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Former Hampshire batsman; host of Channel Nine's cricket coverage
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Smith stands tall at the tail of Australia's odd summer of cricket

Feb 22, 2017: Amid questions over the domestic schedule and a rut for the national team, their captain inspired Australia to turn things around - but bigger tests lie ahead

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We'll remember Cook for his love of cricket

Feb 9, 2017: That, the mountains of runs he put up, his dignity under provocation, and his kindness and decency

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Is Younis Pakistan's greatest batsman?

Dec 14, 2016: Special as the likes of Hanif, Inzamam, Miandad and Yousuf were, this cussed oldster just might have pipped them all. He certainly has the numbers

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Matt Renshaw's excellent adventure

Nov 30, 2016: You only needed to watch Australia's youngest debutant in Adelaide to know that the playing of cricket brings joy

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Australia can find a way out of the darkness

Nov 16, 2016: The key is for them to see an opportunity in the chaos that engulfs them

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Watch out for South Africa's bowlers

Nov 2, 2016: Steyn, Philander, Morkel and Rabada come from a long, proud line of fast men, and they'll present Australia with a stern challenge

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How Dolly changed the colour of our sport

Oct 28, 2016: To better appreciate the value of quotas in sport, take a look again at Basil D'Oliveira's story

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Durham must be saved and rebuilt

Oct 13, 2016: It is difficult to be sure that the punishment of relegation fit Durham's crime (if crime it was), but the points penalty undermines the cricketers and the supporters

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Here's to England

Sep 29, 2016: The summer just past, including the thrilling finale of the County Championship, have provided much reason for fans to celebrate

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City-based T20? Give it a shot

Sep 16, 2016: England has for long needed a T20 tournament modelled on the IPL and BBL. If one comes to be, as it looks likely to, it could shake up the domestic game for the better

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England's tour to Bangladesh will be an inspiration to the game

Sep 6, 2016: While it's up to each player to make his own decision to travel or not, there are plenty of reasons to go ahead with the tour

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England's limitless future

Aug 31, 2016: In ODIs they have a line-up packed with power hitters down to the lower order. The 444 was not as much of a surprise as it might at first seem

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England v Pakistan, 4th Test, The Oval, 4th day

Edgbaston emotions colour the series finale

Aug 14, 2016: England looked tired after their victory in the third Test, and Pakistan looked energised by the need to respond. The upshot was telling at The Oval

Mark Nicholas at The Oval

England v Pakistan, 1st Test, Lord's, 4th day

Masters of making the ball talk

Jul 17, 2016: The one constant in Pakistan cricket is the inherent quality and variety of the bowling. The use of the ball, its leather and its seam, is a culture, forensically explored and widely envied

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England v Pakistan, 1st Test, Lord's, 2nd day

The redemption of Mohammad Amir

Jul 15, 2016: Amid the nervous tension, frustration and elation, Mohammad Amir finally drew a line under his Lord's story

Mark Nicholas at Lord's

England's dressing room of smiles

Jul 7, 2016: It is a time of fine leadership, strong management and uncomplicated coaching for them. For Sri Lanka, not so much

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Give the World Test Championship a chance

Jun 23, 2016: Test cricket needs to be given back to the people. Everybody must buy in to this bigger picture or the moment will pass us by

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England v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Chester-le-Street, 4th day

England's guardian joins 10K club

May 30, 2016: The youngest among a bloody-minded dozen, Alastair Cook was marked out for greatness more than a decade ago - and there is still more to come

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England v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Chester-le-Street, 1st day

Stance and style set England batsmen apart

May 27, 2016: England's top five is dominated by four right-handed batsmen with modern stances but very contrasting styles

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England v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Headingley, 3rd day

The return of the outswing

May 21, 2016: James Anderson has fantastic variation to his bowling, but the value of the stock ball should never be underestimated

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Time to undo some of our theories about cricket?

Jon Hotten: Michael Lewis' new book suggests we often make judgements based on flawed reasoning. Let's learn from it

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Sriram's familiarity with India gives Australia edge to adapt

Former India batsman Sridharan Sriram was the first recipient of the Border-Gavaskar scholarship long ago. Now he has played a part in Australia's first step towards retaining the Border-Gavaskar Trophy

How the Pune pitch backfired for India

Even though the pitches at the MCA Stadium in Pune have usually been flat or have assisted seamers, preparing a rank turner for its Test debut meant there was an accident waiting to happen

What Karachi need to do to qualify

Qualification scenarios for the last spot in the top four in PSL 2017

India's worst ever seven-wicket collapse

As Steve O'Keefe raced his way to a six-wicket haul in Pune, India registered a record collapse

West Indies world champions win T20 awards

Stokes and Broad win Test awards, Afghanistan take Associate honours, and Kohli is named captain of the year

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