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Former England, Kent and Middlesex batsman; writer for the New Statesman
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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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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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Wahab v Watson, the fury and the folly

For 30 minutes, everything else took a backseat, as the world watched in awe and fear, a fired-up Pakistan fast bowler mercilessly bullying an Australian batsman

From 110 to 150 kph, the Wahab Riaz story

As a six-year-old, he watched Wasim Akram at the 1992 World Cup and decided that he would be a left-arm fast bowler. As a man, he put on a show very nearly as memorable as Wasim's 23 years before

Wet weather dulls India's threat perception

The SCG might be India's preferred semi-final venue at this World Cup, but persistent rain in the lead-up has left them worried their spinners may not get the help they are widely expected to

The battle of the bullies

This contest brings together a belligerent bunch of brats and braggers from two countries that are so different, yet share rampant egotism and a high opinion of themselves

Dhoni masters numbers game to crack ODI code

Over the last few months, he has slowly moved from a flashy finisher, to a more measured risk manager

News | Features Last 7 days

    Wahab v Watson, the fury and the folly (325)

    For 30 minutes, everything else took a backseat, as the world watched in awe and fear, a fired-up Pakistan fast bowler mercilessly bullying an Australian batsman

    The battle of the bullies (236)

    This contest brings together a belligerent bunch of brats and braggers from two countries that are so different, yet share rampant egotism and a high opinion of themselves

    From 110 to 150 kph, the Wahab Riaz story (154)

    As a six-year-old, he watched Wasim Akram at the 1992 World Cup and decided that he would be a left-arm fast bowler. As a man, he put on a show very nearly as memorable as Wasim's 23 years before

    Time slips by South Africa once again (147)

    It was Grant Elliott and New Zealand's time in Auckland. Not South Africa's. But the Proteas will leave this tournament wondering when that will ever change. Maybe next time.

    Wet weather dulls India's threat perception (140)

    The SCG might be India's preferred semi-final venue at this World Cup, but persistent rain in the lead-up has left them worried their spinners may not get the help they are widely expected to