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Former England, Kent and Middlesex batsman; writer for the New Statesman
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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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Why newcomers steal the show

Jan 5, 2012: Debutants seem likelier to succeed these days than their established team-mates. It wasn't always this way

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The grittiest XI

Dec 21, 2011: Some players have talent; others make the best of themselves with sheer bloody-minded hard work

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Winning is everything? Sorry, no

Dec 7, 2011: In cricket, as in other sports, it's not about the statistics and the bottomline. It's about how much joy you give, how well you are loved and remembered

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Is there room for intellectuals in cricket?

Nov 24, 2011: There may be tensions between thinking and competing, but good sports teams are open to all kinds of players - including those who seem misfits

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Advice to cricketers: get a life

Nov 7, 2011: Having a pastime outside the game - say, writing a diary - can set you free from the tyranny of results and often make you a better player

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    The world record that nearly wasn't

Rewind: Twenty years ago this week, Brian Lara became Test cricket's highest scorer, but he almost didn't make it

    An archaelogical probe into the state of the game

Review: Gideon Haigh comes out with another set of essays that sound uncannily prescient about the way the game is headed

Blind cricket struggles for recognition in India

Despite recent successes, visually impaired players are not getting the backing that could turn them into professionals

    Crunch time for Sehwag and Gambhir

Numbers Game: The Indian T20 tournament presents an opportunity to both to show their class once again

The home invasion

Hassan Cheema: The Emirates have been Pakistan's home away from home for three decades. To see the IPL being played there must feel like betrayal

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UAE all set to host lavish welcoming party

The controversy surrounding the IPL has done little to deter fans in UAE from flocking the stadiums, as they gear up to watch the Indian stars in action for the first time since 2006

Attention on Yuvraj, Gambhir in IPL 2014

ESPNcricinfo picks five players for whom this IPL is of bigger significance

The watch breaker, and Malinga specials

The Plays of the day from the match between Kolkata and Mumbai, in Abu Dhabi

India: cricket's Brazil

It's difficult to beat a huge talent base exposed to good facilities, and possessed of a long history of competing as a nation

The captain's blunder

The Plays of the day from the match between Chennai and Punjab in Abu Dhabi

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