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Sportswriter and senior lecturer in sports journalism at the University of Brighton
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Wanted: Ian Bell, sublime artist

Jul 22, 2015: Someone who repeatedly has to prove himself despite playing over a hundred Tests, his recent stats do not make for good reading. Here's hoping he has a bit of magic left in him

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Dear Alastair

Jul 8, 2015: The Great British Public bares its soul to the men in the team's Ashes engine room. This week: the captain

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Dear Andy

Jun 24, 2015: The Great British Public bares its soul to the men in the team's Ashes engine room. This week: the director

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Dear Trev

Jun 10, 2015: The Great British Public bares its soul to the men with their heads on the block come July 8, starting with England's new coach

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Cheers to England's leftist leaning

May 27, 2015: Their distrust of left-hand batsmen goes back centuries, but the current Test squad belies that bias entirely

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An ode to Gower

May 13, 2015: Exquisitely flawless, the former England captain was the Rembrandt of batting: all touch, timing and subtle depth; and never better than 30 years ago

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Is Vaughan the one to reconnect the ECB with its public?

Apr 29, 2015: England could do worse than appoint the outspoken, media-friendly former captain as their director of cricket

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Test cricket: 'Worried, me?'

Apr 15, 2015: An interview with cricket's long-suffering format

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What makes a good commentator?

Apr 1, 2015: The best are subtle, unhurried cheerleaders who never rush to judgement but rise above the din

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It's white-knuckle time

Mar 19, 2015: The best-laid plans can come spectacularly undone in knockout situations. Which is why we love them

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Of Citizen Kane and brave captains

Mar 4, 2015: The Amiss awards for the first third of the World Cup - named for a batsman who knew a thing or two about courage and common sense

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A brand-boosting look at the World Cup

Feb 18, 2015: Featuring Afridi, India v Pakistan, DRS, Ireland and Finn's hat-trick

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Equality v excellence: what's your pick?

Feb 4, 2015: In the last few years, a handful of players have dominated tennis; in cricket, the playing field has never been more level

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Gimme slimmer bats over fatter records

Jan 21, 2015: Unlike in baseball, where you could mistake Babe Ruth's slugger for a modern-day one, in cricket the difference in sizes and weights is mind-boggling - and harmful

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Non-neutral umpires? No thanks

Jan 6, 2015: It might seem like there isn't a need for "independent" umpires these days, but imagine the outrage if a home umpire appears guilty of favouritism

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A Christmas wishlist

Dec 24, 2014: Can Santa Claus find cricket a great Test spinner, and make the World Test Championship happen?

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Cricket's men of the year

Dec 10, 2014: Two courageous cricketers who, when faced with extreme tragedy, understood that the show must go on

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Dubai-Dhabi-Doo

Nov 26, 2014: Who knew the Middle East would one day become the centre of a cricket-lover's universe?

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Bring back the FTP

Nov 12, 2014: Sport bereft of fair and vibrant competition is a betrayal. The Future Tours Programme was far from perfect, but its absence provides serious cause for concern

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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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Is it time to rethink the toss?

Jon Hotten: Why not let captains decide what batting or bowling first is worth and use runs to buy the advantage?

    The bat-first advantage in Tests

Numbers Game: Since 2009, teams batting first have a win-loss ratio which is 61% higher than it was between 2000 and 2008

'Long-term aim is to have one officiating DRS system'

ICC CEO David Richardson speaks about the need for context in bilateral cricket, and the creation of qualifying leagues

    The one stat that makes Steyn stand out

What sets Dale Steyn apart from the rest of the 400-club? His phenomenal strike rate

Another T20 bash, another T&T win

Business as usual? Yes, but this year's tournament had other stories too - not all of them positive. By Colin Benjamin

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Cricket in colour - What's your favourite team kit?

Papua New Guinea's attractive team kit at the World T20 Qualifier, cool cap included, caught our attention. What's your favourite of them all?

4391 runs after 35, and 2354 outside top five

On Sunday, Tillakaratne Dilshan became the 11th batsman to score 10,000-plus ODI runs. Here are the key numbers from his ODI career

'I always wanted to bowl the last over of an ODI'

Former Australia fast bowler Damien Fleming on bowling in thrilling World Cup semi-finals, mastering the subcontinent, and taking on Tendulkar

Australia's soft centre exposed

The failure of anyone other than Chris Rogers to cope with the conditions at Edgbaston was another worrying sign of Australian fallibility abroad

Which country were they born in?

Quite a few of England's players over the years have been born outside England. Do you know where?

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    Succession issues prompt hard questions (65)

    Australia's selectors and management have been accused of being too harsh on Brad Haddin but the team's horrible display at Edgbaston suggests that they may actually have been too lenient, and not just on him

    The Ian Bell conundrum (62)

    Since the beginning of 2012, Ian Bell averages 34.69 when batting in the top six; among regular top-order batsmen, only Shane Watson has a lower average

    Mustafizur and the art of the cutter (59)

    What makes this innocuous-seeming bowler so difficult to handle?

    Be alarmed, be very alarmed (58)

    Death of a Gentleman exposes how neo-liberal economics threatens the game, while also hinting at worse lying beneath the surface, leaving you feeling disillusioned and angry

    Patience running out on Ramdin again (49)

    Should he be dropped from the one-day squad to Zimbabwe, it will be the latest chapter in the wicketkeeper's strained relations with the authorities in particular