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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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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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