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World Cup 2015: England

No country for folk heroes

Mar 2, 2015: The debate about whether Eoin Morgan should sing the national anthem is typical of an English culture that demands its cricketers be both free-spirited and happy to conform

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England news

Pietersen stars in his own muppet show

Jan 26, 2015: Kevin Pietersen's rubbishing of many aspiring English county professionals brings to mind the belief of Miss Piggy that "there is no one in the world to compare with moi"

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A crisis that defines the age

Nov 20, 2014: Never mind cricket's absence from free-to-air TV - changes in social attitudes, the demands of work, and an individualistic age are all contributing to a decline in participation

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England news

Morgan's warning must be heeded

Nov 16, 2014: Eoin Morgan's condemnation of England's Twenty20 competition has exposed the deep divisions between the ECB and its elite players on the future of the professional game

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India in England 2014

Anderson England's guilty pleasure

Jul 31, 2014: There is an uncomfortable recognition that the beauty of James Anderson's cricket comes with a professionalism that has been taken to the limits but weak umpiring has to share the blame

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England news

The answer is in the outgrounds

Jul 5, 2014: The revival of some of county cricket's outgrounds can give groundstaff at county headquarters time to improve pitches in the NatWest Blast

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England v Netherlands, World T20, Group 1, Chittagong

England's final humiliation

Mar 31, 2014: There is no cause to analyse England's defeat against the Netherlands, no need to search for explanations. It was beyond all that. All that is needed is a simple recognition that it was unacceptable

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Flower power and the demise of the machines

Feb 1, 2014: Criticisms of an over-reliance on data will sting Andy Flower, who must discover the more human side of analysis if he is to successfully develop the leadership potential of England's next generation

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ICC's revamp plans

On the verge of a diplomatic triumph

Jan 22, 2014: If the ICC revolution goes ahead, Giles Clarke would have completed a remarkable turnaround in England's relationship with India

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The Ashes 2013-14

Swann mistaken not to see it through

Dec 22, 2013: At their time of need, Graeme Swann has decided to desert his team-mates

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The Ashes 2013-14

Time for Trott to seek new truths

Nov 26, 2013: England's vast support network provides for a player's every needs. Perhaps in a curious way that is part of the problem

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England v Australia, 3rd Investec Test, Old Trafford, 4th day

Declare and be damned

Aug 4, 2013: There is nothing like poor weather and trying to gauge a declaration to mess with a cricketer's mind - just for once Michael Clarke should have asked the journalists instead

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England v Australia, 3rd Investec Test, Old Trafford, 2nd day

Warner revels in panto villain debut

Aug 2, 2013: Australia's moustachioed cricketing pugilist made an appropriately comedic decision to review his dismissal, to the delight of the Old Trafford crowd

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England v Australia, 1st Investec Test, Trent Bridge

Wrong place, wrong time, wrong call

Jul 13, 2013: Stuart Broad did only what cricketers have been doing for half a century - but doing it in the full glare of the Ashes has unleashed the sermonising

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The Investec Ashes 2013

Lehmann euphoria leaves England wary

Jul 1, 2013: The instalment of Darren Lehmann, a cricketing Falstaff who likes a drink and a chat, as Australia's new coach has given this Ashes its own particular zing

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England v India, Champions Trophy, final, Edgbaston

ICC must never betray fans again

Jun 23, 2013: The lack of a reserve day for the Champions Trophy final was a huge let-down by the ICC

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Champions Trophy 2013

Lots of rumour, but no hard evidence

Jun 15, 2013: The words of a former England captain turned commentator have sparked a controversy around the Champions Trophy hosts but, as yet, there is no hard evidence

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England's vexed problem with the IPL

Apr 19, 2013: Can't love it, can't quite ignore it, and the fact that it is pitted against county cricket only confuses matters further

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County news 2013

Online coverage lifts county game

Mar 21, 2013: The ECB has announced an official tie-up with the BBC to secure commentary on county cricket as online coverage becomes ever more important to the survival of the professional game

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England in India 2012-13

England enter new job-share era

Jan 1, 2013: England's one-day series in India will mark the start of a new coaching era with the job split between Andy Flower and Ashley Giles

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Letter to de Villiers

South Africa's captain needs to single out his players for attention and get them firing individually and as a team

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It has helped that India have a captain who has lasted as long as he has due to his approach of treating cricket for what it is: a game

Pakistan's bad cover version of 1992

The events in Brisbane may not matter much in the big picture of this World Cup, but to Misbah-ul-Haq and his men, it may yet be the spring board to repeat what happened 23 years ago

15 overs, 222 runs

AB de Villiers returned to give West Indies another hammering, this time at the SCG

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