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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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The Gayle-Ganga opening act, and England's profligacy

Jun 23, 2006: Why Chris Gayle and Daren Ganga deserve more time as an opening combination

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Second innings blues for the bowlers

Jun 16, 2006: Over the years the Indian bowling attack has been found wanting, especially when there's an opportunity to finish off a team in the second innings

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Indian spin twins in tandem, and Murali magic in England

Jun 9, 2006: Did the Indian think-tank make a huge mistake by not including Harbhajan Singh in the team for the first Test against West Indies in Antigua

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The best spearheads, and first-innings blues

Jun 2, 2006: A look at the bowlers who have taken a high percentage of team wickets as a proportion of the balls bowled

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The next Lara?

May 26, 2006: Ramnaresh Sarwan has outstanding ODI stats, but his Test numbers need some work

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India's amazing middle order

May 19, 2006: The key to India's wins in run-chases has been the manner in which their middle order has reacted to the pressures of getting to a target

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Too much cricket, or too much talk?

May 12, 2006: For all the talk about an overkill of cricket in the last few years, it's interesting to note that 2005 wasn't by any means the busiest in the calendar over the last ten years

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The myth of the improved tailender

May 5, 2006: Is the average lower-order batsman today better than his corresponding number from yesteryear?

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The most consistent and prolific batsman of all

Apr 28, 2006: Averages are a good measure of a batsman's calibre, but here's method which attempts to combine big scoring with consistency

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The difference between Tendulkar and Dippenaar

Apr 21, 2006: How averages are not so much a matter of getting starts but converting them, and the batsmen who thrive on not-outs

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Batting at the crunch, and outdoing the best legspinner

Apr 14, 2006: Which are the teams that are most affected by the pressures of batting in the second innings, and for which sides does it not matter much

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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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