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Former England, Kent and Middlesex batsman; writer for the New Statesman
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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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In praise of the old dog

Aug 25, 2015: Sometimes it just makes sense to pick an in-form player in his 30s than a younger alternative

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Captaincy: why authenticity matters

Aug 10, 2015: In the hare-and-tortoise comparison of Clarke and Cook, we must not lose sight of the fact that one man's methods are not necessarily better than the other's

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Selection: the most underrated force in a team's fortunes

Jul 28, 2015: Once the players are out on the pitch, they are on their own - which makes it important to get the right ones out there in the first place

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England and the importance of optimism and innocence

Jul 13, 2015: Momentum isn't only about winning sessions in a row. It is a direct result of the kind of players you pick

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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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James Faulkner talks about the IPL, his slower balls, bouncing back from a drunk-driving episode, and bad haircuts

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In a little over 12 months, he has firmly established himself as a top-notch bowler, and the captain's go-to man in the toughest situations

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