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Former England, Kent and Middlesex batsman; writer for the New Statesman
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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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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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Bigger concerns for England than Lord's pitch

While the pitch took most of the blame at Trent Bridge, at Lord's England will need to get more controlling overs from their spinners. The reality is there is no quick fix

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Alastair Cook has got used to feeling of the axe hanging over him. Only his team-mates can save England now

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