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Former England, Kent and Middlesex batsman; writer for the New Statesman
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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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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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Tino Best talks about banter with Flintoff, wild celebrations, and why his Test-highest 95 is not his No. 1 achievement

    USA's cricket lovers come out to watch

One week in Indianapolis recently proved American cricket fans really do exist, and they want more of the game. By Peter Della Penna

    'Allow two bowlers 15 overs each in ODIs'

Geoffrey Boycott suggests ways to redress the balance between bat and ball, and talks about how the Lord's victory has lifted the spirits of English cricket

Being McCullum

The New Zealand captain has found a way of keeping his instincts free and fearless while offering real gravitas, and that is quite something to behold. By Jon Hotten

Playing alongside Adam Sanford

Eleven Tests and 30 wickets for West Indies, and a stand at Windsor Park named after him. And he now plays club cricket in the USA. By Scott Oliver

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'I made it clear that I was here to win the IPL'

Ricky Ponting talks about Mumbai Indians' amazing turnaround, his relationship with Harbhajan Singh, and being part of perhaps the most star studded coaching line-up in cricket

The IPL 2015 tournament XI

ESPNcricinfo picks its team of the 2015 season, with a limit of only four overseas players in the XI

'There's too much lip service about the sanctity of Test cricket'

Michael Holding on his regrets over West Indies' behaviour in New Zealand in 1980, why Mohammad Amir deserves a second chance, and how crazy workloads are killing cricket

MI thrill with typical bouncebackability

In the second half of the tournament, at every training huddle, players were told treat each match as a final. That resonated with Mumbai's talismans who lifted their games admirably

'I have moved on and I am not afraid' - Ahsan Raza

Pakistan umpire Ahsan Raza suffered severe injuries during the attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore. Six years later, he is eager to officiate his first international game at home

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