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Former New Zealand batsman and captain
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A year of triumph and disaster

Dec 19, 2014: While 2014 will be always remembered for the shocking death of Phillip Hughes, there was joy as well, courtesy Misbah, McCullum, and the ICC's efforts against chucking

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It's largely even between bat and ball

Dec 11, 2014: Each skill evolves over time to get the edge over the other, but as long as conditions encourage both, there's no cause for worry

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Towards a kinder, gentler game

Nov 29, 2014: The death of Phillip Hughes is a reminder to us that we would do well to change the tone of cricket for the better

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The perils of premeditation

Nov 19, 2014: Due to the demand for sixes in T20, more and more batsmen are resorting to predetermined slogging, which leads to their downfall in the other formats

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The men and memories that made me

Nov 13, 2014: Of Sobers, Sutcliffe, Hookes and other inspirations and influences down the years

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The insecure kid who never grew up

Oct 14, 2014: Kevin Pietersen missed the point of life in the second half of his career, failed to show maturity, and has regressed to being the bitter youngster who left Natal years ago

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Minding the gap

Oct 4, 2014: The space between two balls is where cricket is really played

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A blueprint for England's World Cup campaign

Sep 10, 2014: Teams need to start strategising now for next year's event by picking the right men for various roles. England need to get on it sooner than most

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Dhoni the Test wicketkeeper needs a break

Sep 4, 2014: History has shown that a vibrant keeper infuses energy into a side, but that quality has gone missing in the case of India's captain

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Test cricket's young Fab Four

Aug 29, 2014: Kohli, Root, Smith and Williamson will take turns as the No. 1 Test batsman. So far each has shown only one technical weakness

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Cricket cannot bend rules to accommodate chuckers

Aug 21, 2014: Maintaining a healthy balance between bat and ball does not mean the authorities must give those with dodgy actions leeway

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Should Dhoni focus on one-day cricket?

Aug 14, 2014: His decisions in the England series have seemed to confirm that he does not care too much for the Test game. Maybe he should be concentrating on the World Cup

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The perils of ignoring footwork

Aug 8, 2014: The secret to consistent Test batting is to play athletically off both feet, a tenet largely ignored on day one at Old Trafford

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Have India missed the boat?

Aug 2, 2014: They made a wrong move by refusing to pick Ashwin; Kohli and Pujara have not come good; and Jadeja has only flattered to deceive

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England don't need a visible coach

Jul 24, 2014: The team now consists of two halves: a burnt-out one and a fresh one

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Why isn't Ashwin playing?

Jul 12, 2014: It's close to inexplicable how India's best spinner is being left out in favour of bits-and-pieces players

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England and the age of denial

Jun 28, 2014: When a player like Alastair Cook fronts the press so often, spinning a contrived message is the only option, especially when vulnerable

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Cook needs to get on the front foot

Jun 22, 2014: More intent to stay forward at the crease and on the field as captain will help mute his harshest critics - one in particular

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Why cricket's future is bright

Jun 16, 2014: Cricket has suffered many evils recently - fixing, chucking, mankading and sledging, to name a few - but it will emerge from the darkness stronger, wiser and better

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Watch, move, and play late

Jun 2, 2014: New Zealand's batsmen need to clear their minds and trust their footwork to avoid being rolled over by spin in the Caribbean

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Awesome in whites, awful in colour

Osman Samiuddin: Pakistan's year oscillated between superb and dreadful, with their ODI form poor ahead of the World Cup

Two triples, and a devastating loss

Gallery: 2014 was a sobering year for cricket

The most significant act of fielding

The Cricket Monthly: Gideon Haigh, Ayaz Memon, Rob Steen and Rahul Bhattacharya on fielding moments that mattered the most
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Late highs fail to mask wretched year

Save for the rout of Zimbabwe, it was a year of suspensions and demoralising defeats for Bangladesh. By Mohammad Isam

A maverick with maturity

Janaka Malwatta: Tillakaratne Dilshan, one the few '90s era cricketers still around, is an entertainer who never backs down from a challenge

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Watson's merry-go-round decade

In January 2005, Shane Watson made his Test debut. What does he have to show for a decade in the game?

Power to Smithy, trouble for Dhoni

Australia's new captain admirably turned things around for his side in Brisbane, leading in more departments than one

Rudderless Shami proves too costly

Mohammed Shami bowls a few really good balls, but they are interspersed with far too many loose ones, an inconsistency that is unacceptable in Test cricket

Why punish the West Indies players when the administration is to blame?

As ever, the West Indies board has taken the short-term view and removed supposedly troublesome players instead of recognising its own incompetence

From waterboy to warrior

Ajinkya Rahane was part of India's bench strength for several series before he finally got his opportunity. He's made it count on the most testing tours

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