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Former Hampshire batsman; host of Channel Nine's cricket coverage
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Matt Renshaw's excellent adventure

Nov 30, 2016: You only needed to watch Australia's youngest debutant in Adelaide to know that the playing of cricket brings joy

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Australia can find a way out of the darkness

Nov 16, 2016: The key is for them to see an opportunity in the chaos that engulfs them

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Watch out for South Africa's bowlers

Nov 2, 2016: Steyn, Philander, Morkel and Rabada come from a long, proud line of fast men, and they'll present Australia with a stern challenge

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How Dolly changed the colour of our sport

Oct 28, 2016: To better appreciate the value of quotas in sport, take a look again at Basil D'Oliveira's story

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Durham must be saved and rebuilt

Oct 13, 2016: It is difficult to be sure that the punishment of relegation fit Durham's crime (if crime it was), but the points penalty undermines the cricketers and the supporters

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Here's to England

Sep 29, 2016: The summer just past, including the thrilling finale of the County Championship, have provided much reason for fans to celebrate

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City-based T20? Give it a shot

Sep 16, 2016: England has for long needed a T20 tournament modelled on the IPL and BBL. If one comes to be, as it looks likely to, it could shake up the domestic game for the better

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England's tour to Bangladesh will be an inspiration to the game

Sep 6, 2016: While it's up to each player to make his own decision to travel or not, there are plenty of reasons to go ahead with the tour

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England's limitless future

Aug 31, 2016: In ODIs they have a line-up packed with power hitters down to the lower order. The 444 was not as much of a surprise as it might at first seem

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England v Pakistan, 4th Test, The Oval, 4th day

Edgbaston emotions colour the series finale

Aug 14, 2016: England looked tired after their victory in the third Test, and Pakistan looked energised by the need to respond. The upshot was telling at The Oval

Mark Nicholas at The Oval

England v Pakistan, 1st Test, Lord's, 4th day

Masters of making the ball talk

Jul 17, 2016: The one constant in Pakistan cricket is the inherent quality and variety of the bowling. The use of the ball, its leather and its seam, is a culture, forensically explored and widely envied

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England v Pakistan, 1st Test, Lord's, 2nd day

The redemption of Mohammad Amir

Jul 15, 2016: Amid the nervous tension, frustration and elation, Mohammad Amir finally drew a line under his Lord's story

Mark Nicholas at Lord's

England's dressing room of smiles

Jul 7, 2016: It is a time of fine leadership, strong management and uncomplicated coaching for them. For Sri Lanka, not so much

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Give the World Test Championship a chance

Jun 23, 2016: Test cricket needs to be given back to the people. Everybody must buy in to this bigger picture or the moment will pass us by

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England v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Chester-le-Street, 4th day

England's guardian joins 10K club

May 30, 2016: The youngest among a bloody-minded dozen, Alastair Cook was marked out for greatness more than a decade ago - and there is still more to come

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England v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Chester-le-Street, 1st day

Stance and style set England batsmen apart

May 27, 2016: England's top five is dominated by four right-handed batsmen with modern stances but very contrasting styles

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England v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Headingley, 3rd day

The return of the outswing

May 21, 2016: James Anderson has fantastic variation to his bowling, but the value of the stock ball should never be underestimated

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Give us some of the spirit of '84

May 19, 2016: Thirty-something years ago Sri Lanka briefly lit up an English summer with some of the best cricket seen that year. Let's hope for a reprise

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Wake up and smell the IPL

May 5, 2016: Spring in England is a time for getting back into the rhythms of cricket. In India, it's a different ball game, of course

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Safety isn't only about the helmet

Apr 22, 2016: Insisting on batsmen wearing standardised headgear that compromises their comfort is risky. Players should rather learn to cope better with the short ball

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To Bangladesh with love (and tight security)

Shot Selection: Is it worth taking a 19-hour plane journey to cover Test cricket in Chittagong and Dhaka? Duh

    The importance of being Sabbir Rahman

The young Bangladesh batsman's ability to extend his T20 approach to other forms is setting a template for his peers to follow

    Here's to Test cricket conferences, not tiers

Rob Steen: Why a conference-based Test championship might be a viable way forward

What makes a good ghost?

Jon Hotten reveals the behind-the-scenes work that goes into producing a cricket autobiography
The Cricket Monthly December issue

The hinterland of 40

Jon Hotten: At Lord's we saw three in-between scores of the sort that are as likely to annoy the selectors as excite them

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India stay alive in the dying moments

The hosts' little victories in the last half-hour have proven to be a big deal in the Test series against England

The Mumbai hand behind Hameed's rise

Vidyadhar Paradkar knew Haseeb Hameed would go far when he first met him. He has, and it's due in no small part to Paradkar

Batman Kohli has all the gadgets

India have had a good two years in Test cricket. A lot of that comes down to having a squad that offers options, and a captain who knows how to maximise his players' threat

An all-time Barbados XI

Barbados is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its independence. Is this selection of Bajan players from over the years better than most Test teams?

Jennings ready to step up for adopted country

Keaton Jennings is set to follow a well-trodden path this week when he becomes the latest South Africa-born cricketer to play for England

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