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The Friday column

Gayle's glorious run in ODIs

Nov 10, 2006: After a relatively slow start to his ODI career, Chris Gayle has blossomed into a terrific asset for West Indies at the top of the order

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The best opening pair in ODIs

Nov 3, 2006: Chris Gayle and Shivnarine Chanderpaul's amazing run as an opening pair, and Australia's success rate when Andrew Symonds makes runs

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Team India's reliance on Dravid ... and Tendulkar

Oct 27, 2006: India's slump in ODI form over the last six months has had many experts touting various explanations, but perhaps the biggest one has been Rahul Dravid's run-drought

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Gilchrist's ODI exploits, and one-sided one-dayers

Oct 20, 2006: Adam Gilchrist's Test numbers have taken a severe beating since the Ashes last year - he only averages 26.88 in his last 17 Tests - but as a one-day batsman he remains a significant force

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The Shane Bond factor

Oct 13, 2006: New Zealand wouldn't top anyone's list of favourites for the Champions Trophy, but they have one bowling weapon that all opposition line-ups will be wary of

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The opening conundrum, and spinners in India

Oct 6, 2006: How important is the opening partnership to the result of ODIs? The Numbers Game explores this, and looks at how spinners have performed recently in ODIs in India

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Why Australia is the best in ODI finals, and India the worst

Sep 29, 2006: The List had earlier this week looked at players who come to the party in knockout matches; The Numbers Game analyses how teams as a whole handle the pressure in tournament finals

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How good is Kallis the ODI allrounder?

Sep 22, 2006: Jacques Kallis became the first cricket to get the ODI double of 8000 runs and 200 wickets. How do his stats compare with the other great allrounders in ODIs

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Unpredictable Chanderpaul, and England's uphill battle

Sep 15, 2006: Shivnarine Chanderpaul is usually regarded as a dour batsman, but he can be quite destructive when in the mood. The Numbers Game looks at his peculiar approach at the crease. Plus, a brief analysis of how England have fared since the Ashes

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England's dismal ODI stats, and Younis steps up

Sep 8, 2006: In their last 20 one-day matches, England have lost 15 and won four. The Numbers Game looks at the areas where England have been outplayed by the opposition

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Searching for the next great fast bowler

Sep 1, 2006: A couple of weeks back, The Numbers Game had focussed on the plight of finger spinners, and how their effectiveness has gradually dwindled over the decades. Let's now run the rule over the fast bowlers

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Trescothick's misery, and the Pakistani who relished pace

Aug 25, 2006: Over the last couple of decades, the wrist-spinner has been a far more potent force than the finger-spinner. A look at how the numbers stack up for the two

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Is the finger-spinner a dying breed?

Aug 18, 2006: Over the last couple of decades, the wrist-spinner has been a far more potent force than the finger-spinner. A look at how the numbers stack up for the two

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Shaun Pollock on the decline

Aug 11, 2006: Shaun Pollock and Chaminda Vaas have both lost considerable pace over the last couple of years, but while Vaas continues to be a force as a bowler, Pollock's numbers have declined alarmingly

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Parsimonious Prosper, and Murali's ten-wicket routine

Aug 4, 2006: Muttiah Muralitharan and Monty Panesar have been hogging the headlines this past week, but there has been another spinner who has been making all the right moves during this period

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The travails of Mohammad Sami

Jul 28, 2006: Five years ago he was touted as Pakistan's next big fast-bowling hope, but since then it's been one steady downward slide for Mohammad Sami

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Playing Russian Roulette with the opening slot

Jul 21, 2006: Pakistan have used as many as 53 different opening combinations in 104 Tests since 1995, that's a healthy ratio of 1.96 matches per pair.

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The difference between Harmison and Akram

Jul 14, 2006: A look at the bowlers and teams who have conceded the highest number of wides and no-balls in one-day internationals

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Lopsided lbws, and England's ODI worries

Jul 7, 2006: In the West Indies-India series, India won 19 lbws while West Indies only got six in their favour. The difference of 13 was among the highest in any Test series

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Has the follow-on gone out of fashion?

Jun 30, 2006: Once upon a time, the follow-on used to be enforced whenever the opportunity arose. Of late, though, it is being used far more sparingly

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