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The case for flexibility in the Pietersen saga

Aug 20, 2012: Unity and stability are overrated, great teams are built around great players

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England v SA, 3rd Investec Test, Lord's, 4th day

Steely Amla shows substance over style

Aug 19, 2012: Hashim Amla is one of the rare stylists left in the game but it was his unwavering determination that brought him a valuable hundred at Lord's

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Your regular, everyday superstar

Mar 9, 2012: One of the great things about Rahul Dravid was how, without being falsely modest, he could leave cricket behind when off the field and connect with the world at a real level

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The Woolf report is well-meaning but naïve

Feb 6, 2012: Its most important recommendations aim to reduce the concentration of power in a few hands, which is easier said than done

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Goodbye to India's batting greats

Jan 23, 2012: This series was meant to be a fitting final trophy but has ended in tears. An era is over in more ways than one

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Australia v India, 2nd Test, Sydney

Festive Sydney a welcome change for India

Jan 2, 2012: The SCG Test has always been a part of the city's New Year's celebrations. Would it be too much to ask the cricket to match up to the fireworks?

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Can Kumble set a moral benchmark?

Oct 10, 2011: The accusations of conflict of interest against him don't have to bring him down; they could provide an opportunity for him to enhance his stature

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England v India, 2011

Learn the lessons of failure

Aug 24, 2011: Things are not likely to get better for India in a hurry. Those in charge of the game in the country must brace themselves and manage the descent as best they can

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England v India, 4th npower Test, The Oval

Are England great or India wretched?

Aug 22, 2011: A supposedly marquee series has grown increasingly surreal and thrown up plenty of questions

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England v India, 2nd npower Test, Trent Bridge, 4th day

India outclassed by better-prepared rivals

Aug 1, 2011: If India haven't managed to be the team they could have been, they must ask a few tough questions of themselves

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England v India, 2nd npower Test, Trent Bridge, 3rd day

Dhoni chooses grace over gamesmanship

Jul 31, 2011: MS Dhoni's decision to recall Ian Bell has set an example worthy of emulation

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India in England 2011

Trinity offer a Test match special

Jul 20, 2011: India's batting triumvirate of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman is set to make a final stand at the home of Test cricket as the clock winds down on the golden age of Indian batting

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Will more Sangakkaras stand up and be counted?

Jul 14, 2011: Players have more power than they think. More of them need to take a stand for the good of the game

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The ICC's decision needs a review

Jun 28, 2011: The men charged with running the game have settled on a compromise as old as the game: the boy who brings the bat plays by his rules

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The two titans

Apr 1, 2011: Tendulkar and Murali have followed parallel careers to become their countries' greatest players. On Saturday, in their twilight, they face off in the biggest stage of all

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India v Pakistan, World Cup 2011, 2nd semi-final, Mohali

Only a match in Mohali

Mar 29, 2011: Twenty-two cricketers will subject their skills and temperament to the toughest of tests; equally, fans in both countries will be on trial

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A hero even in defeat

Mar 25, 2011: Australia didn't bow out without a fight, and the man who was at the heart of their World Cup dominance made the strongest stand

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It's a bowler's game

Mar 22, 2011: The World Cup has been as good as it has been because batsmen haven't dictated terms

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How the World Cup got its groove back

Mar 20, 2011: It may be more by accident than by design, but this edition of cricket's showpiece event is already a success

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Keeping the world in the World Cup

Mar 5, 2011: The ICC can retain the prestige of its biggest tournament, and of its weakest members, by a simple elimination round

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Simon Barnes: How much truth is there in the notion that it rests with the team fresh off a victory?

Is sporting fandom a set of rituals or a relationship?

Ahmer Naqvi: Do you have to be obsessive in your love for the game to qualify as a true fan?

England reawaken Australia's demons

Jarrod Kimber: Australia are facing some familiar foes as they attempt to recover from their Edgbaston thrashing

    'We experienced what Barack Obama might go through'

Zimbabwe coach Dav Whatmore on the surreal and moving experience of being the first Full Member team to tour Pakistan in six years

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

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

Succession issues prompt hard questions

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

Mustafizur and the art of the cutter

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

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    Succession issues prompt hard questions (73)

    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

    Mustafizur and the art of the cutter (69)

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

    Buoyant England face tricky decisions (61)

    England's selectors can reflect proudly on their decisions for the Edgbaston Test, but they will really earn their money in deciding who replaces James Anderson and what to do about an opener

    Be alarmed, be very alarmed (59)

    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

    Small moments, big problems for Australia (58)

    Why was it that Australia put in such a hazy performance in a match that mattered so much? Of the two teams they are the more experienced, the more used to winning and entering this week the more confident