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The slog-over specialists in the IPL

May 22, 2009: IPL 2009 has placed greater demands on batsmen, but in the last six overs they have scored at a fair clip, with several teams going at around nine runs per over

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How West Indies lose the plot overseas

May 15, 2009: Why the capitulation at Lord's conforms to pattern that has been established over the last few years

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England's No. 3 problem, and IPL's 11th-over syndrome

May 8, 2009: One-down has been a source of worry for England for a while now

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Top priority for the middle overs

May 1, 2009: The major difference between this IPL and its previous edition has been the way teams have handled the middle overs

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Australia's ODI slump, and IPL's new spin

Apr 24, 2009: Australia may have regained their pre-eminence as a Test team, but in the one-day format the year 2009 has been an unmitigated disaster

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South Africa's home run, and Gambhir's resurgence

Apr 17, 2009: The toughest country to beat in their own backyard, and the Indian who's had an amazing 10 months

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The new, lethal Zaheer Khan

Apr 10, 2009: How India's spearhead has, over the last three seasons, transformed into a far more potent bowler than he used to be

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The best venues for fast bowlers and spinners

Apr 3, 2009: Over the last seven-odd years, conditions at most venues have become overly favourable for batsmen, but some grounds still retain their venom and spice

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England's mid-overs slump, NZ's mid-order heroics

Mar 27, 2009: England's ODI travails have largely been due to their sluggish batting in the middle overs, while the fourth-wicket stand has been the most prolific for New Zealand in Tests this decade

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Vettori - the good stats and the bad stats

Mar 20, 2009: New Zealand's captain has made priceless contributions with the bat over the last six years, but his bowling against the top teams has been anything but incisive

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No country for bowlers

Mar 13, 2009: Not only in this series, but in the last few years, bowlers have been increasingly marginalised in ODIs in New Zealand

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The No. 6 makes his mark, and Ramdin's redemption

Mar 6, 2009: How batsmen occupying one of the more difficult slots in a Test line-up have shone over the last few months

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The nightmare of opening in South Africa

Feb 27, 2009: Batting has been most difficult in South Africa over the last four years, and the job has been especially tough for those at the top of the order

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Leading by example with the bat

Feb 20, 2009: Are the batting captains of today more prolific than their counterparts from earlier eras?

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Dissecting England's batting woes

Feb 13, 2009: What the stats have to say about the Test form of Bell, Cook, Collingwood and Co over the last 18 months

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From electrifying to soporific

Feb 6, 2009: How West Indies has become the country where runs have been scored slowest over the last decade

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The importance of spin in middle overs of ODIs

Jan 30, 2009: How South Africa have controlled overs 16 to 40 in their series against Australia

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Sri Lanka's bogey team, and boundaryless Jayawardene

Jan 23, 2009: Sri Lanka have done reasonably well against most teams, but Pakistan have brought out the worst in them

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Chanderpaul, Gayle, and little else

Jan 16, 2009: West Indies have struggled though two of their batsmen have been the best in the world over the last 18 months

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New-look Amla breaks South Africa's No. 3 jinx

Jan 9, 2009: Hashim Amla made a slow start to his Test career, but over the last year he has grown immensely in stature

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