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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 crisis the IPL needed

Apr 20, 2010: The controversy surrounding the league is a chance for the Indian board to set its house in order

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