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Former England, Kent and Middlesex batsman; writer for the New Statesman
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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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Why sport needs to be playful

Feb 2, 2015: The only way to win, in the deepest sense, is to enjoy playing

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Test cricket is on the brink of exhaustion

Jan 12, 2015: The rise of New Zealand is heartening, but the preponderance of whitewashes in the five-day game tells of cramped itineraries that demean rivalry

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It's not the plan, stupid

Dec 22, 2014: Good performances make all plans look good. The better team on the day always wins, irrespective of what was strategised in the dressing room

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Why poor leadership is about followers too

Dec 9, 2014: Players blame coaches for poor leadership, but often it's just a case of them being poor followers, or there being better players available for selection

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You can't bully cricketers into performing better

Nov 10, 2014: Lessons from a book that delivers insights on coaching and captaincy without once mentioning either

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Why the perfect technique is the one that disappears

Oct 27, 2014: The various acts that are involved in playing cricket well happen best intuitively, when we aren't consciously perfection in them

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A genius of self-belief and desire

Oct 8, 2014: Players achieve greatness in different ways. With KP, embryonic greatness poured out like incense

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What baseball can teach cricket about expansion

Sep 24, 2014: Cricket should look to not only shore up struggling and emerging cricketing nations but also to export the game with entrepreneurial vigour

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Does pure talent matter more in ODIs than in Tests?

Sep 8, 2014: It's one way to explain India's turnaround in the 50-over games in England

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What if Pietersen had played for England this summer?

Aug 25, 2014: Would he have fared better than the incumbent middle-order batsmen, Root and Ballance?

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How we misunderstand risk in sport

Jul 28, 2014: Aggression, defence, success, failure, innovation - they are all about our willingness to take risks and how we judge them

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How do you view sporting success?

Jul 14, 2014: Do you gauge it by rewards or in terms of the experiences accumulated on the way?

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It's time to stop treating umpires with contempt

Jun 30, 2014: Since players know they can get away with murder, umpires are often reduced to being a chorus

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The incredibly malleable spirit of cricket

Jun 17, 2014: It's possible for two people to argue for hours about someone "crossing the line" without anyone knowing what or where the line is

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Is cricket ripe for a tactical overhaul?

Jun 2, 2014: Like football, can it be reinvented by master tacticians, or is it too individual to be shaped?

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How much talent does the difficult player need?

May 20, 2014: Exceptionally gifted but unreliable players are often given lots of rope by management, but far too many seem to believe themselves to be deserving of that leeway

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Can a player's life explain his career?

Apr 28, 2014: Looking to autobiography for insights on how sportsmen play obscures the truth more often than it illuminates it

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India: cricket's Brazil

Apr 14, 2014: It's difficult to beat a huge talent base exposed to good facilities, and possessed of a long history of competing as a nation

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    Brendon McCullum, honorary Aussie

Ashley Mallett: The New Zealand captain's attitude and approach have rubbed off on his team-mates, and they are now firm favourites for the title

    The tale of the have-nots

The Associates are the flavour of the season, and a new book, Second XI, tells the story of their passion for the game all over the world

    Man walks into a bar, watches Afghanistan

Christian Ryan: Why it's natural that cricket's obsessives should relish their play in this World Cup

    Three issues the ICC needs to address

Mark Nicholas: Cricket's governing body needs to resolve some problems pronto to make for a better World Cup for all

'NZ crowds are getting behind every single ball'

The Beige Brigade gasp at the home support, discuss the Eden Park collapse and technically ugly players

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Pakistan's bad cover version of 1992

The events in Brisbane may not matter much in the big picture of this World Cup, but to Misbah-ul-Haq and his men, it may yet be the spring board to repeat what happened 23 years ago

An all-inclusive blueprint for the 2019 World Cup

A 40-over tournament with 18 teams, played over ten weeks, with a best-of-three final will help identify a true champion team with luck playing little part

Indian batting in need of the knockout punch

Following their dominant start to the World Cup, India have three relatively low-pressure games to fine-tune ahead of the knockouts, and they will want to get their death-overs batting right

Gayle - nine years, 19 innings, 0 hundreds

West Indies' inconsistency with both bat and ball lends India the edge ahead of the teams' clash in Perth on Friday

Sri Lanka's slow Asian death technique thwarted

Their bowlers have had immense success by slowly strangling oppositions at home, but pitches in the World Cup are not conducive for that tactic

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