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Sangakkara: a mix of modern and orthodox
Sangakkara: a mix of modern and orthodox

He embraced the current practice of playing an all-out aggressive game without sacrificing the strong technique he grew up with

Why Clarke might not be as good against spin as we think
Why Clarke might not be as good against spin as we think

The Australian captain is considered world-class against spin, but his numbers in Asia suggest he has some chinks in his armour

Mustafizur and the art of the cutter
Mustafizur and the art of the cutter

What makes this innocuous-seeming bowler so difficult to handle?

Alastair Cook's mind games
Alastair Cook's mind games

Was the England captain's slump in form brought on by issues of technique or by a cluttered mind?

The Rogers method
The Rogers method

The lack of a backlift restricts the Australian opener's range of strokes, especially the drive, but he has managed to use his limitations to his advantage

Will we see the Harbhajan of old?
Will we see the Harbhajan of old?

India's leading offspinner of the 2000s fell away because of his tendency to overuse the doosra. Can he make enough of an impact in Bangladesh?

How aggression pays off for McCullum
How aggression pays off for McCullum

As a batsman, he's bent on taking the fight to the opposition, and it's much the same with his captaincy

Why it pays to be a left-arm quick
Why it pays to be a left-arm quick

They create awkward angles for right-hand batsmen and can use the threat of the incoming delivery, which help keep the batsmen quiet

What makes AB tick
What makes AB tick

His still head and ability to maintain a low centre of gravity help him to pull off the shots he does

The art of Amla
The art of Amla

His amazing bat speed helps make up for a minor technical quirk

The problem with England's one-day batting
The problem with England's one-day batting

They prefer to mostly stay in the crease, even to spinners, and don't seem to know how to pace an innings when batting first

What makes Maxwell different
What makes Maxwell different

Like many other destructive batsmen, he has quick hands. Unlike them, he plays the field set for him, not the bowler

The modern batsman's weakness against the bouncer
The modern batsman's weakness against the bouncer

A lot of batsmen nowadays take blows to the head or body because they commit too early on the front foot when they should be focusing on going deeper in the crease

What can India do against Steven Smith?
What can India do against Steven Smith?

He has made over 500 runs in the three Tests so far, but he isn't quite invincible

The secret of Vijay's success
The secret of Vijay's success

The Indian opener does not play the horizontal-bat shots, but he has a good record in Australia regardless

Why Dhoni's weakness against fuller balls is no longer a problem
Why Dhoni's weakness against fuller balls is no longer a problem

If he shows the discipline he did in England, resisting the temptation to drive full deliveries outside off, he could get a maiden Test hundred in Australia

Kohli's England failures technical, not mental
Kohli's England failures technical, not mental

The batsman needs to make a minor adjustment in getting his upper body to move in the direction of the ball, especially if it swings away

Dhawan's bouncer problem
Dhawan's bouncer problem

Why the Indian opener would be well advised to shelve the hook and pull in Australia

Pujara and the challenge of being a Test-only batsman
Pujara and the challenge of being a Test-only batsman

Shorter tours don't allow you time to get into form, and domestic cricket isn't demanding enough

What Mitch does
What Mitch does

Johnson has picked up his pace, and his bounce and late movement have got batsmen wary too