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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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Are England's top three too slow for ODIs?

Jun 21, 2013: Alastair Cook, Ian Bell or Jonathan Trott are not out-and-out aggressive batsmen, but they haven't done too badly in ODIs in the last 18 months

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Batting trips up Pakistan again

Jun 14, 2013: The Champions Trophy debacle was just another example of how frail Pakistan's batting has been over the last few years

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English conditions not so tough for ODI batting

Jun 7, 2013: There's a tendency to believe that conditions in England favour swing and seam bowlers in ODIs, but the stats show otherwise

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Bell's struggle for runs

May 31, 2013: After an outstanding run-spree in 2010 and 2011, Ian Bell has had a lean spell since 2012, which seems to have pushed him into a shell

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The new Harmison? Or is it the new Caddick?

May 24, 2013: Like the other two tall England fast bowlers, Stuart Broad has been destructive when at his best, but in between those spells his bowling average is unusually high

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New Zealand's middle-order problems

May 17, 2013: New Zealand seem to have unearthed a solid opening combination, but they'll want more runs from their middle order, which has been the worst among the top teams since 2007

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IPL's two halves, and its most productive overs

May 10, 2013: Stats confirm that the last overs of IPL 2013 have been more productive than in previous seasons, and batsmen have finally come into their own after a sluggish start

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Is Bangalore the best pitch to bat on?

May 3, 2013: A look at the stats at each venue in IPL 2013: where have the batsmen piled up the runs, and where have quick bowlers thrived the most?

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