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The psychology of bat-making

Oct 8, 2014: It's not the size of the bat that matters, it's the weight. And it's not in your hands, it's in your mind

Jon Hotten

Essay

Glovemen apart

Oct 2014: From eccentrics to game changers and now to leaders, where will - or won't - wicketkeepers go next?

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The work that is county cricket

Sep 30, 2014: Players toil all season, but fans don't really get a sense of the scale of effort involved

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What will cricket be like 50 or 100 years from now?

Sep 10, 2014: It's a daunting thought because it feels like the game has already completed its evolution, leaving little wriggle room

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The parts of cricket that language forgot

Aug 26, 2014: There are feelings and situations in cricket that all of us are familiar with but can't describe succinctly

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The complex art of picking openers

Aug 13, 2014: An opening pair requires good form and a happy blend of personalities to succeed. Perhaps Cook needs a new partner in the Strauss mould

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Does Anderson need a verbal crutch?

Aug 6, 2014: It seems odd that a man who can make the ball talk like he does needs to resort to verbal aggression

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Cook's Brearley lesson

Jul 30, 2014: Mike Brearley managed to remain an outstanding captain despite his consistent failures with the bat. Is there a lesson in there for England's current skipper?

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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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