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Sportswriter and senior lecturer in sports journalism at the University of Brighton
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Pump up the volume

Dec 4, 2013: It's time to turn the stump mikes all the way up, and leave them that way

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Harder to get to the top or to stay there?

Nov 6, 2013: And what are we to make of the inimitable Mitchell Johnson then?

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Quotas: less black and white than ever

Oct 23, 2013: Affirmative action is among the most bitterly divisive issues of the age. Particularly in sport, which depends on fairness, which in turn begins with equality of opportunity

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Honest, simple, Harmy

Oct 9, 2013: Steve Harmison was a standard-bearer for a new breed of sporting hero: understated, self-effacing, unafraid to non-conform or to reveal vulnerability

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Despicable Stu

Sep 25, 2013: Stuart Broad may revel in the Australian fans' hatred for him, but he should know that becoming a better person won't make him a lesser player

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The red badge of courage

Sep 11, 2013: There are several reasons for sporting success but it's possible that bravery exerts the foremost influence

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Being Monty

Aug 28, 2013: There have been many players before Panesar who had to deal with prejudice of all sorts. One way to counter it is to celebrate your difference

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England's Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon

Aug 14, 2013: For all their blatant differences, Bell and Pietersen are a duet as melodious in deed as in sound

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The Phoenix factor

Jul 31, 2013: Do Michael Clarke's beleaguered company have it in their loins and hearts to call on the spirit of 1937?

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Unassuming Bell begins to growl

Jul 17, 2013: He has always possessed skill and style but his recent success is owed to cussedness and patience

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Bopara and the cultural conundrum

Jul 3, 2013: Why does Britain still await its first batting star of Asian stock?

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Contempt and disrespect

Jun 19, 2013: They're the flavour of the season in cricket, but while players are pulled up for various deeds of misconduct, administrators get away

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Farewell, Tim May

Jun 6, 2013: May's greatest achievement in his decade at FICA was to oblige administrators to take some of the players' concerns seriously

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Let's copy the women, shall we?

Jun 5, 2013: Women's Ashes will be contested over three formats this year. Why not base a men's championship along those lines?

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The perils of scoffing at failure

May 22, 2013: Excessive success can destroy inhibition, and hence the capacity for shame

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A classic turns fifty

May 9, 2013: A passionate expression of CLR James' love for an imperialist game, the book was rooted in a quest to rid the world of racism and class oppression

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Where do we draw the line on Twitter outbursts?

Apr 24, 2013: Increasingly, if a tad incongruously, words are arousing as much fury as misdeeds

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Are we in a golden age of cricket writing?

Apr 3, 2013: There are no Carduses around, but that's no bad thing. There's more variety and perspective in coverage today

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Were the good old days really better?

Mar 20, 2013: Let's break it down to a few parameters and try to make an objective analysis

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Time for Pup to unleash the mongrel

Mar 6, 2013: Come the English summer and the Ashes, Michael Clarke could do worse than look back to 1989 and get some of that Border-Waugh mojo working

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