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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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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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Being McCullum

The New Zealand captain has found a way of keeping his instincts free and fearless while offering real gravitas, and that is quite something to behold. By Jon Hotten

    Cheers to England's leftist leaning

Rob Steen: Their distrust of left-hand batsmen goes back centuries, but the current Test squad belies that bias entirely

Faces of transformation

The Cricket Monthly: Tristan Holme and Luke Alfred find that stories, more than arguments, illuminate the complexities of South Africa's racial quotas
TCM May issue

    Keith and Marjorie

Tales of a dashing airman-cricketer in wartime, from a lady who knew him then. By Alan Butcher

Playing alongside Adam Sanford

Eleven Tests and 30 wickets for West Indies, and a stand at Windsor Park named after him. And he now plays club cricket in the USA. By Scott Oliver

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'I made it clear that I was here to win the IPL'

Ricky Ponting talks about Mumbai Indians' amazing turnaround, his relationship with Harbhajan Singh, and being part of perhaps the most star studded coaching line-up in cricket

'There's too much lip service about the sanctity of Test cricket'

Michael Holding on his regrets over West Indies' behaviour in New Zealand in 1980, why Mohammad Amir deserves a second chance, and how crazy workloads are killing cricket

MI thrill with typical bouncebackability

In the second half of the tournament, at every training huddle, players were told treat each match as a final. That resonated with Mumbai's talismans who lifted their games admirably

Short format, long partnerships

The five pairs who have added the most runs in Twenty20s

'I have moved on and I am not afraid' - Ahsan Raza

Pakistan umpire Ahsan Raza suffered severe injuries during the attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore. Six years later, he is eager to officiate his first international game at home

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