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The Friday column

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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Masters of the chase, and the most meaty strikers

Jul 1, 2005: Why England would prefer to bat first in the NatWest Series final, and Kevin Pietersen's outstanding one-day record

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Inzi the matchwinner, and super sweepers

Jun 17, 2005: Why Inzamam-ul-Haq is among the best in the world, and an analysis of the sweep stroke

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The drivers, and Kaneria's case

Jun 10, 2005: The batsmen who are most adept at playing the drive in the V, and the Kaneria-Lara battle

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Happy hookers, and Bangladesh's struggle

Jun 3, 2005: The batsmen who get the most of the hook and pull shots, and what the stats say about Bangladesh

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The fall of the Caribbean quicks

May 27, 2005: A statistical study of the decline of the West Indian fast bowlers over the last two-and-a-half decades

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Masters of the strokes - Part III

The cutting edge, and the Lara factor

May 20, 2005: A look at the players who execute the square-cut better than the others, and West Indies' fortunes without Brian Lara

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One-day wonders, and Boeta's run-spree

May 13, 2005: A look at batsmen who've preferred the one-day game to Test cricket, and Boeta Dippenaar's amazing run in ODIs

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Masters of the strokes - Part II

The masters of defence

May 6, 2005: Who is the batsman with the most secure defence of all? And who resorts to defence only as the last option? Read on to find out

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Masters of the strokes - Part I

The cover-drive kings

Apr 29, 2005: Who is the best cover-driver of all? And do left-handed batsmen really have an advantage? Here's an analysis

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The Numbers Game

Subcontinental giants, and runs in defeats

Apr 22, 2005: A look at teams visiting in the subcontinent, and Brian Lara's continued run-spree in West Indian defeats

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The Numbers Game

Overseas minnows, and Tendulkar's jinx

Apr 15, 2005: Sri Lanka's pathetic run outside the subcontinent, and Sachin Tendulkar's one-day runs in defeats

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The Friday Column

South African stodges, and batting with the tail

Apr 8, 2005: Perhaps numbers never do reveal the full story, but they tell a large part of it

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Black Cap collapses, and the Brown Bradman

Apr 1, 2005: Perhaps numbers never do reveal the full story, but they tell a large part of it

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McGrath walks the talk

Mar 25, 2005: Perhaps numbers never do reveal the full story, but they tell a large part of it

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The lucky batsmen, and the post-Australia trend

Mar 18, 2005: Perhaps numbers never do reveal the full story, but they tell a large part of it

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The lucky bowlers, and the luckless ones

Mar 11, 2005: Perhaps numbers never do reveal the full story, but they tell a large part of it

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Youhana steps it up, and Aussie appeals

Feb 11, 2005: Perhaps numbers never do reveal the full story, but they tell a large part of it

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Australia's finals spree, and Pietersen the Plunderer

Feb 4, 2005: Perhaps numbers never do reveal the full story, but they tell a large part of it

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Pakistan's opening conundrum, and Zim's super keepers

Jan 28, 2005: Perhaps numbers never do reveal the full story, but they tell a large part of it

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