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Former England, Kent and Middlesex batsman; writer for the New Statesman
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Tendulkar and the pull of love

Sep 4, 2013: Why does he keep playing? It has to do with belonging, and an abiding love of the craft, the discipline, and of mastery

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How do sports evolve and grow stronger?

Aug 22, 2013: The long-term survival of any game depends on whether it is popular enough to pay its own way

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England's magnificent seven

Aug 7, 2013: They may not possess Botham-standard superstars, but more than half their team consists of formidable players

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Australia: hubris, despair, panic

Jul 24, 2013: Clarke and Co find themselves where England were in the 1990s. But how did the two nations fall into such a state?

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Mickey's problem

Jun 26, 2013: Australia's recently replaced coach came up against an Australian cricketing culture struggling to come to terms with a new reality

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Why the Ashes are about identity

Jun 12, 2013: The greatest sporting rivalries are about groups of people trying to discover who they really are

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What the IPL can learn from Champions League football

May 29, 2013: One of these tournaments is rich, revered and rigorous in its demand for high standards. It's not the cricket one

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What matters: leadership, data analysis, culture

May 15, 2013: Three factors that can play an important role in a team's success

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It's not about selection or tactics, silly

May 1, 2013: Understanding causes is incredibly difficult. It is much easier to assume that easily discernible surface issues are the primary explanations for victory and defeat

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CMJ: broadcaster, writer, gentleman

Apr 17, 2013: Cricket's greatest friend combined courtesy with a strong sense of authenticity

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Why Cook's right for England

Apr 3, 2013: Or: the merits of long-term character over short-term flashiness

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No easy answers to the question of Test cricket's future

Mar 13, 2013: There has been plenty of talk of how to save the game's premier form, but we're nowhere closer to a solution

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What can colonoscopies teach us about cricket?

Feb 28, 2013: The way we remember players' careers affects our judgement of them

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Peaks or high plateaus: what makes a player great?

Feb 13, 2013: How do you measure success in sport? Is it about consistency or the ability to dazzle?

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The vexed task of managing player workloads

Jan 30, 2013: The row over rotation reveals several fault lines running through Australian cricket, and also within the professional game as a whole

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Should Tendulkar stay or go? The tough call may be the kindest

Dec 19, 2012: Conventional logic cannot be applied to players of his quality, but India will do its hero a disservice if it refuses to make a pragmatic decision

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The zone and the importance of imagination

Dec 16, 2012: A sportsman in the zone, like an artist, has both a wider and a narrower focus. He has the ability to be in the game and yet stand above it, seeing it clearly

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What made Ponting so tough?

Dec 6, 2012: His talent and ambition were polished and hardened by Australia's competitive cricket culture, and during his peak he was his team's biggest wicket

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The pragmatic art of Virender Sehwag

Nov 21, 2012: He has reached an understanding with his own flaws, refused to compromise his strengths, and stayed true to himself

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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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Australian cricket's two Indias

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The Ashwin blueprint for Lyon's success

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