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Former captain of Somerset; author of It Never Rains, Sometimes I Forgot to Laugh and other books
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Go back to the basics

Feb 2, 2011: The reason Australian batsmen are struggling to bat through a session is because they are caught up in the nonsensical new notions of Twenty20 technique

Peter Roebuck

After the debacle

Jan 19, 2011: To repair its reputation and standard of cricketing excellence, Australia must restore the strength of its domestic cricket and introduce balance in its corridors of power

Peter Roebuck

The voice of New England

Dec 30, 2010: The MCG result tells us things about the visitors and the hosts both: one young and ambitious, the other inept and fretful

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All hail juicy pitches

Dec 22, 2010: Australian wickets have been denatured and characterless for far too long. Let's hope Melbourne produces a track like the one in Perth

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The might of the melting pot

Dec 9, 2010: England's resurgence has come about thanks to intelligent use of its natural resources, whether the variety within the immigrant community or the grey matter of former captains

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A chess match, not a bullfight

Nov 30, 2010: Both sides essentially approached the Brisbane Test defensively, and sound as the reasoning was, it didn't help set pulses racing

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The Ashes 2010-11

Ready to relaunch, Pietersen could be decisive factor

Nov 11, 2010: Kevin Pietersen arrives in Australia with his game in working order and his purpose renewed.

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England aren't favourites

Nov 4, 2010: They have a settled side and a united leadership, but they haven't been as impressive away as at home, their bowlers are unproven and their batsmen far from impregnable

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Is Clarke up for the captaincy?

Oct 20, 2010: He fits the type and is the right age but is yet to show that he can confront his weaknesses and toughen up like Ponting did

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The genius and the doubter

Oct 7, 2010: VVS Laxman is an artist whose strength lies not in his artistry but in his competitive spirit, a batsman who needs adversity to unleash the giant within

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Only cricketers can save cricket

Sep 8, 2010: Time is up for making excuses and passing the buck; anti-corruption bodies and administrators can do no good if players keep giving in to temptations

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The word is respect

Aug 25, 2010: The nebulous idea of the spirit of cricket is hard to sustain in our fractious times. Better to think in terms of respect for opponents, perhaps

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The enduring charm of Test cricket

Aug 11, 2010: The five-day game is still compelling, but pitches need to be got right if the format is to thrive

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How the mighty have fallen

Jul 28, 2010: Australia and India face similar problems, with ageing stalwarts and unproven youngsters. The upcoming series between the two doesn't seem as good a prospect as those in recent times

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In a freakish league of his own

Jul 14, 2010: Murali hasn't been combative like Warne or full of rage like Kumble; more unconventional than them, and tenacious to the core, he has surpassed them both

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All hail England's new spirit

Jun 30, 2010: Strauss's boys are full of a new attitude, defined by resilience, optimism and unbreakability

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The case for reconsidering the Zimbabwe boycott

Jun 16, 2010: Things may not be as rosy as observers may have cause to hope for, but respect for those seeking to rebuild the country and its cricket must surpass anger about those hell-bent on its destruction

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Cricket in the world

Jun 2, 2010: Our sport must embrace the environment it belongs to, engage with it, and move with the times

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A new beginning for England?

May 19, 2010: Collingwood's side were fearless and kept pressing till victory was theirs. Here's hoping it marks a renaissance in the country's cricket

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Attack, but skilfully

May 5, 2010: At no point in the history of one-day cricket has as much emphasis been put on taking wickets as there is now - though not too many are getting it quite right

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