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How good has Umesh Yadav got?

Mar 24, 2017: In the last 18 months, the Indian fast bowler has made significant strides, and the most impressive aspect has been his improved control

S Rajesh

Nathan Lyon's second-innings problems in Asia

Mar 17, 2017: Nathan Lyon's performance in the Bengaluru Test underscored his tendency to perform well in the first innings in Asia, but fade away in the second

S Rajesh

Outstanding in ODIs, mediocre in Tests

Mar 3, 2017: Martin Guptill makes big hundreds for fun in ODIs, but in Tests he has struggled to make an impact despite having played almost 50 matches

S Rajesh

Mr Inconsistents

Feb 24, 2017: There is no doubting the batting talent of Shaun Marsh and KL Rahul, but both have been plagued by inconsistency in their Test careers so far

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Should Australia be so reliant on spin in India?

Feb 17, 2017: Their slow bowlers have struggled in Asia over the last nine years, while their fast bowlers have done much better. They may have missed a trick with their selection

S Rajesh

What do Warner and du Plessis have in common?

Feb 10, 2017: Their ODI careers have been remarkably similar so far, and over the last couple of years both have reached new highs in the format

S Rajesh

Bumrah's T20I exploits

Feb 3, 2017: His outstanding numbers in T20Is, especially in the slog overs, means that a vital component of India's bowling problem has been addressed

S Rajesh and Shiva Jayaraman

No target tall enough

Jan 27, 2017: The new fielding regulations in ODIs may well have forced teams to adopt a strategy that's more likely to succeed in tall chases

Shiva Jayaraman

The curious case of Shakib Al Hasan

Jan 20, 2017: His Test stats as batsman and bowler compare favourably with some of the best allrounders, which is why his second-innings dismissal in Wellington is all the more puzzling

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Australia's Mr Dependable

Jan 13, 2017: After 26 Tests, Josh Hazlewood's bowling stats are remarkably similar to those of Glenn McGrath

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The captain who raised his batsmanship

Jan 6, 2017: Among batsmen who have scored at least 2000 ODI runs both as captain and as player, only AB de Villiers has a higher difference in averages than Dhoni

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Can Sri Lanka up their game in South Africa?

Dec 23, 2016: Sri Lanka have generally struggled to cope with the pace and seam of South Africa's pitches, but they have an opportunity to make a fresh beginning with a young team

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Pakistan's pace problems in Australia

Dec 16, 2016: Pakistan's fast bowlers have traditionally been the biggest weapons for their team, but in Australia their numbers aren't so impressive, especially recently

S Rajesh

The unstoppable Ellyse Perry

Dec 9, 2016: Since the start of 2014, the Australian allrounder has made 17 fifty-plus scores in 23 ODI innings. No other player - male or female - has ever had such an incredible run

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The year of the wicketkeeper-batsman

Dec 2, 2016: Led by Jonny Bairstow and Quinton de Kock, wicketkeepers have averaged 40.79 in Tests in 2016, the highest in a calendar year since 1900

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Hashim Amla's batting slump

Nov 25, 2016: A batting average of 34.81 in his last 15 Tests means his career average is in danger of dipping below 50 for the first time since the Adelaide Test of 2012

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How the failure of Warner-Burns and Smith-Voges has hurt Australia

Nov 18, 2016: The two prolific partnerships have had steep falls this year

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Ashwin v Herath v Yasir v Lyon

Nov 11, 2016: While R Ashwin has the best average among the four, Yasir Shah has been outstanding given the conditions he has bowled in

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Is home advantage on the rise?

Nov 4, 2016: Home teams have been increasingly dominant in Tests over the last few years, but that trend has been especially visible when Asian teams travel overseas, and non-Asian teams come to Asia

S Rajesh

Stu will get you

Oct 28, 2016: Only two England players have won more Man-of-the-Match awards, and only two have taken more Test wickets, than Stuart Broad, whose next Test will be his 100th

S Rajesh
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