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New-look Amla breaks South Africa's No. 3 jinx

Jan 9, 2009: Hashim Amla made a slow start to his Test career, but over the last year he has grown immensely in stature

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The year of South Africa and Graeme Smith

Jan 2, 2009: The year of the IPL also contained some truly memorable moments from Test cricket. We look back at the important numbers from 2008

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A lowdown on fourth-innings run-chases

Dec 19, 2008: Of late, sides have achieved targets batting last far more often than they used to

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Does Kallis really go missing against Australia?

Dec 12, 2008: His overall stats against Australia are admittedly modest: in 18 Tests he averages only 38.32, but since 2000, his numbers have been much better

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New Zealand's dismal batting slump

Dec 5, 2008: Vettori's side have lost 11 of their last 15 Tests against opposition than Bangladesh, and the reason for that has primarily been their hopeless batting

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England's ODI woes, and lefties at the slog

Nov 28, 2008: England have had a particularly tough time in ODIs in India over the last decade, and the problem has primarily been the bowling

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Bangladesh's dismal batting slide

Oct 31, 2008: It's been eight years since Bangladesh made their Test debut, and while they've had several results to celebrate in ODIs during this period, their performances in the longer version has largely been dire

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How good is the Sehwag-Gambhir pair?

Oct 24, 2008: India's current openers have performed exceptionally at the top of the order, producing numbers that suggest India may have found a long-term combination

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The Ganguly story in numbers

Oct 10, 2008: After his 12-year international career, the stats indicate that Sourav Ganguly has largely fulfilled the potential that was obvious in his Test debut

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Overseas spinners and their woes in India

Oct 3, 2008: Indian tracks are known to aid spin, but visiting slow bowlers have struggled to turn on the magic over the last two decades

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Ponting's shot at redemption, and Hayden's rare feat

Sep 26, 2008: Why Australia's captain could turn around his poor record in India, and openers who haven't been out caught-behind too often

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Why Australia will miss Symonds in India

Sep 19, 2008: Andrew Symonds' ability to score big quickly and handle spinners competently suggests his team will miss him in India

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Great at No. 5, slouches elsewhere

Sep 12, 2008: Flintoff's remarkable recent form with the bat in ODIs against South Africa continued an extremely successful period for England's No. 5 batsmen

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Bad times for Dravid and Kallis, and England's new No. 3

Sep 5, 2008: Kallis and Dravid have been the mainstays of their batting orders for a while now, but 2008 has been a particularly bad year for both

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Call correct, call the shots

Aug 29, 2008: At some venues hosting day-night ODIs, just winning the toss might be enough

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Livewire in a graveyard

Aug 22, 2008: Surrounded by the subcontinental deathbeds, Dambulla has been the best ODI venue for bowlers

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India's middle-order blues

Aug 15, 2008: How Murali and Mendis brought about one of the worst batting displays by the Indian middle order in the last 40 years

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Why it pays to open in Sri Lanka

Aug 1, 2008: The strength of Sri Lanka's spin attack has meant opening partnerships have yielded more runs for overseas teams than those in the middle and lower orders

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England's problems with No. 6

Jul 25, 2008: England have struggled with one batting slot for more than 20 years

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Ntini and his first-Test blues

Jul 18, 2008: The difference between Makhaya Ntini's bowling average in first and second Tests of series is more than ten runs per wicket

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