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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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DLS or VJD?

May 15, 2015: The D/L method has undergone another modification and has a new name as well, but there remain areas where its results are iffy

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England's gem at No. 3

May 8, 2015: Jonathan Trott struggled in his last couple of series', but through large parts of his career he was superb for England at one-down

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Bangladesh's coming of age?

Apr 24, 2015: Bangladesh won each of their three games against Pakistan by comfortable margins, and their batsmen had a huge role to play in that

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The McCullum mystery in the IPL

Apr 17, 2015: Brendon McCullum has started the 2015 IPL in fine style, but his numbers in the previous seven seasons aren't consistent with his obvious attacking skills and talent

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Morkel's time to step up

Apr 10, 2015: The South African quick has been superb in limited overs, but he now needs to show he can take up the leadership role in Tests as well

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