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Who's the next-best batsman after Bradman?

Apr 1, 2013: We all know who the greatest batsman of them all is, but who's second in line?

The best after the Don? That's a toughie

Mar 18, 2013: Introducing the next theme in our series: the second-finest batsman ever (after you know who)

Mark Nicholas

What is the most influential innovation in cricket?

Mar 11, 2013: Accidental or intentional, departures from the norm often aid the evolution of a sport. Five writers pick their top innovations in cricket

Which is the best ground to watch cricket in?

Dec 17, 2012: There are pretty grounds, historic grounds, grounds that ooze atmosphere, and those that make you feel like you're in the Colosseum. Five writers choose their favourites

Which are the finest cricket books?

Oct 8, 2012: Cricket probably boasts the best writing in all sport. We asked five writers to pick the cricket books they love most

What's the best sight in cricket?

Sep 3, 2012: All spectator sports are meant to provide spectacles, but cricket arguably presents the biggest variety. Five writers choose their favourite sights in the game

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    'The guy you want to go to war with'

My XI: Martin Crowe on the gritty approach that turned Allan Border into a run-machine

    What good is a nightwatchman?

Rob Steen: In modern times, a few tailenders have thrived higher up the order, but the psychological advantage it gives the opposition can't be discounted

    Together they fall

Jarrod Kimber: England rose to No. 1 with a machine-like efficiency but the signs of an impending breakdown were quickly apparent

    Four in four, and stands by Nos. 10 and 11

Ask Steven: Also, most balls faced in a T20, highest limited-overs score at Lord's, and long lives after Test debut

A strange, brutal magic

Jon Hotten: As Ishant Sharma showed at Lord's, short-pitched bowling can open old wounds and create sudden uncertainty

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Ridiculed Ishant ridicules England

Ishant Sharma has often been the butt of jokes, and sometimes deservedly so. Today, however, the joke was on England

England seem to have forgotten about personality

They have to see a glass that is half-full, and play the game as if it is just that, a game; and an opportunity

Bigger concerns for England than Lord's pitch

While the pitch took most of the blame at Trent Bridge, at Lord's England will need to get more controlling overs from their spinners. The reality is there is no quick fix

Another battle, another defeat on Planet Al

Alastair Cook has got used to feeling of the axe hanging over him. Only his team-mates can save England now

'Even the bluddy Nawab!'

Pataudi Jr caught a young English fan's fancy for his princely ways and his heroic batting

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