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Rewarding times for Hashim Amla

Oct 31, 2014: The rate at which Amla has accumulated ODI hundreds and MoM awards is among the fastest in history. And his runs-per-innings figure is easily the best of the lot

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Younis Khan and the art of scoring hundreds

Oct 24, 2014: Out of 70 batsmen who've scored 15 or more Test hundreds only five are from Pakistan, but Younis Khan's appetite for hundreds matches that of some of the top contemporary batsmen

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Spin challenge for Australia

Oct 17, 2014: On their last three tours to India, Australia have problems with spin - both bowling it and facing it. The series against Pakistan is an opportunity to prove they have learnt from those experiences

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New rules, similar tempo

Oct 10, 2014: It's been almost two years since the four-outfielders rule was introduced, but while it has helped in boundary-hitting, the overall run rates haven't changed much

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Why Ajmal will be missed in the UAE

Oct 3, 2014: Saeed Ajmal has taken almost a third of Pakistan's wickets in the Tests he has played, and since 2011 his combined record in Tests and ODIs is unmatched among spinners

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Batting resurgence key to KKR's success

Sep 26, 2014: Prior to their 12-match winning streak, KKR had won only four of their previous 12. The bowling stats were better in the first phase, but the batting, led by Robin Uthappa, had led this revival

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85 Tests, 70 defeats

Sep 19, 2014: Of the 85 Tests that Bangladesh have played so far, they've lost 70 and won just four. Those stats are easily the worst among all teams when they'd played as many Tests

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Soaring in the 1980s, slumping in the 2000s

Sep 12, 2014: In their pomp, West Indies had a 53-13 win-loss record; in their last 99, it is 16-53. That, in a nutshell, shows how steep the decline has been

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England's problems against spin

Sep 5, 2014: Unlike other teams which play spin better, England have lost too many wickets to slow bowlers in the middle overs, suggesting a riskier approach to scoring runs

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Can keep, can bat

Aug 29, 2014: The modern wicketkeeper needs to be more than capable with the bat, and West Indies and Pakistan have had some success with them recently

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From support act to lead role

Aug 22, 2014: For many years Rangana Herath was the ideal foil for Murali, but over the last four years he has become Sri Lanka's strike bowler

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Big hundreds, a home superstar, and much more

Aug 15, 2014: Mahela Jayawardene had his problems overseas, but in home conditions he was outstanding, and for Sri Lanka he was a constant at No. 4 for 17 years

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Opening pairs in a slump

Aug 8, 2014: The average opening partnership has fallen significantly in the last three years, and in 2014 it's lower than the averages for all the other wickets except the ninth and the tenth

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An all-round ODI giant

Aug 1, 2014: Few players can boast the sort of numbers that Jacques Kallis achieved in ODIs; plus, he was Man-of-the-Match in the final when South Africa won their only ICC tournament

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Bhuvneshwar on course for super series

Jul 25, 2014: Only 15 times in Test history has a player achieved the double of 300 runs and 20 wickets in a Test series. Going on current form, Bhuvneshwar could well be the 16th

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A year for lower-order batting heroics

Jul 18, 2014: Lower-order partnership stats have remained remarkably constant over the last five decades, but there's been a huge leap in the first seven months of 2014

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India's opening conundrum

Jul 11, 2014: In the last three-and-half-years, India's opening combinations have averaged 18 per partnership overseas, with only one 50-plus stand in 35 attempts

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The Sri Lankan challenge

Jul 4, 2014: South Africa have a superb overseas record in the last few years, but in Sri Lanka their batsmen and spinners have struggled

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SL's seam attack, and NZ's wicketkeeper

Jun 27, 2014: Sri Lanka's seamers took 17 wickets at Headingley, their best haul in a Test outside Asia, while BJ Watling is proving to be a huge asset with the bat for New Zealand

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From pretty player to match-winner

Jun 20, 2014: The second half of Ian Bell's Test career has been a lot more fulfilling than his first, but he still needs to iron out his inconsistencies

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Well worth the wait

Zulfiqar Babar missed five seasons between his first two first-class matches, and was 34 when he finally made his Test debut, but he is quickly making up for all the lost time with his artful left-arm spin

Australia outdone in every way

Surviving into the final session of the last day cannot disguise the fact that Australia's continued inability to play spin contributed to an all-round thrashing

No Ajmal, no problem for Pakistan

When a team loses its best bowler, it is expected that the team's performance will suffer. As usual, Pakistan defied the expectations

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    The rate at which Amla has accumulated ODI hundreds and MoM awards is among the fastest in history. And his runs-per-innings figure is easily the best of the lot

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    The offspinner was Australia's highest wicket-taker in 2013, but his form has dipped sharply this year

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    Surviving into the final session of the last day cannot disguise the fact that Australia's continued inability to play spin contributed to an all-round thrashing

    Well worth the wait (36)

    Zulfiqar Babar missed five seasons between his first two first-class matches, and was 34 when he finally made his Test debut, but he is quickly making up for all the lost time with his artful left-arm spin