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The Friday column

First-Test blues, and chasing small targets

Nov 18, 2005: A rare win in the first Test of a series for Pakistan, and how teams fare when chasing a small fourth-innings target

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The extras factor, and Harbhajan's return

Nov 11, 2005: India's bowling performance at Rajkot was one of their most disciplined in the last five years, while Harbhajan Singh gets his home groove back

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Sri Lanka's overseas travails

Nov 4, 2005: Sri Lanka have an awesome record in home ODIs, but when they've travelled it has been a different story

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A new spin to ODIs, and Vettori's return

Oct 28, 2005: The Numbers Game looks at how spinners have performed in one-day internationals over the decades

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Top-order pickings

Peerless Pigeon

Oct 21, 2005: The Numbers Game looks at Glenn McGrath's penchant for ruffling top-order feathers

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Super Test - A stat preview

The McGrath menace looms

Oct 12, 2005: The Numbers Game looks at how the players from the Australian and World XI teams stack up against each other

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The Friday column

The unsung heroes behind the stumps

Sep 30, 2005: Statistically, it's tough to convert a wicketkeeper's performances into numbers which can be compared and rated. S Rajesh tries his hand at rating glovemen

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Left-arm swing and minnow-bashing

Sep 23, 2005: Sri Lanka's high percentage of matches against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh, and left-arm seamers against them

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The Ashes review in numbers - Part II

Of dropped catches and batting in pairs

Sep 16, 2005: How dropped catches hurt Australia much more, and England's key partnerships

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Dravid's lapses, and the dilemma of debutants

Sep 9, 2005: Rahul Dravid's tendency to get bowled in the last one year, and debutants blooded in by various teams

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The Man Fridays

Sep 7, 2005: Throughout the history of the game, the captains with the most wins have been those with able lieutenants who could execute the drawing-board strategies

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The Gilchrist factor, and subbed out

Sep 2, 2005: Why Adam Gilchrist's failure has been the biggest drawback for Australia, and dismissals by substitutes

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Home truths, and the greatest fast-bowling pairs

Aug 26, 2005: Which teams enjoy home conditions the most, and the best partnerships among fast bowlers

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Jones-Bond on the hunt, and Fleming's feat

Aug 19, 2005: Simon Jones and Shane Bond join the 50-wicket club, while Stephen Fleming gets to a milestone as well

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Lucky venues, and captain-centurions

Aug 12, 2005: Which venues have been good for which teams, and captains leading by example in an Ashes series

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India's ODI conundrum, and Australia minus McGrath

Aug 5, 2005: Four specialist bowlers or five, and how Australia have coped with Glenn McGrath's absence in the past

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Vaughan's batting horrors

Jul 29, 2005: How Michael Vaughan has struggled in both defence and attack over the last 30 months

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India's ODI slump, and Lord's lows

Jul 22, 2005: India's bowling in one-dayers in the last couple of seasons

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Vaas's batting heroics, and Aussie dominance

Jul 15, 2005: Chaminda Vaas's credentials as an allrounder, and Australia's dominance of Test cricket over the last six years

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Australia's best and worst, and Strauss's struggles

Jul 8, 2005: A contrasting time in England for Mike Hussey and Jason Gillespie, and Andrew Strauss's newfound tendency to get bowled

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