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What do cricketers' autographs tell us about them?

Jul 2, 2014: Can those hurried scrawls reveal the private workings of a professional player's mind?

Nicholas Hogg

The corrida of uncertainty

May 21, 2014: There is much to admire in the rhythm and timing of a batsman's leave-alone, which at times seems to borrow from the quintessentially Iberian art of bullfighting

Scott Oliver

Blistering Best

Mar 4, 2014: Sometimes recreational cricketers get a chance to face players of international-calibre, and to stand 22 yards from a pace storm

Scott Oliver

A tale of two Yorkshire lads

Feb 14, 2014: The careers of two present-day England players have been noticeably intertwined since their days in youth cricket

Matthew Bremner

Playing hookey for Shorty

Feb 12, 2014: If you were a cricket fan born and raised in Bangalore in the '70s and '80s, chances are you did everything in your power to watch Gundappa Viswanath bat

Sriram Dayanand

Legends in their own backyard

Apr 17, 2013: For a number of Australian greats down the years, cricket has begun rather close to home

Ashley Mallett

Cricket's Pinteresque silences

Nov 24, 2012: The sport is full of pauses that enhance the drama, just like in Harold Pinter's plays

Saad Shafqat

The effortless artistry of VVS Laxman

Sep 1, 2012: When you watched him bat, there was a sense that you were witnessing the creation of something beautiful yet not inaccessible

Krishna Kumar

Meeting Mr Miandad

Apr 29, 2012: How a fan came to write the story of the Pakistani great's life

Saad Shafqat

Back in ten

Mar 25, 2012: A one-time cricketer gets into whites again, and lives to tell the tale

Sam Blackledge

You came, I saw, you conquered

Mar 7, 2012: Gum-chewing, ball-thwacking, awe-inspiring superstar Viv Richards is sixty today

Sriram Dayanand

Behind the scenes at Lord's

Feb 26, 2012: As an ordinary person you don't get to see the workings of the home of cricket. Not unless you sign up as an archery volunteer for the Olympics

Liam Herringshaw

Australia: an infatuation

Jan 14, 2012: What was it about them that made them the team to follow for an Indian boy growing up 30-odd years ago?

Krishna Kumar

Bradman versus Warne

Jan 8, 2012: What if the greatest batsman of them all had faced the finest legspinner ever?

Ashley Mallett

Lessons from a middle-aged cricketer

Dec 4, 2011: Don't give up the game just because your joints are creaking. Take inspiration from these tales of a cricket-mad community

Mudar Patherya

Dear Mr Arlott

Nov 27, 2011: John Arlott wasn't just the voice of cricket. He was a source of comfort and hope to two cricketers who felt themselves alone against the cricket establishment

Sriram Dayanand

The electric art

Oct 1, 2011: There's nothing more exciting in cricket than watching a quick man tear in with a batsman in his sights

John Woodcock

Lashings v Crab? No complaints

Sep 5, 2011: What happens when a team of international vets faces off against Sheffield's finest club cricketers for charity?

Kanishkaa Balachandran

A snooze, a smoke, a roar

Aug 11, 2011: The Test match-watching experience has changed over the years - the players' faces are obscured, the grounds are more coldly impersonal - but the buzz of a big game remains

David Frith

Nine days in heaven

Aug 10, 2011: A fan makes a long-anticipated pilgrimage to the home of cricket

Sriram Dayanand
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