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Former England, Kent and Middlesex batsman; writer for the New Statesman
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What did we learn from this World Cup?

Mar 29, 2015: That there is a place for proper batsmanship in ODIs, that New Zealand punch above their weight, and that taking wickets wins you matches

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Data is not the enemy

Mar 16, 2015: Taking the stats at your disposal into account does not mean your players cannot play a fearless and instinctive brand of cricket

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The World Cup needs the Associates

Mar 3, 2015: Our sport can never hope to compete with football unless it takes an expansionist view

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How much can a captain influence short-term performance?

Feb 16, 2015: Modern captains have less power than ever, yet they are still held overwhelmingly accountable for decisions and tactics arrived at by backroom consensus

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Why sport needs to be playful

Feb 2, 2015: The only way to win, in the deepest sense, is to enjoy playing

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Test cricket is on the brink of exhaustion

Jan 12, 2015: The rise of New Zealand is heartening, but the preponderance of whitewashes in the five-day game tells of cramped itineraries that demean rivalry

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It's not the plan, stupid

Dec 22, 2014: Good performances make all plans look good. The better team on the day always wins, irrespective of what was strategised in the dressing room

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Why poor leadership is about followers too

Dec 9, 2014: Players blame coaches for poor leadership, but often it's just a case of them being poor followers, or there being better players available for selection

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You can't bully cricketers into performing better

Nov 10, 2014: Lessons from a book that delivers insights on coaching and captaincy without once mentioning either

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Why the perfect technique is the one that disappears

Oct 27, 2014: The various acts that are involved in playing cricket well happen best intuitively, when we aren't consciously perfection in them

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A genius of self-belief and desire

Oct 8, 2014: Players achieve greatness in different ways. With KP, embryonic greatness poured out like incense

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What baseball can teach cricket about expansion

Sep 24, 2014: Cricket should look to not only shore up struggling and emerging cricketing nations but also to export the game with entrepreneurial vigour

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Does pure talent matter more in ODIs than in Tests?

Sep 8, 2014: It's one way to explain India's turnaround in the 50-over games in England

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What if Pietersen had played for England this summer?

Aug 25, 2014: Would he have fared better than the incumbent middle-order batsmen, Root and Ballance?

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How we misunderstand risk in sport

Jul 28, 2014: Aggression, defence, success, failure, innovation - they are all about our willingness to take risks and how we judge them

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How do you view sporting success?

Jul 14, 2014: Do you gauge it by rewards or in terms of the experiences accumulated on the way?

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It's time to stop treating umpires with contempt

Jun 30, 2014: Since players know they can get away with murder, umpires are often reduced to being a chorus

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The incredibly malleable spirit of cricket

Jun 17, 2014: It's possible for two people to argue for hours about someone "crossing the line" without anyone knowing what or where the line is

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Is cricket ripe for a tactical overhaul?

Jun 2, 2014: Like football, can it be reinvented by master tacticians, or is it too individual to be shaped?

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How much talent does the difficult player need?

May 20, 2014: Exceptionally gifted but unreliable players are often given lots of rope by management, but far too many seem to believe themselves to be deserving of that leeway

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