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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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Of Boycott, KP, and the ECB's alienation

Feb 7, 2014: The two are unalike as batsmen, but they share a tendency to speak plainly, have complex, sensitive personalities, and have found themselves made scapegoats at times

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Just how bad was England's ODI series loss?

Jan 29, 2014: England abroad are almost always outgunned. This defeat was more or less inevitable, and that makes it hard to take

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What being thrashed does

Jan 21, 2014: It can be a lightning-rod moment, a realisation that the world is a lot bigger and badder than you might have realised

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Stokes is the future, the rest is dark

Jan 8, 2014: There has been no shortage of punditry and vitriol directed at Andy Flower and Co in the wake of the Ashes loss. They have their work cut out for them

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DRS in the parallel universe

Jan 1, 2014: Whether it's used in a series or not, the review system has had an irrevocable effect on Test cricket

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In praise of voices of experience

Dec 25, 2013: Men like Geoffrey Boycott and Ted Dexter, who are still keen to be part of the cricket debate, part of the life of the game, are always worth listening to

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Why England need Eoin Morgan

Dec 21, 2013: Like Australia's Steven Smith, Morgan is unorthodox and audacious, and doesn't conform to England's straight-like thinking

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Close, Chappell and acts of courage

Dec 11, 2013: Some small deeds in the game's vast history endure, when others that dwarf them by numbers fade from view

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The importance of Bres

Dec 4, 2013: Workmanlike players like him can be pillars for teams, not to mention foils to a side's superstars

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The quickest spell I ever faced

Nov 26, 2013: When up against really fast bowling, the unconscious functions required to see the ball and judge it are overwhelmed by the sheer speed of what is happening

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KP: great player or player of great innings?

Nov 21, 2013: Pietersen has contributed to defining an extraordinary era in cricket. But the jury's still out on where he stands

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What football rights have to do with the future of cricket

Nov 12, 2013: BT has paid a stratospheric amount for the rights to the Champions League. Cricket will probably feel the knock-on effects in time

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Monty, Ayn Rand and cricket

Nov 5, 2013: A certain rubbishy pop-philosophy "classic" may be more about cricket than you think

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