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Why Philander remains South Africa's go-to bowler

Jul 28, 2017: Despite other bowlers' ability to bowl quicker or swing the ball more, Vernon Philander has remained South Africa's most bankable bowler in Tests

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Does Sri Lanka remain a tough country for openers?

Jul 21, 2017: From 2011 to 2016, the average opening stand in Tests in Sri Lanka was the lowest among all countries. However, there has been a bit of a revival in 2017

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Moeen and Stokes highlight England's all-round strength

Jul 14, 2017: The Lord's Test against South Africa was another fine illustration of how well England have been served by their lower middle order, with both bat and ball

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The closest rivalries in Test cricket

Jul 7, 2017: Since South Africa's readmission, few match-ups have been as closely fought as the one between England and South Africa

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Quinton de Kock's outstanding Test run

Jun 30, 2017: The South African wicketkeeper has consistently been among the runs over the last 18 months, and he will be key to the team's fortunes in the Test series in England

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Has the extra outfielder affected scoring rates in the last ten?

Jun 23, 2017: A comparison of the numbers in the last ten overs of ODIs before and after the rule change which allows an extra fielder outside the circle in the last ten overs

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The best bowling pairs in a season

Mar 31, 2017: Ashwin and Jadeja took 153 wickets in the 13 Tests they played in 2016-17. A look at other bowling pairs who excelled in a season

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How good has Umesh Yadav got?

Mar 24, 2017: In the last 18 months, the Indian fast bowler has made significant strides, and the most impressive aspect has been his improved control

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Nathan Lyon's second-innings problems in Asia

Mar 17, 2017: Nathan Lyon's performance in the Bengaluru Test underscored his tendency to perform well in the first innings in Asia, but fade away in the second

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Outstanding in ODIs, mediocre in Tests

Mar 3, 2017: Martin Guptill makes big hundreds for fun in ODIs, but in Tests he has struggled to make an impact despite having played almost 50 matches

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Mr Inconsistents

Feb 24, 2017: There is no doubting the batting talent of Shaun Marsh and KL Rahul, but both have been plagued by inconsistency in their Test careers so far

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Should Australia be so reliant on spin in India?

Feb 17, 2017: Their slow bowlers have struggled in Asia over the last nine years, while their fast bowlers have done much better. They may have missed a trick with their selection

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What do Warner and du Plessis have in common?

Feb 10, 2017: Their ODI careers have been remarkably similar so far, and over the last couple of years both have reached new highs in the format

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Bumrah's T20I exploits

Feb 3, 2017: His outstanding numbers in T20Is, especially in the slog overs, means that a vital component of India's bowling problem has been addressed

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The curious case of Shakib Al Hasan

Jan 20, 2017: His Test stats as batsman and bowler compare favourably with some of the best allrounders, which is why his second-innings dismissal in Wellington is all the more puzzling

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Australia's Mr Dependable

Jan 13, 2017: After 26 Tests, Josh Hazlewood's bowling stats are remarkably similar to those of Glenn McGrath

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The captain who raised his batsmanship

Jan 6, 2017: Among batsmen who have scored at least 2000 ODI runs both as captain and as player, only AB de Villiers has a higher difference in averages than Dhoni

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Can Sri Lanka up their game in South Africa?

Dec 23, 2016: Sri Lanka have generally struggled to cope with the pace and seam of South Africa's pitches, but they have an opportunity to make a fresh beginning with a young team

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Pakistan's pace problems in Australia

Dec 16, 2016: Pakistan's fast bowlers have traditionally been the biggest weapons for their team, but in Australia their numbers aren't so impressive, especially recently

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The unstoppable Ellyse Perry

Dec 9, 2016: Since the start of 2014, the Australian allrounder has made 17 fifty-plus scores in 23 ODI innings. No other player - male or female - has ever had such an incredible run

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