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Older, fitter, stronger, better

Nov 15, 2013: Shivnarine Chanderpaul is 39, but over the last few years he has racked up some unbelievable numbers

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Have the new rules made ODIs an unequal contest?

Nov 8, 2013: The India-Australia ODI series was a relentless run-fest, but the overall run rates haven't changed much since the new rules came along

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Overseas masters

Nov 1, 2013: In the last six years South Africa have a 16-5 win-loss record in away Tests; no other team comes close during this period

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Australia's latest ODI batting star

Oct 25, 2013: George Bailey has played only 31 ODI innings, but during this period he has racked up astonishing numbers

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Chasing glory

Oct 18, 2013: Virat Kohli is already third in terms of most centuries when batting second in ODIs, but his rate of scoring them is unmatched in the format's history

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Williamson's drive to convert potential to performance

Oct 11, 2013: The break-up of his numbers indicates a preference for subcontinent conditions over those which support pace, seam and swing

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Rohit Sharma's work-in-progress ODI career

Oct 4, 2013: While the runs have come in 2013, his strike rate remains among the lowest of all current batsmen, which is surprising for a player of his ball-striking abilities

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The overseas problems for Hafeez and other subcontinent openers

Sep 27, 2013: Many openers from the subcontinent have struggled overseas, but Mohammad Hafeez's stats are among the poorest

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Younis Khan's 7000-run journey

Sep 13, 2013: He is only the fourth Pakistan batsman to reach that landmark, and all his numbers suggest that he belongs with Pakistan's best

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The Morgan-Bopara impetus to England's line-up

Sep 6, 2013: The presence of these two batsmen has made England's lower middle order more explosive, and given the team a more formidable look in ODIs

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Ashes heroes in series defeats

Aug 30, 2013: Only six bowlers have done better than Ryan Harris' 24 wickets at 19.58 in a losing Ashes campaign

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Winning despite a misfiring top order

Aug 23, 2013: England's top three wickets have averaged 23.75 per partnership in Ashes 2013, which is their lowest in a series win in over 100 years

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Much closer than 3-0

Aug 16, 2013: Despite the series scoreline, England's batting average is only 3.66 more than Australia's, which is the lowest since 1970 in a series with a margin of three of more Tests

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Australia's pace attack their one saving grace

Aug 9, 2013: England have dominated most aspects of the Ashes so far, but the one area where Australia have trumped them is fast bowling

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South Africa's Sri Lanka-phobia

Aug 2, 2013: Since 2000, South Africa have a 1-12 win-loss record versus Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka; no team other than Bangladesh have done as badly

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Misbah's golden run in ODIs

Jul 26, 2013: Since the beginning of 2011, Misbah-ul-Haq has scored 20 fifties in 62 innings, and has been a pillar of strength in an otherwise shaky batting line-up

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Clarke's problems at No. 4

Jul 19, 2013: Australia's captain averages almost 64 in Tests when batting at No. 5, but at four his average drops to a third of that figure

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The leader of the pack

Jul 12, 2013: Peter Siddle has taken over as Australia's premier fast bowler in the last 20 months, taking plenty of wickets and often dismissing the key opposition batsmen

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The difference between England's and Australia's top orders

Jul 5, 2013: Going into the Ashes, England's top four has a solid look to it. Australia's, on the other hand, has plenty to prove

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Ashwin's ODI report card

Jun 28, 2013: Ashwin's strength has been his ability to bowl at any stage of the innings, but he could do with a few more wickets in the middle overs

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