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The Friday Column

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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A batting giant called Pietersen

Jun 1, 2007: Kevin Pietersen is on a roll. In 25 Tests he has scored a staggering 2448 runs, next only to the Don

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A tale of the tail, and Pakistan dominate Sri Lanka again

May 25, 2007: Which are the teams that manage the maximum contribution from their last four batsmen, and which sides suffer at the hands of the opposition tailenders? The Numbers Game investigates

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West Indies' woeful slide in Test cricket

May 18, 2007: West Indies have lost three times the number of Tests they have won in the last decade, which means the difference in the overall win-loss record is only 11

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Does the 30-over rule hold in one-day cricket?

May 11, 2007: How true is the theory that, with wickets in hand, teams often double their 30-over score in ODIs? The Numbers Game investigates

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The best opening acts in ODIs, and Gilchrist in finals

May 4, 2007: Matthew Hayden and Adam Gilchrist have all the numbers to suggest they're one of the best opening pairs ever in ODIs

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One-way traffic, and Tait and Hogg turn it on

Apr 27, 2007: Despite so many well-matched teams, the World Cup has witnessed far too many one-sided contests

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Hayden's power play

Apr 20, 2007: While most of the other teams are struggling to score runs in the early overs, Australia are doing just fine, thanks to Matthew Hayden and Adam Gilchrist

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Vaughan's ODI travails, and peerless Vettori

Apr 13, 2007: With an average in the mid-20s and a strike rate of 66, Michael Vaughan clearly doesn't cut it as a one-day batsman

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Cook's pickle

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TCM July issue

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    Anderson, Broad, and their Aussie battles

Numbers Game: With the red Dukes ball, Stuart Broad has a much better record than James Anderson against Australia

    Dhoni and Kohli: a clash of ideologies?

Sidharth Monga: The philosophies of India's two captains could not be more different. That makes for a tricky situation, which the administrators must handle well

The anomaly that is Yasir Shah

Hassan Cheema: His success does not reflect the bigger picture of legspin in Pakistan, but the team will be hoping he remains the exception for a long time

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A squad without pace, keepers, or future planning

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Highest totals without a century, and dream ODI debuts

Also: the most team changes made by a country in successive one-day internationals, and highest individual Test scores in the second innings

Johnson back to intimidate with word and deed

At the age of 33, Johnson does not expect to be back for another Ashes campaign and, since being forced to miss last year's World Twenty20 with a toe injury, he has played every game as if it is his last

'If you play your game, you are fearless' - Vijay

M Vijay opens up about surfing, his unimpressive record in ODIs and the chance to improve on that, and about learning to express himself more freely

The kid who was competition to Bradman

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