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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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Sport's greatest evil

Sep 2, 2010: Match-fixing erodes the basis on which sport is founded, because it undermines uncertainty; which is why it is a bigger crime than the use of performance-enhancing drugs

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Selectors, sins and bins

Aug 18, 2010: Cook could return to form if he lets his hair down, while Broad could return to cricket lovers' good books if he keeps his shirt on

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The ultimate MVP

Aug 4, 2010: Murali was so far ahead of the rest, and so vital to his team's cause, it's astounding. The numbers tell the story

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Hurry up with the World Test Championship

Jul 21, 2010: It's going to be hard to squeeze it into the schedule, but cricket needs the context provided by a definitive tournament to crown the top Test team in the world

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The joy of neutrality

Jul 7, 2010: The trick is to find a balance between caring too much about your team and so little as to be unable to appreciate context and plot

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A midsummer's daydream

Jun 23, 2010: What if, decades from now, long-form cricket - with no time limitations - is bigger than football?

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Done in one day

Jun 9, 2010: Fifty years ago a county side was bowled out twice in a day. Compared to that, Bangladesh's Old Trafford loss doesn't seem so bad

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Headingley revisited?

May 26, 2010: Dissent in the ranks and divisive captains? The parallels with a legendary series from three decades ago are inescapable

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Willow patterns

May 12, 2010: The World Twenty20 has had high scores, good bowling, close finishes and impressive individual performances

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The importance of Misbah

Apr 28, 2010: Would Indian cricket be under a cloud if their side hadn't won the first World Twenty20? Maybe not, but it's not as if the IPL has been all bad either

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When the brand's bigger than the player

Apr 14, 2010: Yuvraj Singh's celebrity is disproportionate to his achievements on the field, and his recent sulk brought that truth into focus

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Reconstitutional crisis

Mar 31, 2010: There is merit in converting the County Championship into conferences, like in the NBA; the ECB must consider it along with a compromise with the Champions League over scheduling

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The fine art of Bumbling

Mar 17, 2010: Coverage of the IPL and ICC events has become tedious in the extreme, with banal, cliché-ridden, hyperbolic commentary. More reason why we ought to treasure the likes of David Lloyd

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The perils of promise

Mar 4, 2010: Plenty of players have been doomed over the years by the burden of expectation. Here's hoping Shakib Al Hasan does not become a member of the club

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Aura Australialis

Feb 18, 2010: Reports of Australia's descent into mortality have been greatly exaggerated

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Make the third umpire proactive

Feb 3, 2010: It may disempower the two men on the field but failing to do so could make them unbending, self-protecting not-outers instead

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Why all the doom and gloom?

Jan 20, 2010: England have done surprisingly well over the season just past. It's not the end of the world for them by a long chalk

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What can we expect from the 2010s?

Jan 11, 2010: City-based franchises or a world Test championship? Best- and worst-case scenarios for the new decade

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The joy-givers of the decade

Dec 23, 2009: Sehwag takes the bronze, Ntini the silver. The gold goes to an underdog with a social conscience and magic at his fingertips

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The vincible and the untouchable

Nov 25, 2009: Records that are vulnerable to the passage of time, and those that are safe forever

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