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Writer based in Melbourne. Author of Golden Boy: Kim Hughes and the Bad Old Days of Australian Cricket
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The lingering image of Rubel Hossain

Mar 24, 2015: Short, slight, fast, skiddy, moves it sideways, in-drifts it, and gets good bounce. And the last Australia probably saw of him was two one-over spells

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Elegy for runlessness

Mar 18, 2015: Chatara to Dhawan: six balls, no runs, six paragraphs. There's a certain poetry about the maiden over

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Twenty-two balls from Chris Jordan

Mar 12, 2015: Or how England can take a simple idea and stretch it till it makes no sense at all

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Man walks into a bar, watches Afghanistan

Mar 6, 2015: It's natural that cricket's obsessives should relish the sparkle of Afghanistan's play this World Cup

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Soumya Sarkar's shot in the dark

Mar 2, 2015: The long-lasting memory of a young batsman we have never seen before is of that one brilliant shot announcing his arrival

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Ross Taylor: hips don't lie

Feb 17, 2015: On the first morning of the World Cup: a most engrossing 14 runs

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Watching Ashton Agar

Mar 28, 2014: When you make 98 from No. 11 on debut, it is your premature fate to never just be another name on a teamsheet

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The Marsh mystery

Mar 11, 2014: He looks like one of Australia's top six batsmen, doesn't make the necessary runs in first-class cricket, briefly dazzles in Tests, goes away, then comes back

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Why is it always about the team?

Feb 12, 2014: Insiders consider Kevin Pietersen's lack of "teamliness" his biggest flaw but spectators love to watch him play. So who matters more?

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The 52nd six

Dec 30, 2013: Watching and hearing a six hit at a ground is a visceral experience, even in an age when sixes are the norm, not the exception

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Faint fluttering decibels

Dec 26, 2013: Bill Lawry, no stranger, returns, with his gift to articulate precisely what the viewer is thinking

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A cricket ground's song

Dec 9, 2013: What makes a special cricket place special? At Adelaide Oval, part of it is that going to the cricket is about not having to watch the cricket

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The thing about speed guns

Nov 28, 2013: Does knowing how fast someone is bowling add to our experience of watching?

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Being liked

Nov 21, 2013: Thinking the Australian team unlikeable is a habit people slipped into. There comes a time for eyes to be readjusted

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Rhythm and the lost art of hanging on

Nov 14, 2013: T20 is bad for batting technique, but could it be good for batting mindsets?

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Unknown knowns at Limestone Exit

Dec 4, 2012: Ricky Ponting's departure can't have been the dream script people make it out to be, but at least he controlled his own destiny

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'Bryce-ee!'

Mar 29, 2012: McGain, he of one-Test fame, is well placed, perhaps, to see cricket's little disappointments for what they are

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The Lendl of cricket coaching

Mar 22, 2012: Has cricket missed out an obvious candidate?

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Eugenides and Adorno at the cricket

Mar 15, 2012: Is there any point in being sad about the Sheffield Shield's place in our culture today?

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Sachin of Benalla

Mar 2, 2012: They say no one ever remembers how you leave cricket, that the memory of you at your peak is what's everlasting. Is that true?

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A vote for Punter

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Once upon a Caribbean cricket holiday

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The McCullum mystery in the IPL

Brendon McCullum has started the 2015 IPL in fine style, but his numbers in the previous seven seasons aren't consistent with his obvious attacking skills and talent

England's swinging shooting star

The boy from Burnley with magic in his wrist has surpassed all before him - with luck we will be able to enjoy his skill and application for a few more years yet

Three questions for cricket

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'I still have to contribute to keep my place in the ODI side'

Azhar Ali looks ahead to his new role as Pakistan's ODI captain, talks about his leadership style and adjusting to the format

Pollard's silent protest, and a 10-ball over

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