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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 Test team shouldn't automatically qualify for the World Cup'

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Wet weather dulls India's threat perception

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From 110 to 150 kph, the Wahab Riaz story

As a six-year-old, he watched Wasim Akram at the 1992 World Cup and decided that he would be a left-arm fast bowler. As a man, he put on a show very nearly as memorable as Wasim's 23 years before

The battle of the bullies

This contest brings together a belligerent bunch of brats and braggers from two countries that are so different, yet share rampant egotism and a high opinion of themselves

Dhoni masters numbers game to crack ODI code

Over the last few months, he has slowly moved from a flashy finisher, to a more measured risk manager

Time slips by South Africa once again

It was Grant Elliott and New Zealand's time in Auckland. Not South Africa's. But the Proteas will leave this tournament wondering when that will ever change. Maybe next time.

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    This contest brings together a belligerent bunch of brats and braggers from two countries that are so different, yet share rampant egotism and a high opinion of themselves

    India swept away by Australia's depth (183)

    India's Plan A in this World Cup had worked flawlessly over seven matches. When they came up against the toughest opponents in the World Cup, however, they were left scrambling for a back-up plan

    Time slips by South Africa once again (147)

    It was Grant Elliott and New Zealand's time in Auckland. Not South Africa's. But the Proteas will leave this tournament wondering when that will ever change. Maybe next time.

    Wet weather dulls India's threat perception (140)

    The SCG might be India's preferred semi-final venue at this World Cup, but persistent rain in the lead-up has left them worried their spinners may not get the help they are widely expected to

    The greatest time of our lives (135)

    Whatever happens, the Australia-New Zealand World Cup final at the MCG will be the most divine fun