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

Who's up for Australia?

Mar 19, 2009: There's not too much good news for England as they look ahead to the Ashes

It takes two, baby

Mar 4, 2009: Six of the highest 13 partnerships in Test cricket have come in the last six-odd years; the last three months alone have produced six remarkable stands

Colly flowering

Feb 18, 2009: Reliant on heart and mind rather than reputation or limbs, Collingwood can be considered the ultimate over-achiever of his era

Harmy's way

Feb 4, 2009: Steve Harmison returns to his happy hunting ground, Sabina Park, today. A look at the most frustrating fast bowler of modern times

For the love of Duminy

Jan 21, 2009: Test cricket's very first Jean-Paul is a once-in-a-generation player marked for greatness, as his feats in Australia prove

In praise of empires

Jan 7, 2009: Eighties West Indies or modern-day Australia before they fell from grace - which was the greater side?

Monty's mountain

Dec 18, 2008: Panesar may be a talented bowler but at present he is no more than a moderate cricketer

Onward, men of Middlesex

Dec 10, 2008: Owais Shah and Andrew Strauss, both looking to prove their worth, will be crucial to England's fortunes in the Tests in India

The battle of the boards

Nov 12, 2008: The ECB's relationship with the BCCI has been particularly fractious of late; the best England can hope for from this particular contest is a draw

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    In Larwood country

Diary: Our correspondent makes his way from Trent Bridge to Nuncargate to find out more about one of England's most fearsome fast bowlers. By Sidharth Monga

    Pitching it up

How a medical charity convinced the MCC and the Swedes to help spread the message of cricket among kids in Afghanistan

    'I'd run to watch if Gower was playing'

Part six: Martin Crowe on David Gower's footwork and the steely determination beneath his elegance

    A tale of two SSC Tests

In 1993 and 2006, South Africa's bowlers had vastly different results in Colombo. Brett Schultz and Makhaya Ntini look back

Are you born to captain?

Nicholas Hogg: Are some people just made to lead and the rest to follow? Let's examine the case of the two Captain Cooks

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Defensive captains' extended test

The duration of the Test series will allow Alastair Cook and MS Dhoni to reassess the strategies, or provide enough time to get thoroughly exposed

India look for their Indian summer

Billboards are calling the series England's Indian Summer, but it is India who are looking for that period of warmth, redemption after the last whitewash, for they have seen how bleak the winter that can follow is

India's bowling leader conundrum

The present Indian bowling line-up will tackle its first five-Test series without the proven guidance of Zaheer Khan, their bowling captain. India had unravelled without him in 2011. Will they do better this time around?

Bevan's best, and a combined Indo-Pak team

A look back at five high-profile exhibition matches

Five key head-to-heads

From two embattled captains to the challenge for India's openers against the new ball, ESPNcricinfo picks five contests that could determine the series

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