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Warks test rebrand loyalty

Dec 9, 2013: The news that Warwickshire will be known as Birmingham Bears in next season's T20 is another example of the muddled thinking that surrounds the format in England

Tim Wigmore

County cricket awards 2013

The roller's return and other disappointments

Oct 3, 2013: In part two of ESPNcricinfo's awards for the 2013 county season, George Dobell looks at some alternative categories

George Dobell

County cricket awards 2013

Durham locals produce stellar year

Oct 3, 2013: In part one of ESPNcricinfo's awards for the 2013 county season, George Dobell hails Durham's local influence

George Dobell

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Championship prices ignore economic reality

Apr 29, 2013: No one disputes that counties have bills to pay, but pricing policies for Championship cricket too often put off all but the most hardened fans

Tim Wigmore

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What is the matter with Essex?

Apr 22, 2013: Two matches into the Championship season and it is already time to ask 'What has gone wrong with Essex?'

Tim Wigmore

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Somerset could feel the strain

Apr 15, 2013: Somerset have a reputation for finishing second and, as their side ages, they may soon begin to wonder if their best chance of a trophy has gone

Tim Wigmore

Let's enjoy the county bounty

Apr 9, 2013: The county season is about to start - time to stop the moaning and get excited

Tim Wigmore

Rain, Bears and tears

Sep 20, 2012: There was joy and silverware for Warwickshire, Hampshire and Derbyshire at the end of a watery season that was also tinged with sadness. George Dobell hands out his awards

George Dobell

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A bad decision for English cricket

Jan 11, 2012: David Morgan will certainly leave his mark on the domestic game in England and Wales

George Dobell

The winner is...

Sep 23, 2011: Another English domestic season has drawn to a close with silverware for Lancashire, Leicestershire, Surrey and Middlesex. George Dobell hands out his awards for 2011

George Dobell

Loss of identity, but it's the new way

Aug 9, 2011: County cricket doesn't have a transfer system but it may not be far away as more players are being enticed to new clubs

George Dobell

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An uneven playing field

Jul 20, 2011: The ECB have agreed to end the English season early to open a window for the Champions League but is it right given they have no stake in the event?

George Dobell

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Not all well with Twenty20

Jun 18, 2011: The Friends Life t20 is well under way, but crowds are not flocking to the action which raises question about how the ECB have managed the format

George Dobell

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Shankargate: how did it happen?

Jun 2, 2011: A look into Adrian Shankar's past, and at Northamptonshire's success

George Dobell

Are you sitting uncomfortably?

May 4, 2011: A curious signing by Nottinghamshire and an impending court case for Giles Clarke have left some tricky questions needing answers

George Dobell

Youth flourishes, but where's the experience?

Apr 20, 2011: It's been a thrilling start to the county season, but do the fluctuating standards and performances suggest an underlying weakness in the competition?

George Dobell

The good, the bad, the ugly

Sep 19, 2010: In his final column of the 2010 season, George Dobell looks back over six months of action and hands out his awards

George Dobell

Kent fight for survival

Sep 2, 2010: It has been known for a long time that Kent are in financial trouble, but the club insist the future is bright as the chairman dips into his own pocket

George Dobell

Mutiny at Grace Road

Aug 26, 2010: Leicestershire have been plunged into crisis with the players and management wanting Neil Davidson to resign. It's a messy situation, as is the structure for next year's county season

George Dobell

Something stirring down south?

Aug 12, 2010: Surrey began the season amid much ridicule, but does their recent form mean Chris Adams has got it right? Meanwhile, Monty is showing the form that made him a premier international spinner

George Dobell
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    MacLeod spells hope for Scotland

Allrounder Calum MacLeod's return from a faulty action is key to Scotland's World Cup hopes. By Tim Wigmore

The Australian who dares to attack spin

From lead spinner and No. 8, Steven Smith has become a central figure in the batting line-up. By Brydon Coverdale

    'Gibbs used to toss the ball like a basketball'

My XI: Erapalli Prasanna on the West Indian offspinner who had a killer instinct

Cricket's humanity resists specialisation

Jon Hotten: Major sports are driving their competitors towards homogenous physical ideals, but cricket seems to celebrate diversity

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Manic one-day chases, and daddy partnerships

Also, most brothers in a Test XI, and the fastest to 20 ODI centuries

Has international cricket begun to break up?

The gap between the haves and the have-nots is growing wider, and the disenchantment is forcing a devaluation of Test cricket among weaker teams

Well worth the wait

Zulfiqar Babar missed five seasons between his first two first-class matches, and was 34 when he finally made his Test debut, but he is quickly making up for all the lost time with his artful left-arm spin

Younis Khan and the art of scoring hundreds

Out of 70 batsmen who've scored 15 or more Test hundreds only five are from Pakistan, but Younis Khan's appetite for hundreds matches that of some of the top contemporary batsmen

Australia outdone in every way

Surviving into the final session of the last day cannot disguise the fact that Australia's continued inability to play spin contributed to an all-round thrashing

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    Has international cricket begun to break up? (83)

    The gap between the haves and the have-nots is growing wider, and the disenchantment is forcing a devaluation of Test cricket among weaker teams

    Lyon low after high of 2013 (51)

    The offspinner was Australia's highest wicket-taker in 2013, but his form has dipped sharply this year

    Australia outdone in every way (51)

    Surviving into the final session of the last day cannot disguise the fact that Australia's continued inability to play spin contributed to an all-round thrashing

    Well worth the wait (36)

    Zulfiqar Babar missed five seasons between his first two first-class matches, and was 34 when he finally made his Test debut, but he is quickly making up for all the lost time with his artful left-arm spin

    No Ajmal, no problem for Pakistan (33)

    When a team loses its best bowler, it is expected that the team's performance will suffer. As usual, Pakistan defied the expectations