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The Friday column

Trial by spin awaits England

Feb 24, 2006: Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh will be licking the chops in anticipation of bowling to England's batsmen

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The Friday column

Shoaib Malik's resurgence, and hot chasing streaks

Feb 17, 2006: Shoaib Malik's batting has been quite exceptional since Bob Woolmer took over as coach, while India are closing in on the record for most number of successive wins when batting second&

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Why the Supersub isn't a super idea

Feb 10, 2006: The Supersub system hands over too much advantage to the team winning the toss, and must be changed

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Where toss is key, and Tendulkar's drought

Feb 3, 2006: The venues where losing the toss is a blessing, Tendulkar's slump in form and Dippenaar's rising stock

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Prolific partnerships, and one-sided triangulars

Jan 27, 2006: Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf are fast moving up the ladder among Pakistan's top batting pairs, while this season's VB Series is a rare three-way contest

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The Friday column

A lowdown on lbws

Jan 13, 2006: Has the frequency of lbw decisions increased over the years? The Numbers Game find out

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The Friday column

The enigma called Jacques Kallis

Jan 6, 2006: He has played almost 100 Tests, averages nearly 57, has scored runs against allcomers in all conditions, and was recently named the ICC's Player of the Year, but Jacques Kallis has hardly got the kind of acclaim you'd expect a batsman to receive after all

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The Friday column

Gilchrist's slump, and a year for the middle order

Dec 30, 2005: Adam Gilchrist's average slips to below 50, and a look back at what the numbers show in 2005

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Wag the tail, Indian spin and sticky Rudolph

Dec 23, 2005: Which team has relied most heavily on their tailenders to prop them, and Jacques Rudolph's epic against Australia

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Overdose for the officials

Dec 9, 2005: If you thought the players were the only ones suffering from a packed itinerary, take a look at the plight of the elite umpires

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Tendulkar v other top batsmen in run-chases

Dec 2, 2005: How does Sachin Tendulkar compare when India chase challenging totals in ODIs? The Numbers Game investigates

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A giant called Inzamam, and the new Shoaib

Nov 25, 2005: Inzamam-ul-Haq passes Javed Miandad as the highest century-maker for Pakistan, while Shoaib Akhtar is showing just how handy he can be with the willow

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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 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 revival of Australia's ODI fortunes

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How do you stop Smith?

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Why ball-tracking can't be trusted

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Wahab v Watson, the fury and the folly

For 30 minutes, everything else took a backseat, as the world watched in awe and fear, a fired-up Pakistan fast bowler mercilessly bullying an Australian batsman

From 110 to 150 kph, the Wahab Riaz story

As a six-year-old, he watched Wasim Akram at the 1992 World Cup and decided that he would be a left-arm fast bowler. As a man, he put on a show very nearly as memorable as Wasim's 23 years before

Wet weather dulls India's threat perception

The SCG might be India's preferred semi-final venue at this World Cup, but persistent rain in the lead-up has left them worried their spinners may not get the help they are widely expected to

The battle of the bullies

This contest brings together a belligerent bunch of brats and braggers from two countries that are so different, yet share rampant egotism and a high opinion of themselves

Dhoni masters numbers game to crack ODI code

Over the last few months, he has slowly moved from a flashy finisher, to a more measured risk manager

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    The battle of the bullies (236)

    This contest brings together a belligerent bunch of brats and braggers from two countries that are so different, yet share rampant egotism and a high opinion of themselves

    India swept away by Australia's depth (165)

    India's Plan A in this World Cup had worked flawlessly over seven matches. When they came up against the toughest opponents in the World Cup, however, they were left scrambling for a back-up plan

    From 110 to 150 kph, the Wahab Riaz story (155)

    As a six-year-old, he watched Wasim Akram at the 1992 World Cup and decided that he would be a left-arm fast bowler. As a man, he put on a show very nearly as memorable as Wasim's 23 years before

    Time slips by South Africa once again (147)

    It was Grant Elliott and New Zealand's time in Auckland. Not South Africa's. But the Proteas will leave this tournament wondering when that will ever change. Maybe next time.

    Wet weather dulls India's threat perception (140)

    The SCG might be India's preferred semi-final venue at this World Cup, but persistent rain in the lead-up has left them worried their spinners may not get the help they are widely expected to