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Former Hampshire batsman; host of Channel Nine's cricket coverage
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England's swinging shooting star

Apr 17, 2015: The boy from Burnley with magic in his wrist has surpassed all before him - with luck we will be able to enjoy his skill and application for a few more years yet

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Clarke's fairy tale

Mar 30, 2015: The last few weeks and days have been about being loved at last for Australia's World Cup-winning captain

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And then there were three

Mar 23, 2015: The final knockouts of the World Cup have the potential to be cricket classics

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Surprised by England's World Cup debacle? Don't be

Mar 12, 2015: Yes, the players are to blame, but more so the system that has sidelined the 50-overs format and turned it into a confused obligation

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Three issues the ICC needs to address

Mar 5, 2015: Cricket's governing body needs to resolve some problems pronto to make for a better World Cup for all

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Will New Zealand's momentum overpower Australia?

Feb 26, 2015: They only need to follow the example of their aggressive captain, who doesn't let insecurity undermine him

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All eyes on the big one

Feb 12, 2015: Cricket's top carnival has rolled around once more, bringing images of the past in its wake

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Lift yourself, ODI cricket

Jan 30, 2015: The format's future depends on how exciting the players make the main event

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Morgan must get England to show some edge

Jan 18, 2015: The way the England captain imposed himself in Sydney can teach his fellow batsmen about finding a bit of mongrel

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Stop embarrassing yourselves over the DRS, India

Jan 2, 2015: Rather than complain about the so-called ineffectiveness of the system, the BCCI should use its financial muscle to improve it

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A good time to invest in Smith stock

Dec 17, 2014: Australia's new captain is confident, gives off positive vibes, and has adapted his batting to show more responsibility without shedding his youthful bravado

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The spirit of Hughes, the spirit of cricket

Dec 4, 2014: Stop the rancour, stop the sledging, play the game and ignite the friendships that make it so special

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Give cricket's best brains a say in the game's future

Nov 20, 2014: What if commentators, former players, broadcasters, match referees and journalists pool their ideas and present them to the ICC?

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We need to make a Test championship work

Nov 6, 2014: The idea may have been shelved, but it's important that it's revived and made feasible

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No time for India and West Indies to squabble

Oct 23, 2014: Why the BCCI should use a carrot, not a stick, in its approach to the WICB

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A summer of reconciliation and redemption

Oct 9, 2014: Yorkshire's outstanding success, Jimmy's tears, the fightback against India - it was an English season where you didn't really a miss a certain someone

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The mighty Mr Pollock

Aug 28, 2014: Graeme Pollock has been among the top three finest players his country ever produced; and not far off that pace in the world rankings either

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England v India, 5th Investec Test, The Oval, 3rd day

One-day barrier to Indian Test progress

Aug 17, 2014: With too great an emphasis on limited-overs cricket, MS Dhoni's side have a set of skills and a level of concentration that are not commensurate with the necessities of Tests

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England v India, 5th Investec Test, The Oval, 1st day

Cook on right side of Sliding Doors

Aug 15, 2014: England appear to be cruising towards a 3-1 series victory - but things could have been very different were it not for three coin tosses and a dropped catch

Mark Nicholas at The Oval

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

Young England growing up fast

Aug 9, 2014: The turnaround in England's fortunes since defeat at Lord's has been remarkable and testament to the faith Alastair Cook has shown in several new players

Mark Nicholas at Old Trafford
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'Charging the first three balls is not proper cricket'

Beige Brigade: The boys wonder how New Zealand let it slip in the World Cup final and compare Williamson to Crowe

What the England director of cricket needs to do

If you have not been soundly beaten in the Ashes, or lack a properly English nickname, you're definitely not fit for the role. By Alan Tyers

Comebacks from hopeless second-innings situations

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Where has Pakistan's aggression gone?

Attacking play - particularly bowling - has been the team's hallmark down the decades, but not anymore it would seem

Three questions for cricket

Do fast bowlers need verbal fisticuffs to generate aggression? Does sending a nightwatchman in always make sense? Is surpassing 100mph even possible?

Azhar Ali needs time to move out of Misbah's shadow

Azhar Ali's early steps in captaincy will be analysed extensively but he needs time to step out of the large shadows of Misbah-ul-Haq and Shahid Afridi

The IPL 2015's support staff XI

We thought it would be a fun exercise to pick a dream XI from the support staff on duty with the IPL franchises this season. The only rule: everyone on the team should have played international cricket. Here goes ...

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