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The Friday column

The Gayle-Ganga opening act, and England's profligacy

Jun 23, 2006: Why Chris Gayle and Daren Ganga deserve more time as an opening combination

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Second innings blues for the bowlers

Jun 16, 2006: Over the years the Indian bowling attack has been found wanting, especially when there's an opportunity to finish off a team in the second innings

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Indian spin twins in tandem, and Murali magic in England

Jun 9, 2006: Did the Indian think-tank make a huge mistake by not including Harbhajan Singh in the team for the first Test against West Indies in Antigua

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The best spearheads, and first-innings blues

Jun 2, 2006: A look at the bowlers who have taken a high percentage of team wickets as a proportion of the balls bowled

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The next Lara?

May 26, 2006: Ramnaresh Sarwan has outstanding ODI stats, but his Test numbers need some work

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India's amazing middle order

May 19, 2006: The key to India's wins in run-chases has been the manner in which their middle order has reacted to the pressures of getting to a target

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Too much cricket, or too much talk?

May 12, 2006: For all the talk about an overkill of cricket in the last few years, it's interesting to note that 2005 wasn't by any means the busiest in the calendar over the last ten years

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The myth of the improved tailender

May 5, 2006: Is the average lower-order batsman today better than his corresponding number from yesteryear?

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The most consistent and prolific batsman of all

Apr 28, 2006: Averages are a good measure of a batsman's calibre, but here's method which attempts to combine big scoring with consistency

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The difference between Tendulkar and Dippenaar

Apr 21, 2006: How averages are not so much a matter of getting starts but converting them, and the batsmen who thrive on not-outs

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Batting at the crunch, and outdoing the best legspinner

Apr 14, 2006: Which are the teams that are most affected by the pressures of batting in the second innings, and for which sides does it not matter much

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The new and improved Ntini

Apr 7, 2006: Makhaya Ntini has shown over the last 15 months that he can crank it up against the best batsmen in the world, while Pakistan's ability to come back from the dead was confirmed at Kandy

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Langer's landmark, and Ponting the pulveriser

Mar 31, 2006: As a crowd-puller, Justin Langer doesn't rank among the top names in a star-studded line-up, but his contribution to the juggernaut called the Australian cricket team has been immense

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Maestros on the decline, and Pakistan's double-whammy

Mar 24, 2006: Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara and Adam Gilchrist have all been struggling for runs for a while now. Is this their worst slump in international cricket?

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More than a wall

Mar 17, 2006: Rahul Dravid has risen from a good batsman to one of the world's best. His journey in numbers

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India's battle against left-hand batsmen

Mar 10, 2006: Do Indian bowlers struggle more than most against letf-handers, or are they generally toothless against most batsmen?

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Ashraful's battle to make his mark

Mar 3, 2006: Mohammad Ashraful has the talent, but consistency is one virtue he has struggled to achieve so far

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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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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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Is it time to rethink the toss?

Jon Hotten: Why not let captains decide what batting or bowling first is worth and use runs to buy the advantage?

    The bat-first advantage in Tests

Numbers Game: Since 2009, teams batting first have a win-loss ratio which is 61% higher than it was between 2000 and 2008

'Long-term aim is to have one officiating DRS system'

ICC CEO David Richardson speaks about the need for context in bilateral cricket, and the creation of qualifying leagues

    The one stat that makes Steyn stand out

What sets Dale Steyn apart from the rest of the 400-club? His phenomenal strike rate

Another T20 bash, another T&T win

Business as usual? Yes, but this year's tournament had other stories too - not all of them positive. By Colin Benjamin

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Cricket in colour - What's your favourite team kit?

Papua New Guinea's attractive team kit at the World T20 Qualifier, cool cap included, caught our attention. What's your favourite of them all?

4391 runs after 35, and 2354 outside top five

On Sunday, Tillakaratne Dilshan became the 11th batsman to score 10,000-plus ODI runs. Here are the key numbers from his ODI career

'I always wanted to bowl the last over of an ODI'

Former Australia fast bowler Damien Fleming on bowling in thrilling World Cup semi-finals, mastering the subcontinent, and taking on Tendulkar

Australia's soft centre exposed

The failure of anyone other than Chris Rogers to cope with the conditions at Edgbaston was another worrying sign of Australian fallibility abroad

Which country were they born in?

Quite a few of England's players over the years have been born outside England. Do you know where?

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    Succession issues prompt hard questions (65)

    Australia's selectors and management have been accused of being too harsh on Brad Haddin but the team's horrible display at Edgbaston suggests that they may actually have been too lenient, and not just on him

    The Ian Bell conundrum (62)

    Since the beginning of 2012, Ian Bell averages 34.69 when batting in the top six; among regular top-order batsmen, only Shane Watson has a lower average

    Mustafizur and the art of the cutter (59)

    What makes this innocuous-seeming bowler so difficult to handle?

    Be alarmed, be very alarmed (58)

    Death of a Gentleman exposes how neo-liberal economics threatens the game, while also hinting at worse lying beneath the surface, leaving you feeling disillusioned and angry

    Patience running out on Ramdin again (49)

    Should he be dropped from the one-day squad to Zimbabwe, it will be the latest chapter in the wicketkeeper's strained relations with the authorities in particular