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Former England, Kent and Middlesex batsman; writer for the New Statesman
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In praise of the old dog

Aug 25, 2015: Sometimes it just makes sense to pick an in-form player in his 30s than a younger alternative

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Captaincy: why authenticity matters

Aug 10, 2015: In the hare-and-tortoise comparison of Clarke and Cook, we must not lose sight of the fact that one man's methods are not necessarily better than the other's

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Selection: the most underrated force in a team's fortunes

Jul 28, 2015: Once the players are out on the pitch, they are on their own - which makes it important to get the right ones out there in the first place

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England and the importance of optimism and innocence

Jul 13, 2015: Momentum isn't only about winning sessions in a row. It is a direct result of the kind of players you pick

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Cook's clarity breeds resilience

May 25, 2015: With his immaculate concentration at Lord's on Sunday, England's captain revealed his mental toughness. Whatever the sphere, the latter flows from the former

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Natural leaders are made in retrospect

May 11, 2015: There is no template for the perfect captain. Some of the game's greatest were not identified as such straightaway

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Follow in the bare footsteps of the Kalenjin

Apr 20, 2015: Champion runners from the Kenyan tribe show how the interventions of modern sports science can be counterproductive if relied upon too soon. Cricketers, are you listening?

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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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