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The Warner way

Nov 27, 2015: Australia have had a rich tradition of left-hand opening batsmen, and David Warner is a worthy addition to that list

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Kane Williamson's meteoric rise

Nov 20, 2015: He was always seen as an exceptional talent, but over the last couple of years he has justified those lofty expectations

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The complete batsman

Nov 13, 2015: AB de Villiers has conquered different formats and different conditions, and his Test average of 61.67 in the last eight years makes him the best in this format as well

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Cook's phenomenal numbers in Asia

Nov 6, 2015: England's captain finished with a 50-plus average for the fifth time in eight series in Asia, and proved yet again he is among the best in these conditions

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Steyn's Asian marvel

Oct 30, 2015: South Africa's phenomenal success in the continent is largely owed to the leader of their pace attack

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Unconventional and extraordinary

Oct 23, 2015: Virender Sehwag didn't play by the textbook, but he achieved incredible things over a career that lasted more than a decade

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A match-winner in all conditions

Oct 16, 2015: India isn't renowned for producing many world-class seam and swing bowlers, but Zaheer Khan was clearly among the best during his best years

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The Asian challenge for England's batsmen

Oct 9, 2015: Ian Bell's form could be a key factor for England if they are to reverse the results of 2012 in the UAE

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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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