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Cricket needs to start valuing selectors more highly than coaches
Cricket needs to start valuing selectors more highly than coaches

It's clear a number of selectors across the world don't quite know what they need to be looking for

How do you bowl to a batter like Dean Elgar?
How do you bowl to a batter like Dean Elgar?

He has an enviable ability to dismiss the previous delivery from his mind and it accounts for a lot of his success

My year of watching and covering the game
My year of watching and covering the game

2021 featured lots of early starts, memorable conversations, a new cricket format - and a fair bit of golf

England are presentable at home but poor abroad, and their home strength is under threat
England are presentable at home but poor abroad, and their home strength is under threat

Though he is their best batter, a fair amount of the blame for that must go to Joe Root

What we've learnt from cricket's second Covid year
What we've learnt from cricket's second Covid year

The pandemic has only exacerbated the inequalities in the game, but the Big Three could help by putting out multiple teams simultaneously

Chris Silverwood's position as England head coach untenable after Ashes drubbing
Chris Silverwood's position as England head coach untenable after Ashes drubbing

Not one of the young players in whom so much time and money has been invested has thrived under Silverwood's watch

The world has changed, and Kohli must scrap for his place in it
The world has changed, and Kohli must scrap for his place in it

It isn't just a question of the next century, the man is now sparring with administrators, unthinkable two years ago

Are England enjoying themselves? Or has cricket turned into an obligation for them?
Are England enjoying themselves? Or has cricket turned into an obligation for them?

The horror start to the Ashes shows they might have lost sight of what's most important in the game

Pat Cummins is as much the ideal captain as Joe Root isn't
Pat Cummins is as much the ideal captain as Joe Root isn't

One is inspirational, well respected, and will grow into a strong leader; the other is an ordinary, and unlucky, captain

Virat Kohli's biggest gambit yet
Virat Kohli's biggest gambit yet

Kohli has made many bold - and sometimes unpopular - calls in his captaincy, but taking on the board might be the boldest

Flawed but necessary: SJN hearings reveal no heroes, no villains
Flawed but necessary: SJN hearings reveal no heroes, no villains

Extensive grassroots development and a detailed transformation policy that goes beyond mere numbers are now a must

How to play spin well: Mayank Agarwal gave us a masterclass in Mumbai
How to play spin well: Mayank Agarwal gave us a masterclass in Mumbai

In the toughest circumstances, he produced his A game

Rohit Sharma's ascent to ODI captaincy predictable and sensible
Rohit Sharma's ascent to ODI captaincy predictable and sensible

There is intrigue in the way the BCCI has handled and communicated the removal of Kohli, but that is not new with the board

If England don't make a strong showing in Brisbane, Australia could run away with the Ashes
If England don't make a strong showing in Brisbane, Australia could run away with the Ashes

Australia have a good attack, established stars with the bat, and a new captain who is the best man for the job

Wake up and smell the Gabba
Wake up and smell the Gabba

Do we need reminding that England have not had a pretty time of it at the start of series down under in recent times - or even further back?

How did Tom Latham bat so well on the slow Kanpur pitch against India's spinners?
How did Tom Latham bat so well on the slow Kanpur pitch against India's spinners?

His off-side game against spin is limited, but that actually works in his favour

Have we seen the last of Tim Paine on a cricket field?
Have we seen the last of Tim Paine on a cricket field?

He may only have himself to blame for the indiscretions that seem to have cost him his career, but we can still feel a tinge of sadness for him

In a world far from ideal, New Zealand forced to make the most of an unfair deal
In a world far from ideal, New Zealand forced to make the most of an unfair deal

In the pandemic-hit world, Test cricket outside the big three ends up losing the most because it is the most disposable

Robin Uthappa: AB de Villiers shattered the ceiling of batting technique
Robin Uthappa: AB de Villiers shattered the ceiling of batting technique

The innovation we see in T20 batting today started with him

T20 has gone too far in the direction of entertainment
T20 has gone too far in the direction of entertainment

When bowlers are reduced to deliberately bowling wide and wickets come off batters' errors, you know the balance isn't right