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Penalty runs the best punishment for slow over rates

Jan 27, 2015: Fines and suspensions have had no effect. Awarding the opposition runs for every over a team falls short in a Test innings will definitely bite harder

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When Bedser bowled the Don for a duck

Sep 1, 2014: After receiving a pasting at the hands of the Australians during the first post-war Ashes tour, Bedser decided he had to think up a new delivery: the legcutter

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Of Scarlet, Fitteran, Cho, and others

Mar 21, 2014: Cricket nicknames have been a part of Australian cricket for centuries, and they don't look like they are going away anytime soon

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The best Test ground in Australasia

Mar 3, 2014: The honour belongs to the iconic and charming Basin Reserve in Wellington

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England's best since Laker

Dec 23, 2013: When in full flight Graeme Swann was a brilliant offspinner - third on the all-time list after Prasanna and Laker

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Madiba and the godfather

Dec 16, 2013: With the help of Nelson Mandela, Ali Bacher took cricket into the black townships of South Africa in the 1980s

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The other side of Ian Chappell

Sep 26, 2013: The former Australia captain, known for his tough and aggressive approach, turns 70 today

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A modern-day Benaud?

Sep 3, 2013: Steven Smith has the talent to become a Test-standard bowling allrounder, the best of his type since Richie Benaud

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The Oval: my spiritual home

Aug 21, 2013: Ashley Mallett looks back at his three Tests at the final venue for this year's Ashes

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The ghosts of 1956

Jul 30, 2013: Australia have been tentative against Swann's offspin. At Old Trafford, where history's greatest spin performance was delivered, they must watch out for him

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The Tiger and the Fox

May 8, 2013: Bill O'Reilly and Clarrie Grimmett were the greatest spin-bowling partnership of their age, and arguably the best in Test history

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A dark horse in the fast lane

Mar 31, 2013: The Ashes will be decided by the better pace-bowling attack, and Australia have plenty in that department, including the young sensation Chadd Sayers

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Maxwell could be Australia's X-factor

Feb 14, 2013: His all-round talents, especially bowling spin and batting against it, will be desperately needed in India

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Rotate against spin

Jan 18, 2013: In India, Australia's batsmen must counter slow bowling by trying to get to the non-striker's end every other ball

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Spin 'em hard, Herath

Dec 13, 2012: On Australian wickets, Sri Lanka's spinners will need to vary their pace and put their backs and fingers into it

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Another like Victor and the Don

Nov 22, 2012: Watching Michael Clarke's innings in Adelaide was like rewinding the clock to two other remarkable innings at the venue

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What's the matter with South Australia?

Oct 20, 2012: Though they've done well in limited-overs competition, they've floundered in first-class cricket for a number of seasons

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Five to do it all

Jul 10, 2012: Allrounders who could bat, bowl and sometimes field their sides to victory

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Quick picks

Jun 10, 2012: Five all-time great fast bowlers who had pace as well as every trick in the book

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Five-for

May 10, 2012: Modern spinners who could take any batsman on in any conditions and win

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