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The decade of the batsmen

Sep 4, 2009: With several top bowlers retiring, the 2000s has truly been the decade in which batsmen have made merry

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Samaraweera sizzles in his second innings

Aug 28, 2009: Since his return to the team, Thilan Samaraweera has added a whole new dimension to his game

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Dilshan goes the Sehwag way

Aug 21, 2009: Tillakaratne Dilshan has always preferred aggression over defence - markedly so over the last few years

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How good is England's middle order?

Aug 14, 2009: Stats indicate it compares quite poorly with those of the other top teams over the last decade

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From pup to top dog

Aug 7, 2009: A century in his 50th Test has only confirmed that Michael Clarke has risen more than a few notches over the last three years

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Bangladesh's best

Jul 31, 2009: Shakib Al Hasan has been a terrific find with bat and ball in Tests and ODIs

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Happy at last

Jul 24, 2009: Batting in the fourth innings of a match is no longer the nightmare it once used to be

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First-Test stars and flops

Jul 17, 2009: Batsmen who have stamped their authority on the first Test of a series, and others who have struggled

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Is top-order batting so difficult in England?

Jul 10, 2009: Traditional wisdom suggests facing the new ball is the most difficult proposition in England, but numbers from the last two decades indicate otherwise

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Why Younis Khan shouldn't have retired from Twenty20 cricket

Jun 26, 2009: Pakistan's captain may have announced his retirement from Twenty20 cricket, but stats suggest he is the perfect batsman for the format

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New Zealand's bogey opposition

Jun 19, 2009: Ask any New Zealand cricketer which team he least prefers to play, and the answer will probably be Pakistan

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Australia's bowling debacle, and left-arm seamers on the rise

Jun 12, 2009: The Australian attack was one of the most profligate in terms of conceding boundaries in the first stage of the World Twenty20

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Batting tactics in the Powerplays and the slog overs

Jun 5, 2009: Go all out from the beginning or keep wickets in hand and launch an assault at the end? Stats indicate different teams adopt different measures

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A lowdown on Twenty20 internationals

May 29, 2009: In a frenetic format, the only languid aspect has been the rate at which Twenty20s have been played at international level

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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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