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Former England, Kent and Middlesex batsman; writer for the New Statesman
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Why cricket's national stereotypes are outdated

Aug 8, 2016: We often tend to overstate certain characteristics of teams as permanent qualities, but a team's identity is constantly in flux

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What sport means to us

Jul 11, 2016: When you go to watch a Test, you participate in a ritual that is a part of civilised existence

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What has to be done to save Test cricket?

Jun 27, 2016: A two-division structure will give the format the shake-up it needs. It's important for fans of the traditional game to embrace change

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What is sporting achievement made of?

Jun 13, 2016: Records and victories matter, but not as much as the power sportsmen have to engage our emotions and imagination

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Welcome to the era of the total batsman

May 30, 2016: T20 has produced a breed of player who with his imagination, athleticism and technical mastery proves that scoring prodigiously and fast does not have to involve massive risk-taking

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Was Cozier the last of a golden age of commentators?

May 16, 2016: The sport and media landscape has changed so much that we may never have definitive voices like his ever again

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The World T20 and the battle for cricket's future

Apr 4, 2016: Who will win the war of techniques: the batsmen or the power hitters? Will timing triumph over muscle?

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The importance of Afghanistan's exuberance

Mar 21, 2016: The way they throw themselves into cricket with unfettered passion is a lesson to those of us for whom the game may have lost its freshness

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The torture makes the genius?

Mar 7, 2016: For all the perspective he gained later in life, would Martin Crowe have been the batsman he was if not for the disharmony within him?

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The clear-sightedness of Brendon McCullum

Feb 22, 2016: He was able to free himself of the pressure of looking in the rear-view mirror and instead set about building an expressive, audacious team

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Why T20 batting needn't be all about on-side power-hitting

Feb 9, 2016: George Bailey's technique shows that an alternative set of solutions is evolving, which are less derivative of baseball

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The figure a shot makes

Jan 11, 2016: It's about trusting yourself rather than premeditating events, achieving simplicity in a complex environment, and finding clarity in the midst of a contest

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Has sport ever had it so good?

Dec 29, 2015: The doomsayers may believe different, but sport is a more prominent part of our culture than ever, and fears of its decline are vastly exaggerated

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Sport is more about philosophy than we might think

Dec 15, 2015: The greatest competitive advantage, in cricket and other games, is the ability to use existing information better than the opposition - i.e. critical thinking

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Why blame culture is toxic for sport

Dec 1, 2015: Is ranting at players during team talks like bloodletting in the age of quack doctors?

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The man with no minus

Nov 13, 2015: In most sportsmen, extraordinary ability and strengths are inevitably accompanied by some inadequacy, big or small. Not so with AB de Villiers

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The pink ball isn't a risk, resisting change is

Nov 2, 2015: Test cricket will be under threat if there is resistance to experiments such as day-night matches

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How good would cricket be if we made the easy fixes?

Oct 19, 2015: The bad-light farce in Abu Dhabi should be a wake-up call to the ICC to be more proactive in enforcing rules that benefit the game at large

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The making of a sporting icon lies in the timing

Oct 5, 2015: The legend of great sportsmen like WG Grace, Babe Ruth and Sachin Tendulkar is partly to do with the eras they lived in

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Can sportsmen be called geniuses?

Sep 21, 2015: Mastery, playfulness, naturalness, style, wonder, mystery - all these concepts are relevant to the idea of genius. But is the term relevant to sport at all?

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