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Former England, Kent and Middlesex batsman; writer for the New Statesman
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Cook's clarity breeds resilience

May 25, 2015: With his immaculate concentration at Lord's on Sunday, England's captain revealed his mental toughness. Whatever the sphere, the latter flows from the former

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Natural leaders are made in retrospect

May 11, 2015: There is no template for the perfect captain. Some of the game's greatest were not identified as such straightaway

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Follow in the bare footsteps of the Kalenjin

Apr 20, 2015: Champion runners from the Kenyan tribe show how the interventions of modern sports science can be counterproductive if relied upon too soon. Cricketers, are you listening?

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What did we learn from this World Cup?

Mar 29, 2015: That there is a place for proper batsmanship in ODIs, that New Zealand punch above their weight, and that taking wickets wins you matches

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Data is not the enemy

Mar 16, 2015: Taking the stats at your disposal into account does not mean your players cannot play a fearless and instinctive brand of cricket

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The World Cup needs the Associates

Mar 3, 2015: Our sport can never hope to compete with football unless it takes an expansionist view

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How much can a captain influence short-term performance?

Feb 16, 2015: Modern captains have less power than ever, yet they are still held overwhelmingly accountable for decisions and tactics arrived at by backroom consensus

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Why sport needs to be playful

Feb 2, 2015: The only way to win, in the deepest sense, is to enjoy playing

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Test cricket is on the brink of exhaustion

Jan 12, 2015: The rise of New Zealand is heartening, but the preponderance of whitewashes in the five-day game tells of cramped itineraries that demean rivalry

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It's not the plan, stupid

Dec 22, 2014: Good performances make all plans look good. The better team on the day always wins, irrespective of what was strategised in the dressing room

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Why poor leadership is about followers too

Dec 9, 2014: Players blame coaches for poor leadership, but often it's just a case of them being poor followers, or there being better players available for selection

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You can't bully cricketers into performing better

Nov 10, 2014: Lessons from a book that delivers insights on coaching and captaincy without once mentioning either

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Why the perfect technique is the one that disappears

Oct 27, 2014: The various acts that are involved in playing cricket well happen best intuitively, when we aren't consciously perfection in them

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A genius of self-belief and desire

Oct 8, 2014: Players achieve greatness in different ways. With KP, embryonic greatness poured out like incense

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What baseball can teach cricket about expansion

Sep 24, 2014: Cricket should look to not only shore up struggling and emerging cricketing nations but also to export the game with entrepreneurial vigour

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Does pure talent matter more in ODIs than in Tests?

Sep 8, 2014: It's one way to explain India's turnaround in the 50-over games in England

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What if Pietersen had played for England this summer?

Aug 25, 2014: Would he have fared better than the incumbent middle-order batsmen, Root and Ballance?

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How we misunderstand risk in sport

Jul 28, 2014: Aggression, defence, success, failure, innovation - they are all about our willingness to take risks and how we judge them

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How do you view sporting success?

Jul 14, 2014: Do you gauge it by rewards or in terms of the experiences accumulated on the way?

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It's time to stop treating umpires with contempt

Jun 30, 2014: Since players know they can get away with murder, umpires are often reduced to being a chorus

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The greatest Ashes Test

The Cricket Monthly: Tony Lewis, Malcolm Knox, David Frith, Rob Smyth and Alex Massie make their picks
TCM June issue

    Loss of Harris will change Australia's bowling plans

Ricky Ponting: Ryan Harris was a bowler for all roles, and his absence makes the Ashes a bit more difficult to call

    Centuries all down the middle, and the first Test cricketer to be born

Ask Steven also has: the most years between matches for Sri Lanka, and the overseas captain who led in the most Tests in England

How well do you know your Ashes history?

Twenty questions, 15 minutes. What are you waiting for?

A Hayden moment

Samir Chopra: The TV does no justice to some stunning pieces of work on the field

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Highest totals without a century, and dream ODI debuts

Also: the most team changes made by a country in successive one-day internationals, and highest individual Test scores in the second innings

No. 1: Matthew Hayden

Opening the batting on the former Australia captain's all-star Ashes XI picked from among his contemporaries: a burly attacker from Queensland

Dhoni and Kohli: a clash of ideologies?

The personalities and philosophies of India's two captains could not be more different. That makes for a tricky situation, which India's cricket administration must handle well

A squad without pace, keepers, or future planning

Five questions for the selectors who picked the second-string squad for the tour of Zimbabwe

Johnson back to intimidate with word and deed

At the age of 33, Johnson does not expect to be back for another Ashes campaign and, since being forced to miss last year's World Twenty20 with a toe injury, he has played every game as if it is his last

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