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Sportswriter and senior lecturer in sports journalism at the University of Brighton
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When the brand's bigger than the player

Apr 14, 2010: Yuvraj Singh's celebrity is disproportionate to his achievements on the field, and his recent sulk brought that truth into focus

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Reconstitutional crisis

Mar 31, 2010: There is merit in converting the County Championship into conferences, like in the NBA; the ECB must consider it along with a compromise with the Champions League over scheduling

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The fine art of Bumbling

Mar 17, 2010: Coverage of the IPL and ICC events has become tedious in the extreme, with banal, cliché-ridden, hyperbolic commentary. More reason why we ought to treasure the likes of David Lloyd

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The perils of promise

Mar 4, 2010: Plenty of players have been doomed over the years by the burden of expectation. Here's hoping Shakib Al Hasan does not become a member of the club

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Aura Australialis

Feb 18, 2010: Reports of Australia's descent into mortality have been greatly exaggerated

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Make the third umpire proactive

Feb 3, 2010: It may disempower the two men on the field but failing to do so could make them unbending, self-protecting not-outers instead

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Why all the doom and gloom?

Jan 20, 2010: England have done surprisingly well over the season just past. It's not the end of the world for them by a long chalk

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The vincible and the untouchable

Nov 25, 2009: Records that are vulnerable to the passage of time, and those that are safe forever

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The decade of entertainment

Nov 11, 2009: There's been plenty to moan about in the 2000s, but the cricket itself has been mostly exciting, less draw-prone, and more unpredictable

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Death by circumstance

Oct 28, 2009: It's hard not to feel sympathy for the former England coach, who has conducted himself with dignity amid the stone-throwing

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More innings, more fun

Oct 14, 2009: The way to go to save the ODI would be to get rid of the various artificial restrictions and have four innings

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Anyone for England?

Sep 30, 2009: Should cricket adopt soccer's six-five rule, where the majority of the members of any national team would have to have been schooled in the country?

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Strauss for the title

Sep 16, 2009: It's hard to look beyond England's captain when you're picking the top cricketer of the last 12 months

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Johnny Wardle and the importance of being memorable

Sep 2, 2009: He's in the top seven in the all-time bowling averages, top four by economy-rate. Turns out that's not enough to fetch him a place on the shortlist for an England all-time XI

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The Bell question

Aug 19, 2009: In not just retaining faith in him but promoting him to first-drop, England's selectors have been brave way beyond the call of duty

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Faster, stronger, uglier

Aug 5, 2009: Why has cricket deteriorated aesthetically even as it has improved as a spectacle?

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Right said Fred

Jul 22, 2009: Can Flintoff emulate Botham by helping recapture the urn for a second time, as the latter did in 1985?

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The biggest day in Welsh cricket

Jul 8, 2009: Andrew Strauss wondered how a match played in Cardiff could give England any home advantage, but few will begrudge Wales its moment in the sun

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Tradition v survival

Jun 25, 2009: Don't double up in horror: day-night Tests, coloured clothing and the white ball could be the saviours of the first-class game

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Who rates the fielders?

Jun 10, 2009: Is Dravid as good a catcher as Mark Waugh was? There's no objective way to tell. Surprisingly for a game that can boil most achievements down to cold stats, fielding is mostly overlooked

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Numbers Game: The Indian T20 tournament presents an opportunity to both to show their class once again

The rise of the Associates

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    The choking problem

Martin Crowe: If they are to live up to their potential in next year's World Cup at home, New Zealand need to look within

    Impressing Viv and Greg

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Who'll bring Pakistan back to financial health?

Kamran Abbasi: It's unlikely the money the PCB gets from the ICC revamp will be used to grow Pakistan cricket

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