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The artist known as Jack Russell

Jan 17, 2010: The eccentric England wicketkeeper spent rainy days and time on the bench sketching and painting. Two books chronicle his art

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Jack Hobbs and the golden age

Dec 13, 2009: The Master's autobiography provides glimpses of a long-ago time that is strikingly similar (and not) to ours

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Trescothick, Gimblett and the black wings of depression

Nov 1, 2009: Two Somerset players, generations apart, have had their struggles with mental illness form the subject of two fine books

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Barker's bowlers

Oct 18, 2009: A doctor, an air-force man, and 10 great players bring a childhood back to life

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Jack of two trades

Oct 4, 2009: Fingleton was possibly the finest cricketer-writer ever

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Portraits of heroes

Sep 20, 2009: Ronald Mason used to worship cricketers as a boy, and wrote excellent prose on them as a man

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Poet of the willow

Sep 6, 2009: Archie Jackson, who was born 100 years ago, was the Keats of cricket in more ways than one

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Rowdy the chronicler

Aug 23, 2009: In praise of a cricketer who made the transition from player to first-rate cricket writer with ease

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Lessons for leaders

Aug 9, 2009: Brearley, Ranji, EM Rose, and the art of captaincy

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The third T

Jul 26, 2009: Frank Tyson has been among our best analysts of players' temperament and what made them tick

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All Rhodes

Jun 28, 2009: Two of the greatest books on one of the greatest allrounders ever

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Gold from the Ashes

Jun 14, 2009: Celebrating Cardus' evocations of cricket's premier contest

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Golden amateur

May 31, 2009: A businessman, a soldier, a lavishly talented cricketer: Stanley Jackson embodied one of cricket's greatest ages

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Where are the Indians?

May 17, 2009: English and Australian players have not been shy when it comes to writing their life stories; not so the Indians

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Hallowed and much covered

May 3, 2009: On the wealth of writing about the most storied cricket ground there is

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The other Plum

Apr 19, 2009: On PG Wodehouse's cricket connection

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The passionate poet

Apr 5, 2009: Edmund Blunden's Cricket Country laments the passing of an age and revels in the timelessness of the game

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Where to get 'em

Mar 22, 2009: In which your columnist dishes out some handy book-hunting advice

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One writer, many hats

Feb 22, 2009: Ramachandra Guha is a polymath who happens to write superbly on cricket

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The piper's new master

Feb 8, 2009: On India's dominance of cricket, and a book that tells of a plan to thwart it

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'Ponting was an instinctive, aggressive player'

Modern Masters: Rahul Dravid and Sanjay Manjrekar discuss Ricky Ponting's technique

    MacLeod spells hope for Scotland

Allrounder Calum MacLeod's return from a faulty action is key to Scotland's World Cup hopes. By Tim Wigmore

The Australian who dares to attack spin

From lead spinner and No. 8, Steven Smith has become a central figure in the batting line-up. By Brydon Coverdale

    'Gibbs used to toss the ball like a basketball'

My XI: Erapalli Prasanna on the West Indian offspinner who had a killer instinct

Cricket's humanity resists specialisation

Jon Hotten: Major sports are driving their competitors towards homogenous physical ideals, but cricket seems to celebrate diversity

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Manic one-day chases, and daddy partnerships

Also, most brothers in a Test XI, and the fastest to 20 ODI centuries

Has international cricket begun to break up?

The gap between the haves and the have-nots is growing wider, and the disenchantment is forcing a devaluation of Test cricket among weaker teams

Well worth the wait

Zulfiqar Babar missed five seasons between his first two first-class matches, and was 34 when he finally made his Test debut, but he is quickly making up for all the lost time with his artful left-arm spin

Younis Khan and the art of scoring hundreds

Out of 70 batsmen who've scored 15 or more Test hundreds only five are from Pakistan, but Younis Khan's appetite for hundreds matches that of some of the top contemporary batsmen

Australia outdone in every way

Surviving into the final session of the last day cannot disguise the fact that Australia's continued inability to play spin contributed to an all-round thrashing

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    Has international cricket begun to break up? (83)

    The gap between the haves and the have-nots is growing wider, and the disenchantment is forcing a devaluation of Test cricket among weaker teams

    Lyon low after high of 2013 (51)

    The offspinner was Australia's highest wicket-taker in 2013, but his form has dipped sharply this year

    Australia outdone in every way (51)

    Surviving into the final session of the last day cannot disguise the fact that Australia's continued inability to play spin contributed to an all-round thrashing

    Well worth the wait (36)

    Zulfiqar Babar missed five seasons between his first two first-class matches, and was 34 when he finally made his Test debut, but he is quickly making up for all the lost time with his artful left-arm spin

    No Ajmal, no problem for Pakistan (33)

    When a team loses its best bowler, it is expected that the team's performance will suffer. As usual, Pakistan defied the expectations