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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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Bangladesh slide, Steyn and Yousuf soar

Apr 18, 2008: Bangladesh's superb performance in the 2007 World Cup suggested they were at last learning to play with the big boys, but over the last year they've slipped into mediocrity again

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Why India have been missing a Srinath at home

Apr 11, 2008: India have won only seven of their last 22 home Tests, and while their spinners have been less effective recently, that is hardly the complete explanation

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How important is Shoaib Akhtar for Pakistan?

Apr 4, 2008: Numbers can't completely explain what Shoaib has brought to the table for Pakistan, but they can help reveal the basis for some of the arguments that have been used to support or rubbish him

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Gayle and his struggle against Vaas

Mar 28, 2008: For a batsman of his ability, the manner in which Gayle has been dominated by Vaas is amazing - seven dismissals for ten runs in all

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Home truths for Sri Lanka and Jacob Oram

Mar 21, 2008: Sri Lanka's batsmen have consistently turned it on when playing at home, but most of them have struggled for runs overseas. The same can be said of Jacob Oram the bowler

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England's overseas woes

Mar 14, 2008: Since the Ashes triumph in 2005 England have done dismally overseas, with both their batsmen and their bowlers underperforming significantly

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New Zealand's best batsman, and the world's best allrounder

Mar 7, 2008: Over the last decade Daniel Vettori has offered New Zealand much more than just accurate and incisive left-arm spin

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Tendulkar and the run-chase quandary

Feb 29, 2008: Sachin Tendulkar has been outstanding when batting first in ODIs, but has been outshined by many of his team-mates in run-chases

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