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When will we see the first truly freelance cricketer?

Jan 28, 2015: Will the likes of Pietersen become guns for hire in the full sense of the term, offering a complete package of services to the highest bidder?

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The importance of cricket punditry

Jan 12, 2015: It may have started out as a bit of televisual fluff but it now is crucial in shaping perceptions of the sport

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It's all in the arm angle

Jan 6, 2015: Baseball teaches us that deliveries that make the batsman rethink premeditated responses will succeed more often than not

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What cricket can take from darts

Dec 25, 2014: It's simple, it's TV-friendly and it has a promoter who can tailor the product for its audience

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All Sehwag's children

Dec 14, 2014: Batsmen like David Warner will lead the game into the next generation. One man heralded the trend

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The joy of the excuse

Dec 2, 2014: They help you forget the fact that you're not a very good player

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England's problem with attacking batsmanship

Nov 26, 2014: It has taken the country ages to get over its obsession with defensive batting and appreciate that the ball is there to be smashed

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England need to wake up to ODI reality

Nov 18, 2014: If England are to keep abreast of more explosive sides like India, they need a radical change in approach, as Eoin Morgan recently stated

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Why are England forever in transition?

Nov 6, 2014: Let's just admit it, the word is now just a euphemism, used to explain the standing of a team that was never very good at ODI cricket

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Cricket's humanity resists specialisation

Oct 30, 2014: While major sports across the world are driving their competitors towards homogenous physical ideals, cricket seems to celebrate diversity

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Cricket: complex, unknowable cricket

Oct 21, 2014: We, as players and spectators, are finite, but cricket, utterly brilliant in its design, is not

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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

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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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