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Chasing glory in the IPL

May 30, 2014: Teams batting second have had more success than ever before this season, while batsmen have taken power-hitting to a new high in the slog overs

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Ian Bell's No. 4 challenge

May 23, 2014: Before Pietersen came along, England had struggled for prolific No. 4 Test batsmen since the mid-1970s. Can Bell step up to the plate?

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An IPL of two halves

May 16, 2014: The bowlers, especially the quicker ones, enjoyed the first leg in the UAE. During the India leg, though, the balance has shifted in favour of the batsmen

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English challenge for Sri Lanka's seamers

May 9, 2014: England is generally a pretty good venue for seam and swing bowling, but Sri Lanka's pace attack has always struggled there

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ICC team rankings

The battle for the top Test spot

May 2, 2014: While Australia have a great recent record, the ICC's ranking system doesn't take into account South Africa's superior overseas performances

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IPL 2014

The Maxwell phenomenon

Apr 25, 2014: Glenn Maxwell has been outstanding in the T20 format, combining perfectly the art of low dot-ball and high boundary percentage

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IPL 2014

Crunch time for Sehwag and Gambhir

Apr 18, 2014: The former Indian openers haven't been shining lately, but the IPL presents an opportunity for them to show their class

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Narine weaves his T20 magic

Apr 11, 2014: The West Indies offspinner didn't take too many wickets in the 2014 World T20 but he still made a significant impact with his economy rate

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Are the last five overs more productive in this World T20?

Apr 4, 2014: A look at the scoring patterns in this tournament, and a comparison with previous editions of the World Twenty20

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Umar Akmal's limited-overs exploits

Mar 28, 2014: The ability to play strokes all round the wicket against different types of bowlers makes him a high-value player in T20s and ODIs

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Spin in T20s, and the top batsmen against it

Mar 21, 2014: With the World T20 being held in Bangladesh, spin, and the batsmen who handle it the best, could well be the key for all teams

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The best batsman across formats?

Mar 14, 2014: Over the last five years, AB de Villiers has been the only batsman to average more than 60 in both Tests and ODIs

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The Warner effect, and Johnson v Steyn

Mar 7, 2014: A look at the key aspects that ensured a 2-1 series result for Australia in South Africa

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A run-machine called Sangakkara

Feb 28, 2014: He has been in awesome form against Bangladesh lately, but a stiffer challenge awaits later this year

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Johnson v Smith, and other such contests

Feb 21, 2014: The case of left-handed batsmen against left-arm fast bowlers, and New Zealand's batting high this season

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The toughest venues for openers

Feb 14, 2014: The average opening partnership in the last 11 Tests in Centurion is 24.41, but there's one venue where opening pairs have fared even worse

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England's batting star across all formats

Feb 7, 2014: Kevin Pietersen was a genuine match-winner and often rose to the challenge against quality bowlers

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India's bowling woes in overseas ODIs

Jan 31, 2014: All aspects of India's bowling have been a shambles in recent ODIs, be it pace or spin, bowling with the new ball or in the slog overs

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Pakistan's hunt for a wicketkeeper-batsman

Jan 24, 2014: In the last four years, Pakstan's wicketkeepers have averaged 19.44 in Tests, with no centuries in 59 innings - the worst record among all teams

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The best series for fast bowlers

Jan 10, 2014: Australia's fast bowlers averaged 18.35 in the home Ashes. Here's a look at other series where the quick men were utterly dominant

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