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Sportswriter and senior lecturer in sports journalism at the University of Brighton
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A question of greatness

Jan 27, 2011: Defining it is no easy task, since greatness can be reliant on time, place, context and memory. But it's time to acknowledge that Kallis has earned the mantle

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The ultimate overachiever

Jan 12, 2011: Has anyone surpassed expectations as much as Paul Collingwood has?

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Handbags at Christmas

Dec 23, 2010: Who'll win the Ashes? Join our merry Christmas-time talk show, featuring two notable personages from the past, to find out

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It was fifty years ago today

Dec 8, 2010: The effect of the first Tied Test was to raise cricket from its prevailing grisly greyness and take it closer to the zeitgeist of that heady decade. That's why that game and that series remain unmatched for cricketing drama

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Why we need the Ashes to be competitive

Nov 25, 2010: It's not the oldest or fiercest, but the England-Australia rivalry has enough lustre and historical baggage to make the blood bubble. And that's why it's important the contest is even and hard-fought

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What's wrong with this picture?

Nov 10, 2010: In today's cricket photography there's too much reaction and too little action

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Whatever happened to West Indian pride?

Oct 27, 2010: A new documentary captures the ambition and drive that fuelled the West Indies of the 80s. Today's team does not carry the same historical baggage

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Finding cricket's premier player

Oct 13, 2010: Why not bring single- and double-wicket contests back to help crown the champion among all international cricketers?

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What is it? Swann'll take it

Sep 29, 2010: England's best offspinner in ages is a man filled with burning ambition, a desire for responsibility and the spotlight, and the ability to produce fantastic punchlines

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It's a sad, mad yet glad season

Sep 15, 2010: Corruption and allegations may have soured this English summer but the success of youngsters on the county circuit warms the heart

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Sport's greatest evil

Sep 2, 2010: Match-fixing erodes the basis on which sport is founded, because it undermines uncertainty; which is why it is a bigger crime than the use of performance-enhancing drugs

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Selectors, sins and bins

Aug 18, 2010: Cook could return to form if he lets his hair down, while Broad could return to cricket lovers' good books if he keeps his shirt on

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The ultimate MVP

Aug 4, 2010: Murali was so far ahead of the rest, and so vital to his team's cause, it's astounding. The numbers tell the story

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Hurry up with the World Test Championship

Jul 21, 2010: It's going to be hard to squeeze it into the schedule, but cricket needs the context provided by a definitive tournament to crown the top Test team in the world

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The joy of neutrality

Jul 7, 2010: The trick is to find a balance between caring too much about your team and so little as to be unable to appreciate context and plot

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A midsummer's daydream

Jun 23, 2010: What if, decades from now, long-form cricket - with no time limitations - is bigger than football?

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Done in one day

Jun 9, 2010: Fifty years ago a county side was bowled out twice in a day. Compared to that, Bangladesh's Old Trafford loss doesn't seem so bad

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Headingley revisited?

May 26, 2010: Dissent in the ranks and divisive captains? The parallels with a legendary series from three decades ago are inescapable

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Willow patterns

May 12, 2010: The World Twenty20 has had high scores, good bowling, close finishes and impressive individual performances

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The importance of Misbah

Apr 28, 2010: Would Indian cricket be under a cloud if their side hadn't won the first World Twenty20? Maybe not, but it's not as if the IPL has been all bad either

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