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Former England, Kent and Middlesex batsman; writer for the New Statesman
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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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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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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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Numbers Game: Bangladesh's stats are easily the worst among all teams when they'd played as many Tests

Zulu finds fulfilment in coaching

After limping out of international cricket, Lance Klusener slipped off the radar, but his coaching stint with Dolphins has given them a higher profile and self-belief

Chanderpaul, the coach's nightmare

Modern Masters: He developed a rhythm that worked for him and gave him better balance at the crease

Johnson v McLaren: a tale of two blows

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Champions League T20 still battling for meaning

The thrills are rather low-octane, the skills are a bit lightweight, and the tournament overly India-centric

From Constantine to Chanderpaul

As West Indies play their 500th Test, here's an interactive journey through their Test history

Busy keepers, and Waqar's bowleds

Also, high scores and low averages, most ducks in international cricket, and the 12-year-old Test player

'My kind of bowling style is gone now'

Former New Zealand seamer Gavin Larsen talks about wobbly seam-up bowling, the 1992 World Cup, and his role in the next tournament

The umpire's bowling change

Plays of the day from the CLT20 game between Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings

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