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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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Grey is the colour of the DRS

Mar 3, 2011: The review system is still mired in controversy, as the Ian Bell reprieve and its fallout show

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Saving the next Amir

Feb 6, 2011: The ICC's punishment may be hard on three talented cricketers but it was necessary to save the next one from falling into the same trap

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Australia in India 2010

A classic that lifts the shadows

Oct 14, 2010: These teams have the uncanny knack of producing great series when the game seems to need them most

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India v Australia, 2nd Test, Bangalore, 3rd day

The master decision-maker

Oct 11, 2010: Tendulkar's ability to assess risk and stay aware of every little detail are the cornerstones of his art

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The steel beneath the silk

Oct 6, 2010: The splendour of his batting sometimes distracts Laxman's admirers from the mental strength that is such a big part of his game

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Stop the tour, save the game

Aug 30, 2010: Cricket's decision-makers need to act firmly and decisively in the matter of the latest match-fixing allegations, for the sake of the sanctity of the sport

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Stop canonising Howard

Jul 5, 2010: Those who think John Howard would have solved cricket's ills, and ignore just why he was a divisive candidate, have got the wrong end of the stick

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An outcome that could drag cricket to the dark ages

Jun 30, 2010: Sure, a candidate can be rejected, but there need to be compelling reasons for doing so, and those need to be made public

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Indian Premier League 2010

Lalit's last hurrah

Apr 25, 2010: Modi made the dangerous mistake of trying to become bigger than the system that created him. The system has now ruthlessly cut him to size

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The out-of-form Shikhar Dhawan still has the backing of his captain, but there's no denying his slump has arrived at an inconvenient time for India and his technical issues have to be sorted out before they attempt to defend the World Cup

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Pietersen stars in his own muppet show

Kevin Pietersen's rubbishing of many aspiring English county professionals brings to mind the belief of Miss Piggy that "there is no one in the world to compare with moi"

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