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Former England, Kent and Middlesex batsman; writer for the New Statesman
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The figure a shot makes

Jan 11, 2016: It's about trusting yourself rather than premeditating events, achieving simplicity in a complex environment, and finding clarity in the midst of a contest

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Has sport ever had it so good?

Dec 29, 2015: The doomsayers may believe different, but sport is a more prominent part of our culture than ever, and fears of its decline are vastly exaggerated

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Sport is more about philosophy than we might think

Dec 15, 2015: The greatest competitive advantage, in cricket and other games, is the ability to use existing information better than the opposition - i.e. critical thinking

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Why blame culture is toxic for sport

Dec 1, 2015: Is ranting at players during team talks like bloodletting in the age of quack doctors?

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The man with no minus

Nov 13, 2015: In most sportsmen, extraordinary ability and strengths are inevitably accompanied by some inadequacy, big or small. Not so with AB de Villiers

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The pink ball isn't a risk, resisting change is

Nov 2, 2015: Test cricket will be under threat if there is resistance to experiments such as day-night matches

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How good would cricket be if we made the easy fixes?

Oct 19, 2015: The bad-light farce in Abu Dhabi should be a wake-up call to the ICC to be more proactive in enforcing rules that benefit the game at large

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The making of a sporting icon lies in the timing

Oct 5, 2015: The legend of great sportsmen like WG Grace, Babe Ruth and Sachin Tendulkar is partly to do with the eras they lived in

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Can sportsmen be called geniuses?

Sep 21, 2015: Mastery, playfulness, naturalness, style, wonder, mystery - all these concepts are relevant to the idea of genius. But is the term relevant to sport at all?

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In praise of the old dog

Aug 25, 2015: Sometimes it just makes sense to pick an in-form player in his 30s than a younger alternative

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Captaincy: why authenticity matters

Aug 10, 2015: In the hare-and-tortoise comparison of Clarke and Cook, we must not lose sight of the fact that one man's methods are not necessarily better than the other's

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Selection: the most underrated force in a team's fortunes

Jul 28, 2015: Once the players are out on the pitch, they are on their own - which makes it important to get the right ones out there in the first place

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England and the importance of optimism and innocence

Jul 13, 2015: Momentum isn't only about winning sessions in a row. It is a direct result of the kind of players you pick

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Cook's clarity breeds resilience

May 25, 2015: With his immaculate concentration at Lord's on Sunday, England's captain revealed his mental toughness. Whatever the sphere, the latter flows from the former

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Natural leaders are made in retrospect

May 11, 2015: There is no template for the perfect captain. Some of the game's greatest were not identified as such straightaway

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Follow in the bare footsteps of the Kalenjin

Apr 20, 2015: Champion runners from the Kenyan tribe show how the interventions of modern sports science can be counterproductive if relied upon too soon. Cricketers, are you listening?

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What did we learn from this World Cup?

Mar 29, 2015: That there is a place for proper batsmanship in ODIs, that New Zealand punch above their weight, and that taking wickets wins you matches

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Data is not the enemy

Mar 16, 2015: Taking the stats at your disposal into account does not mean your players cannot play a fearless and instinctive brand of cricket

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The World Cup needs the Associates

Mar 3, 2015: Our sport can never hope to compete with football unless it takes an expansionist view

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How much can a captain influence short-term performance?

Feb 16, 2015: Modern captains have less power than ever, yet they are still held overwhelmingly accountable for decisions and tactics arrived at by backroom consensus

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An absence of hype in Dubai has marked the lead-up to the inaugural Pakistan Super League but there is little doubt over its importance in Pakistan's cricket set-up

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A quick look at all the uncapped India players who fetched the top bids at the IPL 2016 auction

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There are some big names going under the hammer on Saturday. Who will get the largest paycheck? Vote now

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