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A strange, brutal magic

Jul 23, 2014: As Ishant Sharma showed at Lord's, short-pitched bowling can open old wounds and create sudden uncertainty

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Ishant lurches from hero to villain

Jul 16, 2014: Disaster may lurk and comedy may come, but Ishant Sharma brings a wholeheartedness to his team that should be valued above stats

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The Victorian-pitch blues

Jul 8, 2014: Occasionally these days, at the lower levels, we're brought face to face with the kind of cricket conditions our ancestors lived with

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Ponting's pull

Jul 1, 2014: The former Australia captain's recent dissection of his meat-and-potatoes shot made for fascinating viewing

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The importance of England v India

Jun 24, 2014: Why the upcoming series has all the makings of a historic turning point

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There's a new columnist in town

Jun 12, 2014: Kevin Pietersen has both reach and voice, and he has a cause to unite around too

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How best can England use Buttler?

Jun 4, 2014: In England, a country yet to embrace the increasingly porous boundaries between formats, Jos Buttler could be the next star

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A crossroads for Joe Root

May 28, 2014: Long hailed for his extraordinary talent, Root is still to quite make good. And England can't afford to give him the time they gave a young Ian Bell to blossom

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England and the IPL: a thaw will come

May 14, 2014: It's clear now that T20 cricket will not exist in isolation from the rest of the game, and the sooner the ECB realises it, the better

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The last of the long run-up

May 7, 2014: The sight of a fast bowler running in from a distance, sometimes starting in a position only vaguely related to the position of the wicket, is a thrilling one. And it's increasingly rare now

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Geoff Boycott

Never another like Geoffrey

May 6, 2014: Boycott represented a peak moment in the evolution of the game - the natural conclusion of a long era

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The player England will miss the most

Apr 30, 2014: In the new era, England will find it hard to fill the huge hole left by Graeme Swann's retirement, on the field and off it

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Moores and the shadow of the past

Apr 24, 2014: His second spell as England coach might be nothing like his first, but memories of it will hover nevertheless

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You can't control talent, only channel it

Apr 15, 2014: Cricket runs the risk of going down the route of over-coaching, like in some other sports - which is not ideal in a game that is as much about art as about science

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Were England complacent?

Apr 2, 2014: Giles and Broad used the word to describe the team's performance in the World T20, but what it really describes is the attitude of their bosses

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Can bowling line-ups collapse?

Mar 26, 2014: It's a phenomenon that the T20 game is uniquely geared to produce, as the Ireland-Netherlands clash showed

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Coached by Goochie

Mar 18, 2014: How many of us can claim to have attended a masterclass with England's most prolific run scorer?

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Can Flower bring art to the science of coaching?

Mar 4, 2014: Great coaches understand the fluidity of technique, the role of imagination, the constant forward momentum of the game

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The psychological dominance of Mitchell Johnson

Feb 19, 2014: The hold he has is not just on batsmen, it is on the collective imagination of everyone watching him bow

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Cricket's constantly unfolding narrative

Feb 13, 2014: It may feel as though the game is at the peak of its evolution but it's only a matter of time before current events seem dated

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