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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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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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The main non-event

May 4, 2009: If a stump falls and no one is around to write about it, does it mean Australia must be playing Pakistan

Pity the poor leggie

Mar 26, 2009: Bryce McGain should be given all the help he needs to make sure his first Test is not his last

Unpredictable is watchable

Mar 12, 2009: Australia have had to strain every sinew for the win against South Africa. It makes for a nice change

Whatever happened to team spirit?

Feb 26, 2009: Australia's dressing-room celebrations used to be about spontaneity and mateship. Not anymore, it would seem

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Six obsession

Jan 15, 2009: The Australian selectors' fixation on creating allrounders out of players who aren't has affected more than a few careers

How good is Haydos?

Dec 25, 2008: Matthew Hayden has played the muscular biffer, pillaging mostly average attacks with great success. Is he among the greatest openers, as his figures seem to indicate?

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    Four in four, and stands by Nos. 10 and 11

Ask Steven: Also, most balls faced in a T20, highest limited-overs score at Lord's, and long lives after Test debut

    England seem to have forgotten about personality

Mark Nicholas: They have to see a glass that is half-full, and play the game as if it is just that, a game; and an opportunity

    'Wouldn't mind being reborn as Imran'

My Favourite Cricketer: Sanjay Manjrekar on his first sighting of Imran Khan's magnetic personality

'Smith always backed himself to win a Test for SA'

Modern Masters: Graeme Smith's fourth-innings stats are a testament of his tremendous mental strength

Are Test batsmen maturing quicker these days?

Michael Jeh: Does Rahane, Robson, Ballance and Stokes making hundreds in their first five Tests point to a larger trend?

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India out-reversed on dry pitch

England consigned India to two reverse-swing-induced collapses whereas India bowlers mainly relied on the new ball's movement and uneven bounce by hitting the deck hard

Bigger concerns for England than Lord's pitch

While the pitch took most of the blame at Trent Bridge, at Lord's England will need to get more controlling overs from their spinners. The reality is there is no quick fix

Ridiculed Ishant ridicules England

Ishant Sharma has often been the butt of jokes, and sometimes deservedly so. Today, however, the joke was on England

Another battle, another defeat on Planet Al

Alastair Cook has got used to feeling of the axe hanging over him. Only his team-mates can save England now

'The more fielders think for themselves, the better for the team'

Paul Collingwood talks about how fielding has evolved over time, manning backward point, the amazing AB de Villiers, and his fielding dream team

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