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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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That man's on the TV again

Feb 23, 2012: Television defines Ricky Ponting, but the more we see him on it, the less we know

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Little wonder if even Brad has Haddin-uff of being Brad

Feb 16, 2012: Toughness and a lack of nervousness are key for a keeper. One suspects they aren't a vital part of Haddin's make-up

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Goodbye, Laxman

Jan 31, 2012: For over a decade his best was saved for Australia, thrilling prime ministers and lesser folk - until this tour

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A mind-blowing night in Hobart

Jan 26, 2012: What's the purpose of cricket commentary? To entertain and enlighten or to exaggerate and aggravate?

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Prayer for a strong India

Jan 19, 2012: Lloyd's West Indians kept coming to Australia because they played good cricket and everyone made money from it. India and Australia keep playing because everyone makes money from it

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Behind the Kohli face

Jan 10, 2012: We don't yet know what Virat Kohli will be, but he might have played the off-drive of the summer

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Ponting's fine, Ponting's odd

Jan 2, 2012: In Melbourne he began both innings serenely, before losing form a bit. He now seems to need to think where once he barely had to

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When's the first 500?

Dec 24, 2011: Eight years after he astonished Melbourne with 195 in a day, Sehwag is back. What will he produce this time?

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There's something about Warner

Dec 16, 2011: From one-trick slog pony to Test cricketer - and, as always, the children knew first

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The daredevil dead art

Dec 9, 2011: Do slow left-armers lack something other spinners have?

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What I heard about the cricket

Dec 1, 2011: The season's begun in Australia, and there's plenty of talk about the game

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Consider Howard's past

Jul 8, 2010: Could a man with such a poor record in matters of Aboriginal rights have made a good president of the ICC?

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Cry, the unloved cricketer

Jun 25, 2010: The general public antipathy for Shane Watson may have more than a little to do with the ancient, hazy balance between the team and the individual

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The case for fear

Dec 24, 2009: With no fear of decapitation to conquer, how can a cricketer be truly brave?

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The ball's too big

Dec 1, 2009: Bats have steadily gotten bigger over the years; why has the ball stayed the same size for close to a century?

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Days of blind hope

Oct 20, 2009: Selection trials are obsolete now, and the big players hardly ever play domestic cricket. How does the modern selector judge who is a future Test cricketer and who isn't?

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Run, Ricky, run

Sep 29, 2009: The unthinkable is something Australia's captain must be thinking about, a lot

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Let's get Fred

Jul 27, 2009: It's time Australia's think tank latched on to Flintoff's weakness against right-handers

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The weight on Warner's shoulders

Jun 11, 2009: How well can Australia's latest prodigy do? Depends on how well he tackles the doubt, fear and expectation that accompany him when he walks out to bat

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The madness of Digger Hilditch

May 20, 2009: It's hard to think of an Ashes squad weirder than the one picked by the NSP

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Left-arm quick, right-arm quicker

Lahore Qalandars have unearthed a truly unique prospect in Yasir Jan, an ambidextrous quick who can generate serious pace with both arms

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In September 2010, as part of ESPNcricinfo's All-time XI series, a jury had selected an All-time India Test XI. Six years later, would you make some changes?

Ravindra Jadeja, maker of differences

A 41-run stand for the last wicket, and three tail-end wickets in one over. That is the very definition of "crucial" in a low-scoring contest

Imran's team or Misbah's: which was greater?

Each had to overcome very different hurdles from the other to become a top Test side

Can New Zealand do an England 2012?

England showed four years ago that India can be beaten at home with the help of four key attributes. New Zealand possess all of them, to a degree, and if they click together, anything can happen

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