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A run-machine called Sangakkara

Feb 28, 2014: He has been in awesome form against Bangladesh lately, but a stiffer challenge awaits later this year

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Johnson v Smith, and other such contests

Feb 21, 2014: The case of left-handed batsmen against left-arm fast bowlers, and New Zealand's batting high this season

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The toughest venues for openers

Feb 14, 2014: The average opening partnership in the last 11 Tests in Centurion is 24.41, but there's one venue where opening pairs have fared even worse

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England's batting star across all formats

Feb 7, 2014: Kevin Pietersen was a genuine match-winner and often rose to the challenge against quality bowlers

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India's bowling woes in overseas ODIs

Jan 31, 2014: All aspects of India's bowling have been a shambles in recent ODIs, be it pace or spin, bowling with the new ball or in the slog overs

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Pakistan's hunt for a wicketkeeper-batsman

Jan 24, 2014: In the last four years, Pakstan's wicketkeepers have averaged 19.44 in Tests, with no centuries in 59 innings - the worst record among all teams

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The best series for fast bowlers

Jan 10, 2014: Australia's fast bowlers averaged 18.35 in the home Ashes. Here's a look at other series where the quick men were utterly dominant

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Two captains, one milestone

Dec 13, 2013: Michael Clarke has the better overall average, while Alastair Cook's overseas record is better; both are among the best their countries have produced

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Dwayne Bravo's ODI slump

Dec 6, 2013: He is the captain of the ODI team, but Bravo's stats in this format over the last couple of years are anything but impressive

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Hafeez v Steyn, and other bunnies

Nov 29, 2013: Mohammad Hafeez has fallen to Dale Steyn 15 times in all international matches; in the last 12 years, no bowler has dismissed a batsman more often

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Is batting first such an advantage in Tests?

Nov 22, 2013: Since the beginning of 2000, teams batting first have won 217 Tests but lost 250, which goes against the bat-first philosophy that has always existed in cricket

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Older, fitter, stronger, better

Nov 15, 2013: Shivnarine Chanderpaul is 39, but over the last few years he has racked up some unbelievable numbers

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Have the new rules made ODIs an unequal contest?

Nov 8, 2013: The India-Australia ODI series was a relentless run-fest, but the overall run rates haven't changed much since the new rules came along

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Overseas masters

Nov 1, 2013: In the last six years South Africa have a 16-5 win-loss record in away Tests; no other team comes close during this period

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Australia's latest ODI batting star

Oct 25, 2013: George Bailey has played only 31 ODI innings, but during this period he has racked up astonishing numbers

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Chasing glory

Oct 18, 2013: Virat Kohli is already third in terms of most centuries when batting second in ODIs, but his rate of scoring them is unmatched in the format's history

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Williamson's drive to convert potential to performance

Oct 11, 2013: The break-up of his numbers indicates a preference for subcontinent conditions over those which support pace, seam and swing

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Rohit Sharma's work-in-progress ODI career

Oct 4, 2013: While the runs have come in 2013, his strike rate remains among the lowest of all current batsmen, which is surprising for a player of his ball-striking abilities

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The overseas problems for Hafeez and other subcontinent openers

Sep 27, 2013: Many openers from the subcontinent have struggled overseas, but Mohammad Hafeez's stats are among the poorest

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Younis Khan's 7000-run journey

Sep 13, 2013: He is only the fourth Pakistan batsman to reach that landmark, and all his numbers suggest that he belongs with Pakistan's best

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