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Former Hampshire batsman; host of Channel Nine's cricket coverage
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And then there were three

Mar 23, 2015: The final knockouts of the World Cup have the potential to be cricket classics

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Surprised by England's World Cup debacle? Don't be

Mar 12, 2015: Yes, the players are to blame, but more so the system that has sidelined the 50-overs format and turned it into a confused obligation

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Three issues the ICC needs to address

Mar 5, 2015: Cricket's governing body needs to resolve some problems pronto to make for a better World Cup for all

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Will New Zealand's momentum overpower Australia?

Feb 26, 2015: They only need to follow the example of their aggressive captain, who doesn't let insecurity undermine him

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All eyes on the big one

Feb 12, 2015: Cricket's top carnival has rolled around once more, bringing images of the past in its wake

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Lift yourself, ODI cricket

Jan 30, 2015: The format's future depends on how exciting the players make the main event

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Morgan must get England to show some edge

Jan 18, 2015: The way the England captain imposed himself in Sydney can teach his fellow batsmen about finding a bit of mongrel

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Stop embarrassing yourselves over the DRS, India

Jan 2, 2015: Rather than complain about the so-called ineffectiveness of the system, the BCCI should use its financial muscle to improve it

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A good time to invest in Smith stock

Dec 17, 2014: Australia's new captain is confident, gives off positive vibes, and has adapted his batting to show more responsibility without shedding his youthful bravado

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The spirit of Hughes, the spirit of cricket

Dec 4, 2014: Stop the rancour, stop the sledging, play the game and ignite the friendships that make it so special

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Give cricket's best brains a say in the game's future

Nov 20, 2014: What if commentators, former players, broadcasters, match referees and journalists pool their ideas and present them to the ICC?

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We need to make a Test championship work

Nov 6, 2014: The idea may have been shelved, but it's important that it's revived and made feasible

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No time for India and West Indies to squabble

Oct 23, 2014: Why the BCCI should use a carrot, not a stick, in its approach to the WICB

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A summer of reconciliation and redemption

Oct 9, 2014: Yorkshire's outstanding success, Jimmy's tears, the fightback against India - it was an English season where you didn't really a miss a certain someone

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The mighty Mr Pollock

Aug 28, 2014: Graeme Pollock has been among the top three finest players his country ever produced; and not far off that pace in the world rankings either

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England v India, 5th Investec Test, The Oval, 3rd day

One-day barrier to Indian Test progress

Aug 17, 2014: With too great an emphasis on limited-overs cricket, MS Dhoni's side have a set of skills and a level of concentration that are not commensurate with the necessities of Tests

Mark Nicholas at The Oval

England v India, 5th Investec Test, The Oval, 1st day

Cook on right side of Sliding Doors

Aug 15, 2014: England appear to be cruising towards a 3-1 series victory - but things could have been very different were it not for three coin tosses and a dropped catch

Mark Nicholas at The Oval

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

Young England growing up fast

Aug 9, 2014: The turnaround in England's fortunes since defeat at Lord's has been remarkable and testament to the faith Alastair Cook has shown in several new players

Mark Nicholas at Old Trafford

England v India, 4th Investec Test, Old Trafford, 1st day

Anderson bullies in the right way

Aug 7, 2014: Bowlers like to bully. Theirs is a job of blood and sweat and when the odds turn in their favour, watch out

Mark Nicholas at Old Trafford

Jacques Kallis retires

Kallis a standard-bearer for a nation

Jul 30, 2014: He made South Africans proud and he made the rest of the world stand up and take notice. He played at the highest level for 18 years and was the beating heart of many fine teams

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    What did we learn from this World Cup?

That there is a place for proper batsmanship in ODIs, that New Zealand punch above their weight, and that wickets win you matches. By Ed Smith

    New Zealand's greatest almost

Jarrod Kimber: Led by their fearless captain, New Zealand threw themselves at this World Cup and came as close as they ever have done to greatness

    'A Test team shouldn't automatically qualify for the World Cup'

Match Point: Michael Holding, Ian Chappell and Ajit Agarkar on ways to make the tournament better

    Chance for 'mediocre' West Indies to show up England

Tony Cozier: The incoming ECB chairman's pre-series comments could motivate the hosts to show the resolve that was lacking in recent months

When defeats haunt

Nicholas Hogg: In close matches you ponder over the what-could-have-beens; in a one-sided game, the past is put to rest quickly

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Wet weather dulls India's threat perception

The SCG might be India's preferred semi-final venue at this World Cup, but persistent rain in the lead-up has left them worried their spinners may not get the help they are widely expected to

From 110 to 150 kph, the Wahab Riaz story

As a six-year-old, he watched Wasim Akram at the 1992 World Cup and decided that he would be a left-arm fast bowler. As a man, he put on a show very nearly as memorable as Wasim's 23 years before

The battle of the bullies

This contest brings together a belligerent bunch of brats and braggers from two countries that are so different, yet share rampant egotism and a high opinion of themselves

Dhoni masters numbers game to crack ODI code

Over the last few months, he has slowly moved from a flashy finisher, to a more measured risk manager

Time slips by South Africa once again

It was Grant Elliott and New Zealand's time in Auckland. Not South Africa's. But the Proteas will leave this tournament wondering when that will ever change. Maybe next time.

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    The battle of the bullies (236)

    This contest brings together a belligerent bunch of brats and braggers from two countries that are so different, yet share rampant egotism and a high opinion of themselves

    India swept away by Australia's depth (183)

    India's Plan A in this World Cup had worked flawlessly over seven matches. When they came up against the toughest opponents in the World Cup, however, they were left scrambling for a back-up plan

    Time slips by South Africa once again (147)

    It was Grant Elliott and New Zealand's time in Auckland. Not South Africa's. But the Proteas will leave this tournament wondering when that will ever change. Maybe next time.

    Wet weather dulls India's threat perception (140)

    The SCG might be India's preferred semi-final venue at this World Cup, but persistent rain in the lead-up has left them worried their spinners may not get the help they are widely expected to

    The greatest time of our lives (135)

    Whatever happens, the Australia-New Zealand World Cup final at the MCG will be the most divine fun