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Great at No. 5, slouches elsewhere

Sep 12, 2008: Flintoff's remarkable recent form with the bat in ODIs against South Africa continued an extremely successful period for England's No. 5 batsmen

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Bad times for Dravid and Kallis, and England's new No. 3

Sep 5, 2008: Kallis and Dravid have been the mainstays of their batting orders for a while now, but 2008 has been a particularly bad year for both

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Call correct, call the shots

Aug 29, 2008: At some venues hosting day-night ODIs, just winning the toss might be enough

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Livewire in a graveyard

Aug 22, 2008: Surrounded by the subcontinental deathbeds, Dambulla has been the best ODI venue for bowlers

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India's middle-order blues

Aug 15, 2008: How Murali and Mendis brought about one of the worst batting displays by the Indian middle order in the last 40 years

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Why it pays to open in Sri Lanka

Aug 1, 2008: The strength of Sri Lanka's spin attack has meant opening partnerships have yielded more runs for overseas teams than those in the middle and lower orders

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England's problems with No. 6

Jul 25, 2008: England have struggled with one batting slot for more than 20 years

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Ntini and his first-Test blues

Jul 18, 2008: The difference between Makhaya Ntini's bowling average in first and second Tests of series is more than ten runs per wicket

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The best batting pitches in Tests

Jul 11, 2008: At which venues have batsmen made hay recently?

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The flattest ODI pitch in the world

Jul 4, 2008: One-day cricket isn't much fun for the bowlers at the best of times, but in the Asia Cup theirs has been an especially unenviable job

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Malik's favourite opposition

Jun 27, 2008: Shoaib Malik has thrived on the challenges of captaining Pakistan and playing India

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Australia's pace kings rise to the challenge

Jun 20, 2008: In Brett Lee and Stuart Clark, Australia have just the right men to spearhead their attack

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Splendid Anderson and his Achilles heel

Jun 13, 2008: Over the last 11 months James Anderson has been in excellent form, but he still hasn't solved the puzzle of how to bowl to left-hand batsmen

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West Indies' fourth-innings heroes

Jun 6, 2008: How Chanderpaul and Sarwan have starred for West Indies in the last innings of Tests in recent times

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The IPL's most valuable players

May 30, 2008: With the league stage of the IPL out of the way, we look at the best batsmen and bowlers in the tournament so far

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Why Rajasthan have been such a force

May 23, 2008: Which IPL teams have capitalised the most on Powerplays, and which have been the best finishers

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The best IPL team, and the most effective hitter

May 16, 2008: A look at the teams' batting and bowling performances, and the singles and boundary percentages for batsmen

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The importance of the opening gambit in the IPL

May 9, 2008: The opening partnership is crucial in any form of the game, but in the Twenty20 version teams have little time to recover after an early setback

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Win toss, lose match

May 2, 2008: Much has been written about teams needing to adapt their batting and bowling strategies to the demands of the new format, but the IPL has shown that another area that needs urgent attention is captaincy, and especially the decision-making at the toss

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The marauding match-winner

Apr 25, 2008: McCullum's talent and ball-striking ability have never been in doubt, but it's only over the last 16 months that he has begun to live up to his potential as a batsman

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Pakistani summers

Peter Oborne recalls England-Pakistan series from the past
The Cricket Monthly July issue

    Starting trouble in Sri Lanka

Numbers Game: Since 2012, the average opening stand in Tests in Sri Lanka is 25.82, the lowest among the top countries

Do it like Dean and Kuhn

Luke Alfred: In these times of discontent in South Africa, batsmen like Dean Elgar and Heino Kuhn show that quotas don't necessarily have to cause heartburn

The truth about Younis and Yasir

Or, the Pakistani way of judging talent and contributions. By Hassan Cheema

The hinterland of 40

Jon Hotten: At Lord's we saw three in-between scores of the sort that are as likely to annoy the selectors as excite them

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Loose West Indies succumb to Ashwin's wiles

One after another, the hosts' batsmen attempted questionable flicks and drives in their second innings, disregarding the drift and dip the offspinner was generating

Ashwin emulates Botham with ton and seven-for

Stats highlights from the fourth day's play in Antigua where Ashwin's maiden five-wicket haul outside Asia bowled India to an innings victory

Kohli's banner day in Antigua

Stats highlights from the first day of the Antigua Test, where Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan stole the show from the hosts

Manjrekar: 'Kohli reminds me of Tendulkar'

Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar analyses the various aspects of the first day's play in Antigua

Four double-tons in a day, and a Eddie Redmayne lookalike

Also: the fastest Indian to 50 wickets, and Yasir Shah's unwanted "double-hundred"

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