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Sportswriter and senior lecturer in sports journalism at the University of Brighton
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Watching America watch cricket

Nov 11, 2015: Might the game have found a foothold in the USA if not for Babe Ruth?

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Is the County Championship anti-spin?

Oct 7, 2015: England's slow-bowling cupboard looks bare because of the tournament's spinner-unfriendly pitches and its sapping and lopsided schedule

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Does Stokes have it in him to lead?

Sep 16, 2015: He exudes authority but has the ability to remain one of the lads, which distinguishes him from the other worthy contenders to succeed Cook

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How about state funding for Tests?

Sep 2, 2015: Lord Patel's appointment to the ECB could bring the endangered format to the forefront, both financially and otherwise

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Here's looking at The Oval

Aug 19, 2015: The occasional Ashes dead rubber notwithstanding, there's something about this south London venue that inspires

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Why England shouldn't win at Trent Bridge

Aug 5, 2015: At the risk of sounding unpatriotic: we need a 2-2 scoreline ahead of the climax

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Wanted: Ian Bell, sublime artist

Jul 22, 2015: Someone who repeatedly has to prove himself despite playing over a hundred Tests, his recent stats do not make for good reading. Here's hoping he has a bit of magic left in him

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Dear Alastair

Jul 8, 2015: The Great British Public bares its soul to the men in the team's Ashes engine room. This week: the captain

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Dear Andy

Jun 24, 2015: The Great British Public bares its soul to the men in the team's Ashes engine room. This week: the director

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Dear Trev

Jun 10, 2015: The Great British Public bares its soul to the men with their heads on the block come July 8, starting with England's new coach

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Cheers to England's leftist leaning

May 27, 2015: Their distrust of left-hand batsmen goes back centuries, but the current Test squad belies that bias entirely

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An ode to Gower

May 13, 2015: Exquisitely flawless, the former England captain was the Rembrandt of batting: all touch, timing and subtle depth; and never better than 30 years ago

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Is Vaughan the one to reconnect the ECB with its public?

Apr 29, 2015: England could do worse than appoint the outspoken, media-friendly former captain as their director of cricket

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Test cricket: 'Worried, me?'

Apr 15, 2015: An interview with cricket's long-suffering format

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What makes a good commentator?

Apr 1, 2015: The best are subtle, unhurried cheerleaders who never rush to judgement but rise above the din

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It's white-knuckle time

Mar 19, 2015: The best-laid plans can come spectacularly undone in knockout situations. Which is why we love them

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Of Citizen Kane and brave captains

Mar 4, 2015: The Amiss awards for the first third of the World Cup - named for a batsman who knew a thing or two about courage and common sense

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A brand-boosting look at the World Cup

Feb 18, 2015: Featuring Afridi, India v Pakistan, DRS, Ireland and Finn's hat-trick

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Equality v excellence: what's your pick?

Feb 4, 2015: In the last few years, a handful of players have dominated tennis; in cricket, the playing field has never been more level

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Gimme slimmer bats over fatter records

Jan 21, 2015: Unlike in baseball, where you could mistake Babe Ruth's slugger for a modern-day one, in cricket the difference in sizes and weights is mind-boggling - and harmful

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    Why blame culture is toxic for sport

Ed Smith: Is ranting at players during team talks like bloodletting in the age of quack doctors?

The bat wars

The Cricket Monthly: From refugee camps to multimillion-dollar businesses: the story of India's bat-making industry
TCM November issue

    A letter from Deano

Russel Arnold on how he got a note from his favourite cricketer (via Alan Davidson) on his birthday

Pink-ball cricket is a mere bulge in Test cricket's fabric

Jon Hotten: Going by the game's history, it won't be long before day-night Tests simply become Tests

Golden ducks for a cause

Liam Cromar: The Primary Club, a charity founded by inept batsmen, has been supporting blind cricketers in England for six decades

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'Ridiculous waste of time and wrong decision'

In five minutes, Nathan Lyon was twice ruled not-out, controversially. The Twitter world did not hold back

The difference between Nagpur and Nottingham

One home advantage is not better or worse than the other, but this pitch had variable turn, bounce and pace to go with the fact that pitches that turn from ball one get worse with time

A six-ton Test, and Imran's prolific 30s

Plus: most runs in a Test by a New Zealander, and c&b by the same bowler twice in a Test

South Africa fall to record lows

Stats highlights from the second day's play in Nagpur, where South Africa collapsed to their lowest total since their return to Test cricket

SA look for new fairytale as dream run ends

South Africa's unbeaten run on the road may be over, but rather than mull over their loss, the team must draw heart from their past battles and start afresh to script another era of domination

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