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Sportswriter and senior lecturer in sports journalism at the University of Brighton
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Five proposals to improve Test cricket

Feb 15, 2017: We now have a championship in the offing. What else can the game do to better the five-dayer?

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How dared they?

Jan 11, 2017: An appreciation of captains' innovative declarations, bowlers' bold tactics, and batting feats that no one expected

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Here's to Test cricket conferences, not divisions

Dec 7, 2016: Some teams are understandably opposed to a two-tier format. Two conferences, with a championship match between the leading side from each, might be more viable

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Do you watch sport for drama or excellence?

Nov 9, 2016: The Perth and Mirpur Tests brought the old question to the fore once more

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One afternoon at the Cricket Writers' Club

Oct 7, 2016: The organisation's 70th annual lunch provided food for thought about where the game is going, and then some

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Let's leave five-dayers alone, shall we?

Aug 10, 2016: Why a reduction to four days may not be quite the best idea for the future of Test cricket

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Should cricket have been ruthless with Amir?

Jul 14, 2016: There's a case for saying the authorities should have made an example of him for the sake of the game, but then cricket has always stood for second chances

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Is Sobers cricket's Muhammad Ali?

Jun 8, 2016: The planet's loudest mouth and cricket's prettiest assassin had plenty in common

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What is cricket's equivalent of Leicester's triumph?

May 11, 2016: There isn't one because we don't have a points system or a Test championship to make it possible

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Should sportspersons love to win or hate to lose?

Apr 6, 2016: And a singalong chant for the England team

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Why T20 is more a team game than the other formats

Mar 9, 2016: In a format where the outcome of one delivery can dictate the result, every single contribution makes a difference

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Why not make administrators our role models?

Feb 10, 2016: It's time the people running sport start setting better examples

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In praise of imperfection

Jan 13, 2016: Cricketers carry the baggage of having to be noble. But just how do you define nobility?

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Whatever happened to the clever nickname?

Dec 9, 2015: Cricket is particularly short of them these days. A look at what we've been missing

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Watching America watch cricket

Nov 11, 2015: Might the game have found a foothold in the USA if not for Babe Ruth?

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Is the County Championship anti-spin?

Oct 7, 2015: England's slow-bowling cupboard looks bare because of the tournament's spinner-unfriendly pitches and its sapping and lopsided schedule

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Does Stokes have it in him to lead?

Sep 16, 2015: He exudes authority but has the ability to remain one of the lads, which distinguishes him from the other worthy contenders to succeed Cook

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How about state funding for Tests?

Sep 2, 2015: Lord Patel's appointment to the ECB could bring the endangered format to the forefront, both financially and otherwise

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Here's looking at The Oval

Aug 19, 2015: The occasional Ashes dead rubber notwithstanding, there's something about this south London venue that inspires

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Why England shouldn't win at Trent Bridge

Aug 5, 2015: At the risk of sounding unpatriotic: we need a 2-2 scoreline ahead of the climax

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    UAE's IPL boy

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A mixed-up tale of two captains

Jarrod Kimber: Smith's Australia were supposed to be distraught; Kohli's India were supposed to be jubilant. That's not how things panned out in Pune

    Do India need a DRS coach?

Polite Enquiries: Melinda Farrell and Jarrod Kimber field questions after a remarkable day of Test cricket in Pune

The hinterland of 40

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Australian cricket's two Indias

For long, Australians expected hardship on a tour to India. These days the living conditions are far more friendly, and the difficulties are mostly out the middle

India's worst ever seven-wicket collapse

As Steve O'Keefe raced his way to a six-wicket haul in Pune, India registered a record collapse

Shadab Khan, not just domestic material

Once on the verge of giving up legspin bowling for batting, 18-year-old Shadab Khan is now making headlines in the PSL with his all-round show

The Ashwin blueprint for Lyon's success

Nathan Lyon will have to adopt some of his Indian counterpart's methods if he is to set his record in Asia right; and he has been working on doing just that

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