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Sportswriter and senior lecturer in sports journalism at the University of Brighton
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The age of player power

Oct 29, 2014: Players, emboldened by free agency, agents and endorsements, are now asserting their rights as never before - and management doesn't like it

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KP and the green-eyed monster

Oct 15, 2014: Individual rivalries in team sports can be productive or destructive. Jealousy may have spurred Pietersen the batsman, but at the cost of the team's image

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Why Norman Tebbit was wrong

Oct 1, 2014: So long as people's sporting affiliations do not assume racially abusive or violent form, who does it harm whether they support their national side or not?

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Does Yorkshire's win bode well for England?

Sep 17, 2014: Historically a strong Yorkshire has acted as a supply line for the Test team, and the current crop hints at longevity and substance

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Why crowd support matters

Sep 3, 2014: A factor in improved away records in recent years, particularly in ODIs, is the presence of fans from the diaspora cheering for visiting teams

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The importance of being insatiable

Aug 20, 2014: Careers tend to blossom or fizzle out depending on a sportsman's craving for success

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Moeen Ali's wristy business

Aug 7, 2014: He deserves acclaim for daring to wear those wristbands, but the ECB should have known better than to approve his actions

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What good is a nightwatchman?

Jul 23, 2014: In modern times, there have been a few valuable innings by tailenders bumped up the order, but the psychological advantage it gives the opposition can't be discounted

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When the big boys cry

Jul 9, 2014: Nothing could have prepared us for James Anderson's sudden outpouring of grief at Leeds, a reaction both spontaneous and moving

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'It's hard being me,' says DRS

Jun 25, 2014: Cricket's unholy offspring tries to explain the benefits and challenges of the review system to Americans (and fails)

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Let us now praise Beefy

Jun 11, 2014: Forty years since he announced his arrival on the cricket stage, Ian Botham remains a symbol of home-grown guts for glory that the current England team lacks

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Time to give fielders their due

May 28, 2014: The standards of fielding, particularly catching, have improved out of sight, but there are still no proper numerical measures of its value

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Maxwell's golden hammer

May 14, 2014: Despite T20's ceaseless urgency, Maxwell never appears to be in a rush. Could he, like David Warner, flourish in the Test arena?

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Has cricket finally embraced wicketkeeper-captains?

Apr 30, 2014: Dhoni, de Villiers and a few others may finally be putting an end to one of the game's most robust blind spots. Or are they?

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Still plenty of ifs for Butt

Apr 16, 2014: Salman Butt appears to think that redemption will be his by insisting that players should refrain from "wrongdoing". That shouldn't gain him back the trust of those he duped

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The World T20 roller coaster

Apr 2, 2014: Tantalising finishes, technicolor extravaganzas, and sport as opera - notes from an armchair

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The importance of failure

Mar 19, 2014: Success can dazzle, even blind. It's in failure that those like Jonathan Trott can address their weaknesses

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The icing on the season's cake

Mar 5, 2014: Test cricket is in roaring health and there has been no proof more ringing than the enthralling South Africa v Australia series

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All hail the Man of the Series

Feb 19, 2014: In modern times, the most accurate method of anointing the best of the best is surely an analysis of those who have been voted top performers in series most often

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The good, the bad and the Greigy

Feb 5, 2014: Remembering English cricket's favourite punching bag, who didn't always do the right thing, but had unbridled passion for the game

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Manic one-day chases, and daddy partnerships

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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

    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

    Lyon low after high of 2013 (50)

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

    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