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Freelance writer, author of Gentlemen and Sledgers
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Imran's team or Misbah's: which was greater?

Sep 21, 2016: Each had to overcome very different hurdles from the other to become a top Test side

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In praise of Mighty Joe

Aug 10, 2015: Root has reached a pinnacle achieved by few Englishmen in modern times, and he has done it with a charming and infectious joy that belies his innate toughness

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Must Buttler keep in all formats?

Jun 27, 2015: England could further exploit his worth as a batsman by relieving him of wicketkeeping duties in Tests

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Time to pension off the seniors?

Jul 24, 2014: If England are going to win nothing, history suggests it might be worth their while to win nothing with kids

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The joy of selection roulette

Jun 10, 2014: The build-up to the Sri Lanka series has recalled the bad old days of inconsistent England selection - and provided some fantasy for fans once again

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Eoin Morgan's time is here

Jan 24, 2014: England are in a position where failure is nothing to be afraid of and they must realise his potential impact as an aggressor in the middle order

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The cult of Flower?

Nov 18, 2013: England's coach is so influential, you have to wonder if he has brought the role of football's all-powerful manager to cricket

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Broad's mighty challenge

Nov 8, 2013: Few England players in the modern era have been booed to the extent Broad will be. Will he rise to the occasion?

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Will Cook break all of Tendulkar's Test records?

At 31, he holds all the major England batting records. The insurmountable peak now looks scaleable. By Kartikeya Date

    Bouncer-safety starts with watching the ball

Ashley Mallett talks to Ian Chappell, Greg Chappell and Bob Simpson about proper technique while facing short balls

A sleepless night in Chittagong

George Dobell: Whether Bangladesh win or England, this Test will be one for the ages

The greatest cricketer who never lived

In our new series, we look at cricket in fiction. First up, Shehan Karunatilaka's Chinaman
The Cricket Monthly October issue

The hinterland of 40

Jon Hotten: At Lord's we saw three in-between scores of the sort that are as likely to annoy the selectors as excite them

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Candid Clarke's revelations and reckonings

Talking points from Michael Clarke's new autobiography

Asif marks first-class comeback with victory

ESPNcricinfo looks at the major talking points from the latest round of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2016-17

Azhar's 302 and 2, and the cheapest eight-for

Also: most wickets in a bowler's last Test, and Australia's whitewashes

An Ashwin nightmare awaits Australia

They have traditionally struggled against good offspin bowling, and the Indian spinner can now be included among the best of his kind

Dhoni's 9000 runs: 244 innings, 10109 balls

Almost two-thirds of Dhoni's 9000 ODI runs have come as captain and all of them with the extra responsibility of keeping

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