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Sportswriter and senior lecturer in sports journalism at the University of Brighton
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How soon before broadcasters have a say in selection?

Feb 22, 2012: Television has benefited cricket, but it is a relationship that can get far too cosy for the game's good

Rob Steen

In praise of zero tolerance

Feb 8, 2012: What cricket can learn from baseball when it comes to rooting out corruption

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Should we give the doosra a little leeway?

Jan 25, 2012: What if spinners were allowed to flex their arms 20 degrees while bowling?

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Beauty? I'll take edge, thanks

Jan 12, 2012: Rivalries become interesting when there's spice in them. Let's hope England and Pakistan won't disappoint like India and Australia have this season

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All hail the men of the year

Dec 14, 2011: Time to salute the players who made 2011 in cricket the year it was

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Punter's still burning bright

Nov 30, 2011: Ricky Ponting is intensely competitive but also unlikely to stay on if he thinks he can no longer contribute to the team cause

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South Africa v Australia? Now that's tasty

Nov 16, 2011: The two teams have been eyeballing each other since South Africa returned to international cricket. Theirs is the best rivalry today because it is a battle of wills

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When silence is mightier than the pen

Nov 3, 2011: Swann's criticism of Pietersen in his autobiography is another in a long list of players antagonising others in print - never been a wise thing to do

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The privilege of youth

Oct 20, 2011: Two promising new fast bowlers have given cricket watchers everywhere cause for cheer

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More meaningful T20, please

Oct 5, 2011: The shortest format is cricket at its most elemental and daring, and we need more of it - but only those games where people can be bothered to care about who wins

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Presenting the county awards for 2011

Sep 21, 2011: First-class cricket in England has been bright-eyed and rosy-cheeked for the last few seasons. And the one just concluded was truly special

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Better Galle than blandness

Sep 7, 2011: Why is a pitch that does a little too much deemed so much worse than one that's dead from day one?

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Being Andrew Strauss

Aug 24, 2011: There are more worthy goals ahead of England's captain still, but will he have the appetite for them, or the fortitude to keep self-doubt at bay?

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Clocks be damned

Aug 10, 2011: The seemingly outdated concept actually makes perfect sense in deciding the Test championship

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The case for substitutes

Jul 27, 2011: Why is cricket so resistant to permitting like-for-like replacements for players who are under-par and underperforming?

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The most compelling Test of them all

Jul 13, 2011: Context, quality, balance and drama make a Test memorable. Is there any one game that ticks all boxes?

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Two tier or not two tier?

Jun 29, 2011: The proposed FTP may seem unjust to some teams but the likes of Bangladesh won't have it worse than they already do; and maybe a two-tier structure is closer than we think

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Katich out of the bag

Jun 15, 2011: Players across sports have taken legal action for wrongful dismissal. The Australian opener could do the same, but financial compensation will hardly also bring a recall

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It's India v the rest of the world

Jun 1, 2011: Most Test nations and their players are in favour of using the DRS in international cricket. But will the BCCI succeed in influencing the ICC to decide against it?

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The bold and bountiful

May 18, 2011: What words would you use to describe Shane Warne's legacy to cricket?

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The themes of redemption and rehabilitation had been a constant companion for Pakistan in the build-up to what proved to be an epic first Test, but it was only in that moment of victory that the true significance of their 75-run win could be understood

Keep calm. Misbah is here

Pakistan's thrilling triumph at Lord's was underscored by their captain's serenity

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

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England played a full part in a compelling Test, but if they are to continue to evolve as a Test side the top order has to shape matches

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