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Australia's staggering home record

Nov 2, 2007: Australia have been utterly dominant in home Tests in this decade, and the key difference has been their top-order batting

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Allrounder Afridi's stunning run

Oct 25, 2007: Shahid Afridi has always been known for his occasional bursts of explosiveness, but in 2007 he has been far more immense, with both bat and ball

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Viv Richards in disguise, and the free-hit effect

Oct 19, 2007: Andrew Symonds has been in the news for all kinds of reasons over the last three weeks, but his most emphatic statement has been out in the middle, with bat in hand

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Kaneria's second-innings drought

Oct 12, 2007: Danish Kaneria has been reasonably effective in the first innings, but his stats in the second have been particularly disappointing of late

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Hope for left-arm spin, and Kallis' riposte

Oct 5, 2007: Left-arm spinners have had a bounty in the Karachi Test. Can this spark off a revival for the art?

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The new spin on Twenty20 cricket

Sep 28, 2007: Are spinners a bad option in Twenty20 cricket?

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The cream of the Twenty20 crop

Sep 14, 2007: The Numbers Game looks at some of the trends of Twenty20 cricket, and the batsmen and bowlers who have flourished in this format

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How important is the No. 7 batsman?

Sep 7, 2007: The sixth ODI between England and India at The Oval underscored the value of the No. 7 batsman. The Numbers Game looks at the best in the trade

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England's problems against spin bowling

Aug 31, 2007: Playing reasonably good spin bowlers against England is always an advantage. The Numbers Game explains why

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Bell blossoms, and India's no-ball worries

Aug 24, 2007: Ian Bell's outstanding innings at Southampton against India suggests England might have found a stable No. 3batsman in ODIs

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Left-armers on the rise, and England's best batting pair

Aug 17, 2007: The increasing success of left-arm pace bowlers, and England's best batting partnership

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Can Zaheer and Co inspire more wins overseas?

Aug 10, 2007: India's lack of fast-bowling prowess has been the most glaring reason for their lack of success abroad. Recent results suggest they might be close to finding a solution

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The Trescothick factor, and Kumble's profligacy

Aug 3, 2007: Why England are missing Marcus Trescothick, and Kumble's off day at Trent Bridge

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Gavaskar vs Tendulkar - the fourth-innings story

Jul 27, 2007: Sachin Tendulkar's stats in the fourth innings of a Test belies the fact that he is among the leading batsmen to have played the game

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India's first-Test blues

Jul 20, 2007: India's problem when playing overseas has often been the opening Test, especially when playing in conditions which they aren't familiar with

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Murali and the Bangladesh factor

Jul 13, 2007: Muttiah Muralitharan got another bagful against Bangladesh, but over the last seven years he's had success against all teams

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Bangladesh botch up their Test act again

Jun 29, 2007: Bangladesh have developed into a competitive ODI unit - especially in favourable conditions - but in Tests they continue to flounder

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Chanderpaul takes centrestage

Jun 22, 2007: Shivnarine Chanderpaul has taken over the mantle from Brian Lara as West Indies' mainstay in the batting line-up

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Monty magic

Jun 15, 2007: Monty Panesar's ten-wicket haul at Old Trafford brought his Test average down to less than 30 for the first time

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Dravid's record, and Asif's slog-over blues

Jun 8, 2007: Rahul Dravid has put together 66 century stands in Tests, a record

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