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Sportswriter and senior lecturer in sports journalism at the University of Brighton
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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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    Open with Rohit and Binny, with Kohli at No. 3

Ian Chappell: India's batting is going the way of their bowling, and they need get their order sorted before the World Cup

    Dressing-room discontent weighs Holder down

Tony Cozier: The young WI captain must challenge the indifference shown by several of his senior players

    'I'd get rid of warm-ups in cricket'

Samit Patel also doesn't like hotel rooms without WiFi and running singles

    An order for an overhaul

Sambit Bal: The tenor of the Supreme Court verdict on the IPL corruption case is unambiguous, and it makes clear that it's time for the BCCI to look within

What do we talk about when we talk about aggression?

Alex Bowden: Why do people think players who get up in the opposition's faces also have aggressive approaches in their cricket?

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Kohli at No. 4 - defensive or practical?

It seems Virat Kohli is to not bat before the 12th or 13th over to strengthen the middle and the lower middle order. It suggests a lack of confidence in what was supposed to be India's strength in their title defence: their batting

44 balls, 16 sixes, 149 runs

Stats highlights from an incredible day in Johannesburg, where AB de Villiers smashed the record for the fastest ODI ton

On TV it looks uglier than it actually is

Often reasonable arguments on the field look nasty beyond the boundary and on camera

Why cricket needs yellow and red cards

David Warner's repeated transgressions tell us that the game has a discipline problem that has got out of hand

'Teams can't have set formula' - Dravid

In the first episode of Contenders, a special ten-part buildup to the 2015 World Cup, Rahul Dravid and Graeme Smith discuss the impact of local conditions on team compositions and the issues surrounding the format of the tournament

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