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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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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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Purportedly

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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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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Hangovers and headaches

2014 in review: Embarrassing defeats, a beleaguered captain, a bitter former star, alienating administrators - England's year was gloomy. By George Dobell

Ten years later

Gallery: Efforts by Surrey have helped transform a coastal village in Sri Lanka devastated by the December 26 tsunami

    'We did not drop a single catch in 1971'

Couch Talk: Former India captain Ajit Wadekar recalls the dream tours of West Indies and England, and coaching India

Sachin to bat for life, Lara for the joy of batting

Modern Masters: Rahul Dravid and Sanjay Manjrekar discuss the impact of Lara's batting

I bowled to them, look where they are now

Roger Sawh: Ever get the feeling you're sharing in the success of a top-level cricketer you may have played with growing up?

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Watson's merry-go-round decade

In January 2005, Shane Watson made his Test debut. What does he have to show for a decade in the game?

Why punish the West Indies players when the administration is to blame?

As ever, the West Indies board has taken the short-term view and removed supposedly troublesome players instead of recognising its own incompetence

Power to Smithy, trouble for Dhoni

Australia's new captain admirably turned things around for his side in Brisbane, leading in more departments than one

India's attack: rare intensity before regular inanity

For the first hour on day three, despite the heat and the largely unhelpful pitch, India's fast bowlers showed a level of intensity and penetration rarely seen from them; in the second hour, things mostly reverted to type

Bowlers in waiting

Bowlers who have been around for plenty of time but haven't played in cricket's biggest show

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