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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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Tendulkar transcends the format

Apr 9, 2010: To watch the master in Chennai was to be reminded of how he unites India, and also of how his batting has remained pure, even in Twenty20

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Sehwag more destructive than Richards

Dec 4, 2009: Time to cut out the buts and salute Sehwag for what he is: one of the greats of batting

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There's nothing quite like Test cricket

Nov 30, 2009: Dunedin produced the best cricket match of the year, and there has been reaffirmation that the highest form still has its takers

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Australia v New Zealand, ICC Champions Trophy, final, Centurion

Australia find men for all seasons

Oct 6, 2009: The past couple of years haven't been easy for Australia but they have proved again that champion sides are rarely so by coincidence

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South Africa's strength is their weakness

Oct 5, 2009: Why the ability to formulate a plan and stick to it may be at the root of South Africa's failures in multi-team tournaments

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Australian intimidation blows England away

Oct 3, 2009: England felt the full force of Australia's aggression as Ponting and Watson turned executioners on the field

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India's jigsaw lacks more than missing pieces

Sep 30, 2009: Being knocked out of the Champions Trophy will not be futile if India carry back a few lessons

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South Africa v England, Group B, Centurion

War hero Smith shadows the pain of defeat

Sep 27, 2009: Graeme Smith's hobble back to the dressing room must rank as the most moving moment of this tournament so far

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