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Sportswriter and senior lecturer in sports journalism at the University of Brighton
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In praise of imperfection

Jan 13, 2016: Cricketers carry the baggage of having to be noble. But just how do you define nobility?

Rob Steen

Whatever happened to the clever nickname?

Dec 9, 2015: Cricket is particularly short of them these days. A look at what we've been missing

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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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Lit pitches, murdered wickets

The Cricket Monthly: The joys (and sorrows) of cricket in the Belize River Valley. By James Coyne
TCM February issue

    'Lively, exciting, and seemingly indestructible'

Players and commentators pay tribute to the retiring Brendon McCullum

    Australia should focus on winning the series

They shouldn't get sidetracked by McCullum's farewell. By Brad Haddin

The mark Chanderpaul left on me

Liam Cromar: His retirement has not only been the end of an era in batting, it marks for some of us the snapping of the final link to childhood

Is it time for franchise-based Test cricket?

Considering the pace of change all across the game, maybe the idea is not all that far-fetched. By Michael Jeh

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The best XI of each IPL franchise

ESPNcricinfo picks its best XI for each franchise after the IPL 2016 auction in Bangalore on Saturday

After quiet build-up, PSL gears for take-off

An absence of hype in Dubai has marked the lead-up to the inaugural Pakistan Super League but there is little doubt over its importance in Pakistan's cricket set-up

The most expensive uncapped Indian players

A quick look at all the uncapped India players who fetched the top bids at the IPL 2016 auction

Kohli's and Rohit's divergent paths to batting glory

One has found great success in limited-overs formats, while the other is a master of all

Who will be the most expensive player at the IPL auction?

There are some big names going under the hammer on Saturday. Who will get the largest paycheck? Vote now

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