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The Misbah phenomenon

Jul 22, 2016: Misbah-ul-Haq has been on an amazing run in Tests over the last six years, and his stats at No. 5 are getting better with every game

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Did Ramdin deserve to be dropped?

Jul 15, 2016: Denesh Ramdin scored two fifties in his last two Test innings, but has otherwise struggled with the bat in the last 30 months

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Lack of overseas experience could hurt Pakistan

Jul 8, 2016: The upcoming series in England will be a major challenge since only two of their batsmen have played more than one Test innings in the country before

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England discover their ODI batting mojo

Jul 1, 2016: Over the last year, England's batsmen have scored faster, made more hundreds, and hit more fours and sixes than batsmen from any other team

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A new, improved Marlon Samuels?

Jun 24, 2016: Samuels has been on an outstanding run in ODIs in the last three years, but his Test numbers aren't that impressive

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Imran Tahir: the ODI wicket-taking force

Jun 17, 2016: A look at the legspinner's limited-overs impact for South Africa, and the lack of huge totals in the West Indies

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Sri Lanka's batting conundrum

Jun 10, 2016: Their batting is in a rebuilding phase, and while Dinesh Chandimal has slotted in well, the others haven't quite found their groove yet

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Prolific Anderson on the move

Jun 3, 2016: James Anderson has been gorging on Sri Lankan wickets this summer, but over the last six years he has significantly improved his overseas record as well

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The fizz in Mustafizur

Apr 29, 2016: In a little over 12 months, he has firmly established himself as a top-notch bowler, and the captain's go-to man in the toughest situations

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The chasing formula in IPL 2016

Apr 22, 2016: Teams batting second have had it all their way so far in IPL 2016, and openers have racked up some incredible numbers in chases

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Why Andre Russell rocks the 20-over format

Apr 15, 2016: Andre Russell is one of only two allrounders - Dwayne Bravo is the other - to score 2000-plus runs and take 100-plus wickets in T20s since 2013

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The Kohli and Root show

Apr 8, 2016: The 2016 World T20 saw some fine batting, but Kohli and Root stood out not just for the runs they scored, but the manner in which they got them

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Dots, boundaries, and a WT20 for spinners

Apr 1, 2016: A look at the two finalists and their run-gathering methods, and the huge role that spinners have played in the tournament so far

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A limited-overs champion

Mar 25, 2016: Shane Watson's Test career was underwhelming, but with his brute batting force and his canny bowling, he was an absolute asset in the limited-overs formats

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The Chris Gayle phenomenon

Mar 18, 2016: There are other big hitters in 20-over cricket, but Gayle's stats are far ahead of anyone else's in this format

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The AB de Villiers T20I mystery

Mar 11, 2016: Despite his outstanding ball-striking skills, de Villiers' numbers in this format are decidedly ordinary

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All-round India clear favourites for World T20

Mar 4, 2016: The hosts' superb recent form in T20Is has been due to consistency and the presence of several match-winners with both bat and ball

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Why the middle overs are key in T20Is

Feb 26, 2016: The middle overs in T20s usually don't get much attention, but how well teams perform with bat and ball in those overs often has a huge bearing on the result

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Adaptable, inspirational, inconsistent

Feb 19, 2016: Brendon McCullum made 1000-plus Test runs from three batting positions, but 21% of his Test aggregate came from just six innings

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Dissecting Suresh Raina's ODI stats

Feb 12, 2016: His stats by point of entry show that he struggles when he comes in before the 20th over, but he has been hugely successful in the middle overs

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