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Former Hampshire batsman; host of Channel 9's cricket coverage
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Players must police their game

May 23, 2014: National boards need to create an environment where open discussion about dodgy behaviour and whistle-blowing is encouraged

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Cook must bring the joy back

May 8, 2014: As England make a fresh start under a new regime, it's up to the captain to find a way to make his players cherish the national cap once again

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Anxiety and torment

Apr 24, 2014: Cricket - batting specifically - defines Jonathan Trott, which makes his continued suffering all the more painful

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The win they waited 18 years for

Apr 10, 2014: More power to Sri Lanka, whose cricketers have again reinforced what the game means to their nation

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Selectors must be open-minded and open-armed

Mar 27, 2014: Picking a team is a tricky job, and recently England have botched it more often than not. It helps to have a captain who understands the importance of star players

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The remarkable Mr Smith

Mar 13, 2014: Not many will forget this unwavering leader who set the agenda during South Africa's most challenging era

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Steyn's spell from hell

Feb 26, 2014: No other bowler in the world today could have won the match in Port Elizabeth so suddenly and with such effect

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The Mitchell Johnson effect

Feb 16, 2014: Whole batting line-ups have been laid to waste by the raw pace and confidence of Australia's fast-bowling leader

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The end of the Pietersen project

Feb 5, 2014: Leaving a series of disgruntled teams in his wake, Kevin Pietersen has only himself to blame for the sorry end to his England career

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Not just Cook's cross to bear

Jan 23, 2014: England need to look for the maturity, honesty and lightness of being Australia have demonstrated, and they must all step up to the task

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Australia's success a testament to immense will

Jan 6, 2014: The 5-0 scoreline speaks of a desperation so strong that players might have imploded had success not been achieved

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It's the application, not the talent

Dec 30, 2013: Rarely have we seen turnaround like the one Australia have just effected, but the gulf between the two teams is not as vast as the scoreline might suggest

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No hunger for Swann and England

Dec 23, 2013: They have lost the desperation to win and Australia were quick to sniff it out

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A pretty big deal for Australia

Dec 18, 2013: Their regeneration has come from unpromising circumstances, and all levels of their leadership have had plenty to do with it

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Captains contrasting

Dec 12, 2013: Australia's and England's leaders are men cut from different cloth but both likeable, successful, and with mutually uncompromising gifts of patience and bloody-mindedness

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Raise courage and commitment, England

Dec 10, 2013: The ability to respond to challenges that are beyond the daily call is diminished by overkill, but that is precisely the task ahead of Cook and Co

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Role reversal and ugliness add to the excitement

Dec 4, 2013: Australia are on top, Johnson is firing, Cook and Flower are struggling, Clarke and Lehmann are clicking. We can't wait for Adelaide

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What fast bowling does

Nov 25, 2013: It gives aggro to your fielders, jitters to the opposition, and thrills to the fans

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A touch of genius

Nov 19, 2013: As Kevin Pietersen prepares for his 100th Test, he is close to being regarded as a truly great cricketer, England's first since Ian Botham

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A little ball-tampering will do cricket good

Oct 31, 2013: What's wrong with letting people help get the ball to swing, if they're doing it using natural resources?

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