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The Friday column

The new and improved Ntini

Apr 7, 2006: Makhaya Ntini has shown over the last 15 months that he can crank it up against the best batsmen in the world, while Pakistan's ability to come back from the dead was confirmed at Kandy

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Langer's landmark, and Ponting the pulveriser

Mar 31, 2006: As a crowd-puller, Justin Langer doesn't rank among the top names in a star-studded line-up, but his contribution to the juggernaut called the Australian cricket team has been immense

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Maestros on the decline, and Pakistan's double-whammy

Mar 24, 2006: Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara and Adam Gilchrist have all been struggling for runs for a while now. Is this their worst slump in international cricket?

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More than a wall

Mar 17, 2006: Rahul Dravid has risen from a good batsman to one of the world's best. His journey in numbers

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India's battle against left-hand batsmen

Mar 10, 2006: Do Indian bowlers struggle more than most against letf-handers, or are they generally toothless against most batsmen?

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Ashraful's battle to make his mark

Mar 3, 2006: Mohammad Ashraful has the talent, but consistency is one virtue he has struggled to achieve so far

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Trial by spin awaits England

Feb 24, 2006: Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh will be licking the chops in anticipation of bowling to England's batsmen

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Shoaib Malik's resurgence, and hot chasing streaks

Feb 17, 2006: Shoaib Malik's batting has been quite exceptional since Bob Woolmer took over as coach, while India are closing in on the record for most number of successive wins when batting second&

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Why the Supersub isn't a super idea

Feb 10, 2006: The Supersub system hands over too much advantage to the team winning the toss, and must be changed

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Where toss is key, and Tendulkar's drought

Feb 3, 2006: The venues where losing the toss is a blessing, Tendulkar's slump in form and Dippenaar's rising stock

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Prolific partnerships, and one-sided triangulars

Jan 27, 2006: Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf are fast moving up the ladder among Pakistan's top batting pairs, while this season's VB Series is a rare three-way contest

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A lowdown on lbws

Jan 13, 2006: Has the frequency of lbw decisions increased over the years? The Numbers Game find out

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The enigma called Jacques Kallis

Jan 6, 2006: He has played almost 100 Tests, averages nearly 57, has scored runs against allcomers in all conditions, and was recently named the ICC's Player of the Year, but Jacques Kallis has hardly got the kind of acclaim you'd expect a batsman to receive after all

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Gilchrist's slump, and a year for the middle order

Dec 30, 2005: Adam Gilchrist's average slips to below 50, and a look back at what the numbers show in 2005

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Wag the tail, Indian spin and sticky Rudolph

Dec 23, 2005: Which team has relied most heavily on their tailenders to prop them, and Jacques Rudolph's epic against Australia

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Overdose for the officials

Dec 9, 2005: If you thought the players were the only ones suffering from a packed itinerary, take a look at the plight of the elite umpires

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Tendulkar v other top batsmen in run-chases

Dec 2, 2005: How does Sachin Tendulkar compare when India chase challenging totals in ODIs? The Numbers Game investigates

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A giant called Inzamam, and the new Shoaib

Nov 25, 2005: Inzamam-ul-Haq passes Javed Miandad as the highest century-maker for Pakistan, while Shoaib Akhtar is showing just how handy he can be with the willow

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First-Test blues, and chasing small targets

Nov 18, 2005: A rare win in the first Test of a series for Pakistan, and how teams fare when chasing a small fourth-innings target

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The extras factor, and Harbhajan's return

Nov 11, 2005: India's bowling performance at Rajkot was one of their most disciplined in the last five years, while Harbhajan Singh gets his home groove back

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Pakistan should not welcome Amir back

The serene team culture cultivated by Misbah and his men shouldn't be allowed to be disrupted by a player with a tainted past

November games need November prices

An early start to the international season, coupled with costly tickets, have kept the Australian public away from the cricket

The inherent dangers of batting

The sickening blow that struck Phillip Hughes is a reminder of the ever-present dangers associated with facing fast bowlers, even while wearing a helmet

Hope for Hughes, feel for Abbott

It is impossible to imagine how Sean Abbott must feel after sending down that bouncer to Phillip Hughes. While the cricket world hopes for Hughes' recovery, it should also ensure Abbott is supported

Dhawan's bouncer problem

Why the Indian opener would be well advised to shelve the hook and pull in Australia

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    Never mind cricket's absence from free-to-air TV - changes in social attitudes, the demands of work, and an individualistic age are all contributing to a decline in participation

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