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Former England, Kent and Middlesex batsman; writer for the New Statesman
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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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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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Letter to de Villiers

South Africa's captain needs to single out his players for attention and get them firing individually and as a team

An all-inclusive blueprint for the 2019 World Cup

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Indian batting in need of the knockout punch

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15 overs, 222 runs

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