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Former England, Kent and Middlesex batsman; writer for the New Statesman
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CMJ: broadcaster, writer, gentleman

Apr 17, 2013: Cricket's greatest friend combined courtesy with a strong sense of authenticity

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Why Cook's right for England

Apr 3, 2013: Or: the merits of long-term character over short-term flashiness

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No easy answers to the question of Test cricket's future

Mar 13, 2013: There has been plenty of talk of how to save the game's premier form, but we're nowhere closer to a solution

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What can colonoscopies teach us about cricket?

Feb 28, 2013: The way we remember players' careers affects our judgement of them

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Peaks or high plateaus: what makes a player great?

Feb 13, 2013: How do you measure success in sport? Is it about consistency or the ability to dazzle?

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The vexed task of managing player workloads

Jan 30, 2013: The row over rotation reveals several fault lines running through Australian cricket, and also within the professional game as a whole

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Sledging's inevitable? That's just silly

Jan 1, 2013: The idea that trash talk is a by-product of competitiveness, and essential to spice up a contest, is laughable

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Should Tendulkar stay or go? The tough call may be the kindest

Dec 19, 2012: Conventional logic cannot be applied to players of his quality, but India will do its hero a disservice if it refuses to make a pragmatic decision

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The zone and the importance of imagination

Dec 16, 2012: A sportsman in the zone, like an artist, has both a wider and a narrower focus. He has the ability to be in the game and yet stand above it, seeing it clearly

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What made Ponting so tough?

Dec 6, 2012: His talent and ambition were polished and hardened by Australia's competitive cricket culture, and during his peak he was his team's biggest wicket

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The pragmatic art of Virender Sehwag

Nov 21, 2012: He has reached an understanding with his own flaws, refused to compromise his strengths, and stayed true to himself

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What will the BCCI do with all its power?

Nov 7, 2012: The Indian board must think about its responsibilities and legacy

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Is sport an art?

Oct 24, 2012: It may have more in common with craft, but it does also provide timeless stories and reveal elements of the human condition

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Are West Indies bound upwards at last?

Oct 10, 2012: Asking them to regain the heights of the 1980s would be too much, but they can still be a force in international competition

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How do you play cricket without becoming a machine?

Sep 26, 2012: The challenge for most cricketers- and other sportsmen - is to retain their personality while getting better at the game

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The art of captaincy: catching the mood of the moment

Sep 12, 2012: Leadership of cricket teams involves a fair amount of a sort of luck

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South Africa's bookends rank them up with the best

Aug 29, 2012: They aren't just a decent side who managed to make it to No. 1

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The master of being himself

Aug 15, 2012: Andrew Strauss doesn't pose, shout, or try to shove all his players into one mould. Being his own man may just be his greatest virtue

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How did England go from great to godawful?

Aug 1, 2012: It's a disease that afflicts all teams these days - of too much cricket and too much travel

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What's so wrong with negative fields anyway?

Jul 4, 2012: When England set cautious fields they are called tactically naïve; but they win

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A man with two first names

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Crunch time for Sehwag and Gambhir

The former Indian openers haven't been shining lately, but the IPL presents an opportunity for them to show their class

England's Pietersen folly

They were making good progress in building a world-class side, but not getting rid of Kevin Pietersen after the texting saga in 2012 cost them greatly

The world record that nearly wasn't

Twenty years ago this week, Brian Lara became Test cricket's highest scorer, but he almost didn't make it

'Sri Lankan fans embrace the team, not just icon players'

Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara go over their World T20 win, and feel grateful to have fans whose support remains unwavering in victory and defeat

The captain's blunder

Plays of the day from the IPL match between Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab in Abu Dhabi

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