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The curious case of Shakib Al Hasan

Jan 20, 2017: His Test stats as batsman and bowler compare favourably with some of the best allrounders, which is why his second-innings dismissal in Wellington is all the more puzzling

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Australia's Mr Dependable

Jan 13, 2017: After 26 Tests, Josh Hazlewood's bowling stats are remarkably similar to those of Glenn McGrath

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The captain who raised his batsmanship

Jan 6, 2017: Among batsmen who have scored at least 2000 ODI runs both as captain and as player, only AB de Villiers has a higher difference in averages than Dhoni

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Can Sri Lanka up their game in South Africa?

Dec 23, 2016: Sri Lanka have generally struggled to cope with the pace and seam of South Africa's pitches, but they have an opportunity to make a fresh beginning with a young team

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Pakistan's pace problems in Australia

Dec 16, 2016: Pakistan's fast bowlers have traditionally been the biggest weapons for their team, but in Australia their numbers aren't so impressive, especially recently

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The unstoppable Ellyse Perry

Dec 9, 2016: Since the start of 2014, the Australian allrounder has made 17 fifty-plus scores in 23 ODI innings. No other player - male or female - has ever had such an incredible run

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The year of the wicketkeeper-batsman

Dec 2, 2016: Led by Jonny Bairstow and Quinton de Kock, wicketkeepers have averaged 40.79 in Tests in 2016, the highest in a calendar year since 1900

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Hashim Amla's batting slump

Nov 25, 2016: A batting average of 34.81 in his last 15 Tests means his career average is in danger of dipping below 50 for the first time since the Adelaide Test of 2012

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How the failure of Warner-Burns and Smith-Voges has hurt Australia

Nov 18, 2016: The two prolific partnerships have had steep falls this year

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Ashwin v Herath v Yasir v Lyon

Nov 11, 2016: While R Ashwin has the best average among the four, Yasir Shah has been outstanding given the conditions he has bowled in

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Is home advantage on the rise?

Nov 4, 2016: Home teams have been increasingly dominant in Tests over the last few years, but that trend has been especially visible when Asian teams travel overseas, and non-Asian teams come to Asia

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Stu will get you

Oct 28, 2016: Only two England players have won more Man-of-the-Match awards, and only two have taken more Test wickets, than Stuart Broad, whose next Test will be his 100th

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Can Bangladesh replicate ODI success in Tests?

Oct 21, 2016: Since the 2015 World Cup, Bangladesh have clearly lifted their ODI game against the top teams; now they need to do the same in Tests

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The Ashwin phenomenon

Oct 14, 2016: Key numbers from Ashwin's outstanding run over the last 15 months, including the margins by which he has outdone his peers, and his stats against top-order batsmen

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The ODI run-fest in South Africa

Oct 7, 2016: Since the start of 2012, the average run rate in ODIs in South Africa is 5.66, which is next only to the rate in India

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Outmatched and out-tossed

Sep 30, 2016: Over the last 12 months, overseas teams have lost 11 out of 13 Tests in Asia. They have been desperately unlucky with the toss, but have also slipped up in the third and fourth innings

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Why Ross Taylor needs to step up

Sep 23, 2016: Since the start of 2012, Taylor has a Test average of 55.26, but most of his big scores have come against the weaker attacks of Zimbabwe and West Indies

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Underwhelming in Tests, but superb in ODIs

Sep 16, 2016: Ramnaresh Sarwan finished with a higher career average in ODIs than in Tests, which amply illustrates the format in which he was more comfortable

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Why Australia are No. 1 and Pakistan are No. 9

Sep 9, 2016: The quality of their bowling attacks is a big reason why one team is the top-ranked ODI side, while the other is struggling to qualify directly for the 2019 World Cup

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How the ODI rule changes have affected run-scoring

Sep 2, 2016: And how England have transformed into a power-hitting one-day side

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