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

Beware the freelance cricketer

May 27, 2009: How long before board contracts are torn up? How long before Test cricket becomes a three-day game?

The case for a more inclusive Hall of Fame

May 13, 2009: Why the ICC's initiative to honour just 55 of the many greats who have played cricket is flawed

The shine's off KP

Apr 29, 2009: One of the most engrossing subplots of the Ashes summer will centre around whether Pietersen can go back to being golden again

Eight miles higher

Apr 18, 2009: The link between keeper and tail has become more important and has produced handy runs since the advent of one-day cricket

Twenty20: an earthly odyssey

Apr 1, 2009: The shortest format has well and truly come into its own and can no longer be sneered at

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The serene team culture cultivated by Misbah and his men shouldn't be allowed to be disrupted by a player with a tainted past

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Plays of the day from the fifth ODI in Ranchi

'I don't blame Arjuna for my early retirement'

Former Sri Lanka batsman Asanka Gurusinha talks about playing and coaching in Australia, and tactics during the 1996 World Cup

Dhoni's absence a guide to India's future

He's past his use-by date as a Test captain and keeper. India now have a chance to test Kohli's leadership skills

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