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Former Hampshire batsman; host of Channel Nine's cricket coverage
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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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West Indies' triumph of imagination and spirit

Apr 4, 2016: An apology to Darren Sammy's men, whose intoxicating win in the final was driven by organisation and smarts

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Root, Kohli and art in T20 batting

Mar 24, 2016: It was feared that T20 would ruin batting, and cricket in general. But two recent innings give us a glimpse of a more beautiful future

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Who will rain on Dhoni's parade?

Mar 3, 2016: Australia, England and South Africa can pose some threats, but the hosts are favourites

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ODIs: less is more

Feb 18, 2016: There's plenty of life in the format if administrators take the responsibility for smarter scheduling and more effective promotion

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Modern batting and the gift of fearlessness

Jan 28, 2016: The fear of failure has been inherent in cricket, but T20 has changed that. The key to the future is to not let the format ride roughshod

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Amla's ideal

Jan 14, 2016: Why his decision to quit for the greater good and for personal harmony is brave and smart

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Is it time for the West Indian nations to go it alone?

Dec 17, 2015: Caribbean cricket is at a desperately low ebb, and there's little hope of things improving the way they're going at the moment

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Pink-ball cricket: pretty as a picture

Dec 3, 2015: The Test at Adelaide Oval was an aesthetic delight, and it put bums on seats too

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The forensic artistry of Kane Williamson

Nov 19, 2015: His game appears to lack emotion but it is not cold. Like Kallis, but more adaptable and with greater flair

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Cricket could do with some humility and kindness

Nov 4, 2015: Violent as it is, rugby doesn't prevent its players from being respectful and considerate to their opponents. Surely cricketers can do the same

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Whistlin' past the ear

In 1975 against West Indies, Jeff Thomson let it rip on Boxing Day
The Cricket Monthly July issue

    'I was the type who would be very, very good or not so good'

John Crawley talks about playing against Australia, his best innings, highs and lows with Lancashire, and teaching history

    'I felt as captain I had certain responsibilities to change the culture'

Mahela Jayawardene talks about reforming Sri Lankan cricket, and the challenges of handling big-name players

CPL games a chance to revive cricket in Lauderhill

The venue has a chance this weekend to show that the facility built for cricket has not been entirely lost to soccer

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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Loose West Indies succumb to Ashwin's wiles

One after another, the hosts' batsmen attempted questionable flicks and drives in their second innings, disregarding the drift and dip the offspinner was generating

Fresh Sabina track to refresh West Indies?

The likes of Alzarri Joseph and Miguel Cummins could narrow the gap between the two sides in Jamaica, on what looks set to be a green pitch

Ashwin emulates Botham with ton and seven-for

Stats highlights from the fourth day's play in Antigua where Ashwin's maiden five-wicket haul outside Asia bowled India to an innings victory

Four double-tons in a day, and a Eddie Redmayne lookalike

Also: the fastest Indian to 50 wickets, and Yasir Shah's unwanted "double-hundred"

Shami bounces back with new weapon

Returning to Test cricket after a long layoff, Mohammed Shami ran up with noticeably shorter strides and dismantled West Indies' top order with pace and bounce

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