport

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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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