Technique

Before you can hit it, you have to think it

The scoop, the sweep and all of the other shots that are now becoming standard in cricket began as acts of imagination, driven by necessity

Why didn't everyone copy Bradman?

Today unorthodox, self-taught techniques are celebrated and emulated, but the greatest batsman of all had few followers

The kinaesthetic beauty of timing

When batsmen transfer their body weight and movement precisely into the point of contact between bat and ball, the results can be glorious

The plight of the English spin bowler

As England wait on the fitness of Zafar Ansari ahead of the tour of the UAE, the Middlesex spinner, Ollie Rayner, explains why alternatives are thin on the ground

What will Ian Bell's legacy be?

He always made the difficult look easy and rarely got the recognition his batting deserved. The difficulty of replacing him may determine his worth

The helmet effect

Has protective gear resulted in inferior techniques when facing short-pitched bowling, resulting in more batsmen getting hit these days?