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Former England, Kent and Middlesex batsman; writer for the New Statesman
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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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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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