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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 news

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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England news

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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England news

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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England news

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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The Ashes 2013-14

Swann mistaken not to see it through

Dec 22, 2013: At their time of need, Graeme Swann has decided to desert his team-mates

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The Ashes 2013-14

Time for Trott to seek new truths

Nov 26, 2013: England's vast support network provides for a player's every needs. Perhaps in a curious way that is part of the problem

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England v Australia, 3rd Investec Test, Old Trafford, 4th day

Declare and be damned

Aug 4, 2013: There is nothing like poor weather and trying to gauge a declaration to mess with a cricketer's mind - just for once Michael Clarke should have asked the journalists instead

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England v Australia, 3rd Investec Test, Old Trafford, 2nd day

Warner revels in panto villain debut

Aug 2, 2013: Australia's moustachioed cricketing pugilist made an appropriately comedic decision to review his dismissal, to the delight of the Old Trafford crowd

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England v Australia, 1st Investec Test, Trent Bridge

Wrong place, wrong time, wrong call

Jul 13, 2013: Stuart Broad did only what cricketers have been doing for half a century - but doing it in the full glare of the Ashes has unleashed the sermonising

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The Investec Ashes 2013

Lehmann euphoria leaves England wary

Jul 1, 2013: The instalment of Darren Lehmann, a cricketing Falstaff who likes a drink and a chat, as Australia's new coach has given this Ashes its own particular zing

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England v India, Champions Trophy, final, Edgbaston

ICC must never betray fans again

Jun 23, 2013: The lack of a reserve day for the Champions Trophy final was a huge let-down by the ICC

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Champions Trophy 2013

Lots of rumour, but no hard evidence

Jun 15, 2013: The words of a former England captain turned commentator have sparked a controversy around the Champions Trophy hosts but, as yet, there is no hard evidence

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Is it time to rethink the toss?

Jon Hotten: Why not let captains decide what batting or bowling first is worth and use runs to buy the advantage?

    The bat-first advantage in Tests

Numbers Game: Since 2009, teams batting first have a win-loss ratio which is 61% higher than it was between 2000 and 2008

'Long-term aim is to have one officiating DRS system'

ICC CEO David Richardson speaks about the need for context in bilateral cricket, and the creation of qualifying leagues

    The one stat that makes Steyn stand out

What sets Dale Steyn apart from the rest of the 400-club? His phenomenal strike rate

Another T20 bash, another T&T win

Business as usual? Yes, but this year's tournament had other stories too - not all of them positive. By Colin Benjamin

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Cricket in colour - What's your favourite team kit?

Papua New Guinea's attractive team kit at the World T20 Qualifier, cool cap included, caught our attention. What's your favourite of them all?

4391 runs after 35, and 2354 outside top five

On Sunday, Tillakaratne Dilshan became the 11th batsman to score 10,000-plus ODI runs. Here are the key numbers from his ODI career

'I always wanted to bowl the last over of an ODI'

Former Australia fast bowler Damien Fleming on bowling in thrilling World Cup semi-finals, mastering the subcontinent, and taking on Tendulkar

Australia's soft centre exposed

The failure of anyone other than Chris Rogers to cope with the conditions at Edgbaston was another worrying sign of Australian fallibility abroad

Which country were they born in?

Quite a few of England's players over the years have been born outside England. Do you know where?

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    Succession issues prompt hard questions (65)

    Australia's selectors and management have been accused of being too harsh on Brad Haddin but the team's horrible display at Edgbaston suggests that they may actually have been too lenient, and not just on him

    The Ian Bell conundrum (62)

    Since the beginning of 2012, Ian Bell averages 34.69 when batting in the top six; among regular top-order batsmen, only Shane Watson has a lower average

    Be alarmed, be very alarmed (58)

    Death of a Gentleman exposes how neo-liberal economics threatens the game, while also hinting at worse lying beneath the surface, leaving you feeling disillusioned and angry

    Mustafizur and the art of the cutter (54)

    What makes this innocuous-seeming bowler so difficult to handle?

    Patience running out on Ramdin again (49)

    Should he be dropped from the one-day squad to Zimbabwe, it will be the latest chapter in the wicketkeeper's strained relations with the authorities in particular