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We need a better measure than economy rate in T20
We need a better measure than economy rate in T20

The traditional metric has served well, but it doesn't take context into account

Why cricket makes me weepy
Why cricket makes me weepy

To start with, I'm an England fan introduced to the game in the 1990s

The parent trap
The parent trap

Babies and cricket fandom don't mix well

A Perth quick goes to Yorkshire
A Perth quick goes to Yorkshire

Every year scores of professional cricketers flock to the English leagues. A fast bowler from Western Australia who has made the journey three times tells of his experiences

Robert Key, the ruddy-faced southern me
Robert Key, the ruddy-faced southern me

Always a stand-in, he never really got his due with England - not that he let it bother him too much

America is waking up to cricket's marketing potential
America is waking up to cricket's marketing potential

The IPL and the vast Indian consumer base are attracting other sports owners, data analysts, and lots of others interested in making money

How much does the toss really matter?
How much does the toss really matter?

The numbers show that the team winning the toss has a marginal advantage, and the extent of it varies depending on the format and the quality of the teams

How do you compare players across eras?
How do you compare players across eras?

You can't rate apples against oranges, we're often told. True, but there still are ways of discussing players of one age in the context of those from another

Darren Sammy, WICB-slayer?
Darren Sammy, WICB-slayer?

Will the West Indies captain go down in history as the man who brought the board to its knees?

What's in a press conference?
What's in a press conference?

Journalists look for headlines, while players usually hope to get away with saying nothing - though sometimes they make grand statements. Mostly, a balance is struck

How do we devise a Test championship that satisfies everyone?
How do we devise a Test championship that satisfies everyone?

In the past, bilateral self-interest has worked against plans for a Test championship. The challenge for the ICC is to find a model that suits all concerned

Where Kohli is better than Tendulkar
Where Kohli is better than Tendulkar

In limited-overs cricket, Kohli always gives you the feeling that he can fix any situation, unlike Tendulkar - though the latter was a superior batsman

This one time when I played first-class cricket
This one time when I played first-class cricket

Facing professional fast bowling, even if it's not extreme pace, can be a daunting and thrilling experience

The problem with the PSL
The problem with the PSL

The format hardly makes for compelling cricket, and the fact that people expect the league to bring top-level cricket back to Pakistan is an unnecessary burden

Why we need the spirit of cricket
Why we need the spirit of cricket

In recent times it has almost come to be fashionable to deride the concept, but it is one worthy of upholding

The Englishmen who spoke for voiceless South Africans
The Englishmen who spoke for voiceless South Africans

Remembering two Test cricketers who worked to undermine apartheid's evil effects

The day I played against KP
The day I played against KP

As Big Bash clubs gear up for their summer of slather and whack, a Melbourne journalist recalls his brush with fame at the start of last year's T20 season

My TE and my Venkat long ago
My TE and my Venkat long ago

Life is endlessly touched by the game when you're the child of a cricket-crazy parent

Let's keep the ball talking
Let's keep the ball talking

There's nothing quite as magical in cricket as moving the ball in the air at speed

The (literal) art of cricket
The (literal) art of cricket

CLR James was right when he said cricket holds a claim to being regarded as an art form