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Former England, Kent and Middlesex batsman; writer for the New Statesman
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What will the BCCI do with all its power?

Nov 7, 2012: The Indian board must think about its responsibilities and legacy

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Is sport an art?

Oct 24, 2012: It may have more in common with craft, but it does also provide timeless stories and reveal elements of the human condition

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Are West Indies bound upwards at last?

Oct 10, 2012: Asking them to regain the heights of the 1980s would be too much, but they can still be a force in international competition

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How do you play cricket without becoming a machine?

Sep 26, 2012: The challenge for most cricketers- and other sportsmen - is to retain their personality while getting better at the game

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The art of captaincy: catching the mood of the moment

Sep 12, 2012: Leadership of cricket teams involves a fair amount of a sort of luck

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South Africa's bookends rank them up with the best

Aug 29, 2012: They aren't just a decent side who managed to make it to No. 1

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The master of being himself

Aug 15, 2012: Andrew Strauss doesn't pose, shout, or try to shove all his players into one mould. Being his own man may just be his greatest virtue

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How did England go from great to godawful?

Aug 1, 2012: It's a disease that afflicts all teams these days - of too much cricket and too much travel

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What's so wrong with negative fields anyway?

Jul 4, 2012: When England set cautious fields they are called tactically naïve; but they win

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Were things really better back in the day?

Jun 20, 2012: While nostalgia can skew anyone's judgement, it's just as much a fallacy to think that all aspects of a sport are always improving

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The Bresnan effect

Jun 6, 2012: What makes some players talismans, in whose presence their teams play better than they would otherwise?

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Coaches don't win matches

May 9, 2012: They may be the ones who front up at the post-match press conferences, but they're not really in control of the matters they answer questions about

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Who'd have thunk it?

Apr 25, 2012: Predicting how a player is going to perform has always been a tricky business

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When is poor form just randomness?

Apr 11, 2012: How can we tell coincidence from errors of approach and application? It's a question of judgement

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What makes cricketers superstitious?

Mar 28, 2012: In a game where so many variables are outside a player's control, the value of superstition as a crutch cannot be overestimated

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A gentleman champion of timeless steel and dignity

Mar 13, 2012: A whole strand of the game - a rich vein that runs through cricket's poetic heart - departs the scene with one of the all-time great No. 3s

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It's all up to Morgan

Feb 29, 2012: For much of his career, Eoin Morgan has had the door opened welcomingly wide for him. No longer

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Captaincy: not what you might think it is

Feb 15, 2012: Leadership isn't a quality, or about field placings. It is an effect that a player has on a group

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The problem's not Test cricket, it's bad Test cricket

Feb 2, 2012: It is the product that matters. If the interest in Test cricket is declining, it is because the standard is not all that high

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What we could learn from Warner

Jan 18, 2012: Far from being the downfall of Test match technique, T20 may actually help batsmen get into good habits for the long form

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From Constantine to Chanderpaul

As West Indies play their 500th Test, here's an interactive journey through their Test history

'My kind of bowling style is gone now'

Former New Zealand seamer Gavin Larsen talks about wobbly seam-up bowling, the 1992 World Cup, and his role in the next tournament

Busy keepers, and Waqar's bowleds

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Soaring in the 1980s, slumping in the 2000s

In their pomp, West Indies had a 53-13 win-loss record; in their last 99, it is 16-53. That, in a nutshell, shows how steep the decline has been

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