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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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