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Sportswriter and senior lecturer in sports journalism at the University of Brighton
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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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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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Fifty-over cricket, I was wrong

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    Clarke's fairy tale

Mark Nicholas: The last few days have been about being loved at last for Australia's World Cup-winning captain

    Farewell ODI tons, and highest in a semi

Ask Steven: Plus, players who signed off with World Cup finals, Sydney's ODI record, and Bradman's highest average

Awesome Aussies, nice New Zealand, and a Big Brother house

ESPNcricinfo's staff on tour pick their lasting memories of the World Cup

When defeats haunt

Nicholas Hogg: In close matches you ponder over the what-could-have-beens; in a one-sided game, the past is put to rest quickly

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Wet weather dulls India's threat perception

The SCG might be India's preferred semi-final venue at this World Cup, but persistent rain in the lead-up has left them worried their spinners may not get the help they are widely expected to

The battle of the bullies

This contest brings together a belligerent bunch of brats and braggers from two countries that are so different, yet share rampant egotism and a high opinion of themselves

Dhoni masters numbers game to crack ODI code

Over the last few months, he has slowly moved from a flashy finisher, to a more measured risk manager

Time slips by South Africa once again

It was Grant Elliott and New Zealand's time in Auckland. Not South Africa's. But the Proteas will leave this tournament wondering when that will ever change. Maybe next time.

Triumph and disaster in an unforgiving minute

The difference between New Zealand and South Africa in Auckland was a matter of moments: fleeting minutes that laid bare the fickle beauty and cruelty of sport

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    The battle of the bullies (236)

    This contest brings together a belligerent bunch of brats and braggers from two countries that are so different, yet share rampant egotism and a high opinion of themselves

    India swept away by Australia's depth (184)

    India's Plan A in this World Cup had worked flawlessly over seven matches. When they came up against the toughest opponents in the World Cup, however, they were left scrambling for a back-up plan

    Time slips by South Africa once again (147)

    It was Grant Elliott and New Zealand's time in Auckland. Not South Africa's. But the Proteas will leave this tournament wondering when that will ever change. Maybe next time.

    The greatest time of our lives (140)

    Whatever happens, the Australia-New Zealand World Cup final at the MCG will be the most divine fun

    Wet weather dulls India's threat perception (140)

    The SCG might be India's preferred semi-final venue at this World Cup, but persistent rain in the lead-up has left them worried their spinners may not get the help they are widely expected to