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Former England, Kent and Middlesex batsman; writer for the New Statesman
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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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Wanted: mentors, not coaches

Mar 30, 2014: Elite sportsmen today don't lack motivation, nor do they need to be whipped into shape. What they need from their coaches is tact, judgement and clear speaking

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Two Men Out: ICC drama explained through a Stephen King metaphor

    Dissecting Suresh Raina's ODI stats

Numbers Game: His stats by point of entry show that he struggles when he comes in before the 20th over, but he has been hugely successful in the middle overs

    How do you measure McCullum?

Jarrod Kimber: The excitement you felt when you watched him fly through the air to save a boundary, or tap his bat, about to face a ball - you can't put a number to it

    'West Indies are stagnant. We are not going anywhere'

Darren Sammy talks about how the region's cricket is suffering for want of communication and decision-making

The mark Chanderpaul left on me

Liam Cromar: His retirement has not only been the end of an era in batting, it marks for some of us the snapping of the final link to childhood

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The best XI of each IPL franchise

ESPNcricinfo picks its best XI for each franchise after the IPL 2016 auction in Bangalore on Saturday

The most expensive uncapped Indian players

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

Kohli's and Rohit's divergent paths to batting glory

One has found great success in limited-overs formats, while the other is a master of all

Avesh Khan, the stingy speedster

He is capable of moving the new ball consistently and limiting the batsman's scoring opportunities, which have helped India maintain an unbeaten streak at the Under-19 World Cup

Billings revels in T20 adventure land

England's other big-hitting wicketkeeper-batsman talks about his experiences at the PSL and being picked up in the IPL auction by Delhi Daredevils

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