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Soaring in the 1980s, slumping in the 2000s

Sep 12, 2014: In their pomp, West Indies had a 53-13 win-loss record; in their last 99, it is 16-53. That, in a nutshell, shows how steep the decline has been

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England's problems against spin

Sep 5, 2014: Unlike other teams which play spin better, England have lost too many wickets to slow bowlers in the middle overs, suggesting a riskier approach to scoring runs

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Can keep, can bat

Aug 29, 2014: The modern wicketkeeper needs to be more than capable with the bat, and West Indies and Pakistan have had some success with them recently

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From support act to lead role

Aug 22, 2014: For many years Rangana Herath was the ideal foil for Murali, but over the last four years he has become Sri Lanka's strike bowler

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Big hundreds, a home superstar, and much more

Aug 15, 2014: Mahela Jayawardene had his problems overseas, but in home conditions he was outstanding, and for Sri Lanka he was a constant at No. 4 for 17 years

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Opening pairs in a slump

Aug 8, 2014: The average opening partnership has fallen significantly in the last three years, and in 2014 it's lower than the averages for all the other wickets except the ninth and the tenth

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An all-round ODI giant

Aug 1, 2014: Few players can boast the sort of numbers that Jacques Kallis achieved in ODIs; plus, he was Man-of-the-Match in the final when South Africa won their only ICC tournament

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Bhuvneshwar on course for super series

Jul 25, 2014: Only 15 times in Test history has a player achieved the double of 300 runs and 20 wickets in a Test series. Going on current form, Bhuvneshwar could well be the 16th

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A year for lower-order batting heroics

Jul 18, 2014: Lower-order partnership stats have remained remarkably constant over the last five decades, but there's been a huge leap in the first seven months of 2014

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India's opening conundrum

Jul 11, 2014: In the last three-and-half-years, India's opening combinations have averaged 18 per partnership overseas, with only one 50-plus stand in 35 attempts

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The Sri Lankan challenge

Jul 4, 2014: South Africa have a superb overseas record in the last few years, but in Sri Lanka their batsmen and spinners have struggled

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SL's seam attack, and NZ's wicketkeeper

Jun 27, 2014: Sri Lanka's seamers took 17 wickets at Headingley, their best haul in a Test outside Asia, while BJ Watling is proving to be a huge asset with the bat for New Zealand

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From pretty player to match-winner

Jun 20, 2014: The second half of Ian Bell's Test career has been a lot more fulfilling than his first, but he still needs to iron out his inconsistencies

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Debutants and their smashing starts

Jun 13, 2014: Mark Craig's haul of 8 for 188 was the best by a New Zealander on debut, and made him the tenth debutant to win the MoM award since 2011

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Much more than a short-format batsman

Jun 6, 2014: Brian Lara and Garry Sobers are the only West Indians with more 150-plus scores in Tests than Chris Gayle, who'll play his 100th match on Sunday, against New Zealand

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Chasing glory in the IPL

May 30, 2014: Teams batting second have had more success than ever before this season, while batsmen have taken power-hitting to a new high in the slog overs

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Ian Bell's No. 4 challenge

May 23, 2014: Before Pietersen came along, England had struggled for prolific No. 4 Test batsmen since the mid-1970s. Can Bell step up to the plate?

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An IPL of two halves

May 16, 2014: The bowlers, especially the quicker ones, enjoyed the first leg in the UAE. During the India leg, though, the balance has shifted in favour of the batsmen

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English challenge for Sri Lanka's seamers

May 9, 2014: England is generally a pretty good venue for seam and swing bowling, but Sri Lanka's pace attack has always struggled there

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The battle for the top Test spot

May 2, 2014: While Australia have a great recent record, the ICC's ranking system doesn't take into account South Africa's superior overseas performances

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