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Former England, Kent and Middlesex batsman; writer for the New Statesman
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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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Can the cricket coach be king?

Mar 3, 2014: The role is still evolving, but it's unlikely it'll become the centrepiece of the narrative like in football

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The power of good team culture

Feb 17, 2014: Teams that encourage individualism along with a sense of belonging to the larger group are likelier to succeed

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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

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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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Stuart MacGill on his favourite cricketer, a legendary Aussie quick who was also a family friend

    The making of a sporting icon lies in the timing

Ed Smith: The legend of great sportsmen like WG Grace, Babe Ruth and Tendulkar is partly to do with the eras they lived in

Float like a butterfly, sip like it's tea

Clickbait: Muhammad Ali at the cricket

Cummins may need to go old-school

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Background to the Chris Cairns perjury case and what to expect over the coming weeks

'Show some respect to your players'

The cricket world reacts to the incidents of bottle-throwing during the second India-South Africa T20 in Cuttack that caused two interruptions in play

The makeshift opener who batted and batted

Thrust into the job in Kanpur in 2004, Andrew Hall gave an underachieving South Africa side belief that they could wear India down at home

Steyn v Anderson in Asia

Who is the better bowler in challenging conditions?

The Azhar Ali answer to Pakistan's top-order woes

In Pakistan's Test history, no player batting in the top three positions has scored 4500 runs; Azhar Ali is well on course to becoming the first

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