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Sportswriter and senior lecturer in sports journalism at the University of Brighton
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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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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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West Indies need to paper over bowling cracks

The hosts' pace attack, with a combined experience of 31 Tests and 56 wickets, is a candidate for being their weakest ever, yet India cannot simply show up and expect to win

Yasir's 13 going on 100, and 42-year-old centurions

Also, losing ten-fors, and back to back Tests at Lord's

Ashwin emulates Botham with ton and seven-for

Stats highlights from the fourth day's play in Antigua where Ashwin's maiden five-wicket haul outside Asia bowled India to an innings victory

Kohli's banner day in Antigua

Stats highlights from the first day of the Antigua Test, where Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan stole the show from the hosts

Loose West Indies succumb to Ashwin's wiles

One after another, the hosts' batsmen attempted questionable flicks and drives in their second innings, disregarding the drift and dip the offspinner was generating

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