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English cricket must reach out and touch its public

Jul 25, 2016: Its image as an establishment game fits uncomfortably with the impulse to spread T20 cricket to a wider audience. Meanwhile, it needs to become relevant to as many people as possible

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Could social media save the English domestic game?

Jun 9, 2016: The likes of Twitter are spreading the word about the country's professional circuit more enthusiastically than newspapers ever did

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Welcome to the new voice of cricket

Apr 1, 2016: A brave new experiment at the start of the English season and what it means for cricket writing

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Last chance for protected counties to prove their worth

Mar 17, 2016: If the English game is to avoid going down the city-based franchise route, the onus is on counties to increase cricket's appeal within their communities

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Is the game going to the dogs?

Feb 5, 2016: Cricket's future lies with the young, but that future is an uncertain one, as the latest furore over mankading shows

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Cricket confronts its identity crisis

Jan 11, 2016: The sport is threatened by multiple-personality disorder. It needs to decide upon the virtues it wishes to protect, and speak with one voice

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Cricket and the curse of conservatism

Dec 3, 2015: The recent day-night Test was greeted with suspicion - notably (and absurdly) by the statistically minded

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Does the Cowdrey Lecture matter?

Sep 10, 2015: For all its colonial baggage, the MCC's efforts as a lobby group to serve cricket's best interests are worthwhile and especially relevant today

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England v New Zealand, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 3rd day

Watling's century has its own majesty

May 31, 2015: While Brendon McCullum and Mike Hesson were both honoured by the Queen, an understated cricketer unlikely to attract royal attention played the considered innings that might well bring New Zealand victory

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England news

Born to serve

May 9, 2015: Andrew Strauss now faces a challenging task as an administrator: of shaping the same sort of success he achieved as a player

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England coach must wield selection power

May 4, 2015: It is time to empower the England coach to take full responsibility for the team: either back Peter Moores or sack him

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World Cup 2015: England

No country for folk heroes

Mar 2, 2015: The debate about whether Eoin Morgan should sing the national anthem is typical of an English culture that demands its cricketers be both free-spirited and happy to conform

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Pietersen stars in his own muppet show

Jan 26, 2015: Kevin Pietersen's rubbishing of many aspiring English county professionals brings to mind the belief of Miss Piggy that "there is no one in the world to compare with moi"

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A crisis that defines the age

Nov 20, 2014: Never mind cricket's absence from free-to-air TV - changes in social attitudes, the demands of work, and an individualistic age are all contributing to a decline in participation

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Morgan's warning must be heeded

Nov 16, 2014: Eoin Morgan's condemnation of England's Twenty20 competition has exposed the deep divisions between the ECB and its elite players on the future of the professional game

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India in England 2014

Anderson England's guilty pleasure

Jul 31, 2014: There is an uncomfortable recognition that the beauty of James Anderson's cricket comes with a professionalism that has been taken to the limits but weak umpiring has to share the blame

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The answer is in the outgrounds

Jul 5, 2014: The revival of some of county cricket's outgrounds can give groundstaff at county headquarters time to improve pitches in the NatWest Blast

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England v Netherlands, World T20, Group 1, Chittagong

England's final humiliation

Mar 31, 2014: There is no cause to analyse England's defeat against the Netherlands, no need to search for explanations. It was beyond all that. All that is needed is a simple recognition that it was unacceptable

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Flower power and the demise of the machines

Feb 1, 2014: Criticisms of an over-reliance on data will sting Andy Flower, who must discover the more human side of analysis if he is to successfully develop the leadership potential of England's next generation

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ICC's revamp plans

On the verge of a diplomatic triumph

Jan 22, 2014: If the ICC revolution goes ahead, Giles Clarke would have completed a remarkable turnaround in England's relationship with India

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Ed Smith: It might sound counter-intuitive but players can convert the experience of mental strain into purposefulness, and derive strength from it

    English cricket must reach out to its public

Its image as an establishment game fits uncomfortably with the impulse to spread T20 cricket to a wider audience

The hinterland of 40

Jon Hotten: At Lord's we saw three in-between scores of the sort that are as likely to annoy the selectors as excite them

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West Indies need to paper over bowling cracks

The hosts' pace attack, with a combined experience of 31 Tests and 56 wickets, is a candidate for being their weakest ever, yet India cannot simply show up and expect to win

Yasir's 13 going on 100, and 42-year-old centurions

Also, losing ten-fors, and back to back Tests at Lord's

Ashwin emulates Botham with ton and seven-for

Stats highlights from the fourth day's play in Antigua where Ashwin's maiden five-wicket haul outside Asia bowled India to an innings victory

Kohli's banner day in Antigua

Stats highlights from the first day of the Antigua Test, where Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan stole the show from the hosts

Loose West Indies succumb to Ashwin's wiles

One after another, the hosts' batsmen attempted questionable flicks and drives in their second innings, disregarding the drift and dip the offspinner was generating

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