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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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    Clarke's fairy tale

Mark Nicholas: The last few days have been about being loved at last for Australia's World Cup-winning captain

    Come fly with me

Diaries: Sharda Ugra finds Hamilton's laid-back charm hard to resist, and summons up the courage to leap off the tallest building in the hemisphere

    What did we learn from this World Cup?

That there is a place for proper batsmanship in ODIs, that New Zealand punch above their weight, and that taking wickets wins you matches. By Ed Smith

    New Zealand's greatest almost

Jarrod Kimber: Led by their fearless captain, New Zealand threw themselves at this World Cup and came as close as they ever have done to greatness

When defeats haunt

Nicholas Hogg: In close matches you ponder over the what-could-have-beens; in a one-sided game, the past is put to rest quickly

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Wet weather dulls India's threat perception

The SCG might be India's preferred semi-final venue at this World Cup, but persistent rain in the lead-up has left them worried their spinners may not get the help they are widely expected to

The battle of the bullies

This contest brings together a belligerent bunch of brats and braggers from two countries that are so different, yet share rampant egotism and a high opinion of themselves

Dhoni masters numbers game to crack ODI code

Over the last few months, he has slowly moved from a flashy finisher, to a more measured risk manager

Time slips by South Africa once again

It was Grant Elliott and New Zealand's time in Auckland. Not South Africa's. But the Proteas will leave this tournament wondering when that will ever change. Maybe next time.

Triumph and disaster in an unforgiving minute

The difference between New Zealand and South Africa in Auckland was a matter of moments: fleeting minutes that laid bare the fickle beauty and cruelty of sport

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    The battle of the bullies (236)

    This contest brings together a belligerent bunch of brats and braggers from two countries that are so different, yet share rampant egotism and a high opinion of themselves

    India swept away by Australia's depth (183)

    India's Plan A in this World Cup had worked flawlessly over seven matches. When they came up against the toughest opponents in the World Cup, however, they were left scrambling for a back-up plan

    Time slips by South Africa once again (147)

    It was Grant Elliott and New Zealand's time in Auckland. Not South Africa's. But the Proteas will leave this tournament wondering when that will ever change. Maybe next time.

    Wet weather dulls India's threat perception (140)

    The SCG might be India's preferred semi-final venue at this World Cup, but persistent rain in the lead-up has left them worried their spinners may not get the help they are widely expected to

    The greatest time of our lives (138)

    Whatever happens, the Australia-New Zealand World Cup final at the MCG will be the most divine fun