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Former England, Kent and Middlesex batsman; writer for the New Statesman
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Temperament changes, like technique

Jan 29, 2014: Too many sportsmen are classed as "mentally not good enough", and though that may be true at one moment in their life it's not necessarily true for all time

Ed Smith

A sportsman's naivety is part of his magic

Jan 15, 2014: The media wants constant access to players, and insights and honesty from them, but this desire can only cheapen the experience of sport

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Sledging's inevitable? That's just silly

Jan 1, 2014: The idea that trash talk is a by-product of competitiveness, and essential to spice up a contest, is laughable

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Champs today, chumps tomorrow

Dec 12, 2013: In separating sportsmen into two distinct categories - tough men and cowards - we not only miss the subtlety, we miss the whole truth

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Hold the judgements and the congratulations

Nov 27, 2013: Hasty assumptions will not help Jonathan Trott, or our understanding of mental health

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Stillness in the stance isn't what we might think it is

Oct 17, 2013: The real characteristic of good players in form is not the immobility of the head but rhythm and poise

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Where are the great cricket films?

Oct 2, 2013: Boxing, baseball, motor-racing and other sports have produced classics that films based on our game cannot hold a candle to

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How scarcity affects sportsmen

Sep 18, 2013: Like elsewhere in life, in sport too, deprivation makes people anxious and one-eyed, leading to mistakes and failure

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Tendulkar and the pull of love

Sep 4, 2013: Why does he keep playing? It has to do with belonging, and an abiding love of the craft, the discipline, and of mastery

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How do sports evolve and grow stronger?

Aug 22, 2013: The long-term survival of any game depends on whether it is popular enough to pay its own way

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England's magnificent seven

Aug 7, 2013: They may not possess Botham-standard superstars, but more than half their team consists of formidable players

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Australia: hubris, despair, panic

Jul 24, 2013: Clarke and Co find themselves where England were in the 1990s. But how did the two nations fall into such a state?

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Mickey's problem

Jun 26, 2013: Australia's recently replaced coach came up against an Australian cricketing culture struggling to come to terms with a new reality

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Why the Ashes are about identity

Jun 12, 2013: The greatest sporting rivalries are about groups of people trying to discover who they really are

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What the IPL can learn from Champions League football

May 29, 2013: One of these tournaments is rich, revered and rigorous in its demand for high standards. It's not the cricket one

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What matters: leadership, data analysis, culture

May 15, 2013: Three factors that can play an important role in a team's success

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It's not about selection or tactics, silly

May 1, 2013: Understanding causes is incredibly difficult. It is much easier to assume that easily discernible surface issues are the primary explanations for victory and defeat

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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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44 balls, 16 sixes, 149 runs

Stats highlights from an incredible day in Johannesburg, where AB de Villiers smashed the record for the fastest ODI ton

On TV it looks uglier than it actually is

Often reasonable arguments on the field look nasty beyond the boundary and on camera

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