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The Azhar Ali answer to Pakistan's top-order woes

Oct 2, 2015: In Pakistan's Test history, no player batting in the top three positions has scored 4500 runs; Azhar Ali is well on course to becoming the first

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Tough times for opening pairs

Sep 25, 2015: In the last five years, most teams have struggled to unearth stable and successful opening combinations, the one exception being Australia

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Bad tourists

Sep 18, 2015: Over the last ten years, teams have lost more than twice as many matches as they have won when playing overseas, a record which is much worse than in earlier years

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The new ODI template in England

Sep 11, 2015: Fifty-over games in England used to be relatively low-scoring, with the chasing team winning most often. That is no longer the case

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Ishant and Prasad turn lethal, and the tail wags

Sep 4, 2015: Ishant Sharma and Dhammika Prasad seem to have both turned a corner in the last 18 months, while tail became top in the recent Sri Lanka-India series

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Control C in the Ashes

Aug 28, 2015: Steven Smith, Chris Rogers and Joe Root were the leading run scorers in the Ashes, but another batsman had better control stats than all of them

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A colossus who ticked all boxes

Aug 20, 2015: Kumar Sangakkara's stunning numbers over the last decade puts him right up among the very best batsmen the game has ever seen

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The highs and lows of Michael Clarke

Aug 14, 2015: Over a career of more than 100 Tests, Clarke's numbers are outstanding along certain parameters, but quite ordinary along others

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The batting challenge for India and Sri Lanka

Aug 7, 2015: The upcoming three-Test series will pit two teams whose batting line-ups have several questions to answer

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The bat-first advantage in Tests

Jul 31, 2015: Since 2009, teams batting first have a win-loss ratio which is 61% higher than it was between 2000 and 2008

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The Ian Bell conundrum

Jul 24, 2015: Since the beginning of 2012, Ian Bell averages 34.69 when batting in the top six; among regular top-order batsmen, only Shane Watson has a lower average

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Smith v Root v Williamson v Kohli

Jul 17, 2015: They are clearly the next batting stars, and each of them has outstanding Test numbers since the beginning of 2013

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Has fourth-innings batting become easier?

Jul 10, 2015: Are teams finding it easier to score big runs in the last innings, or was Pakistan's outstanding run-chase in Pallekele a one-off?

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Anderson, Broad, and their Aussie battles

Jul 3, 2015: With the red Dukes ball, against Australia's current batting line-up, Stuart Broad has a much better record than James Anderson

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The year of unprecedented home domination in ODIs

Jun 26, 2015: Also: A look at Bangladesh bowlers' many recent debut successes in one-dayers

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New England setting the pace early

Jun 19, 2015: All sorts of batting records have been broken in the England-New Zealand ODI series, and the hosts' bold approach - especially in the first 30 - has been the main reason for this

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Pakistan's terrible run in ODIs

Jun 12, 2015: They have a dismal 24-43 win-loss record against the top eight teams since January 2012, and batting has been their biggest worry

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Chanderpaul's age-defying stunts

Jun 5, 2015: The standout aspect of Shivnarine Chanderpaul's Test career has been his consistency, and his prolific run even after he turned 35

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New Zealand's second-innings problems

May 29, 2015: The Lord's result further reinforces the notion that New Zealand - especially their bowlers - struggle to finish teams off in the second innings of Tests

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The bat-first advantage in IPL 2015

May 22, 2015: Teams batting first have a 31-23 win-loss record in IPL 2015; last year, they won only 22 games and lost 37

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Steyn v Anderson in Asia

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The makeshift opener who batted and batted

Thrust into the job in Kanpur in 2004, Andrew Hall gave an underachieving South Africa side belief that they could wear India down at home

Albie's best, Ashwin goes past Irfan

Stats highlights from the second T20I between India and South Africa in Cuttack.

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