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Sportswriter and senior lecturer in sports journalism at the University of Brighton
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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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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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    Test cricket needs to hurry it up

Ian Chappell: Introducing tweaks like four-day games will be pointless unless players and officials show more urgency to keep the game moving

The country boy who moved a nation

Phillip Hughes' biography is a warm retelling of his early life in rural Australia, and how he dealt with the ups and downs of a short career

Channel nine

The Cricket Monthly: Ben Pobjie writes of a father-son bond, in his letter from Cranbourne, Australia
TCM November issue

    'We're a serious cricket team'

Liam Brickhill: Should Zimbabwe Women qualify for the World T20, it will be a sign of how the game has progressed in the country in recent years

Azhar needs to step up and take charge

Ahmer Naqvi: Pakistan's batting and bowling tactics have been a bit of a mishmash; the captain needs to make sure the whole exceeds the sum of the parts

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The difference between Nagpur and Nottingham

One home advantage is not better or worse than the other, but this pitch had variable turn, bounce and pace to go with the fact that pitches that turn from ball one get worse with time

India's pace puzzle: Aaron or Umesh?

With India playing most of their Test cricket at home over the next 18 months, they will have to choose between their two quickest bowlers most of the time. A tricky choice, given Varun Aaron and Umesh Yadav's hit or miss tendencies

'Ridiculous waste of time and wrong decision'

In five minutes, Nathan Lyon was twice ruled not-out, controversially. The Twitter world did not hold back

Ross Taylor treats himself

How Ross Taylor reconciled with New Zealand cricket and made the highest score by a visiting batsman in Australia

A six-ton Test, and Imran's prolific 30s

Plus: most runs in a Test by a New Zealander, and c&b by the same bowler twice in a Test

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