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Morne Morkel: finishing on a high

Mar 30, 2018: He perhaps never reached the peaks that were expected of him as a Test bowler, but over the last year he has been exceptional

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A smashing start to T20Is in 2018

Feb 23, 2018: The average T20I run rate in 2018 so far is 8.87, the highest among all years so far

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Awesome in ODIs, poor in Tests

Feb 16, 2018: Shikhar Dhawan's ODI record outside Asia is superb but his Test stats are quite patchy, and some of it has to do with how he fares against the short ball in the two formats

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India's spinners dominate in South Africa like never before

Feb 9, 2018: Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have turned common perception on its head with a display of unprecedented dominance in South Africa

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How England are better than every other team in the middle overs in ODIs

Jan 26, 2018: England's ODI resurgence over the last two and a half years has largely been the result of a fearless approach to batting, especially between overs 11 and 40

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Why India's overseas record is a problem

Jan 19, 2018: They have a 1-17 win-loss record in their last 24 Tests in Australia, England, New Zealand and South Africa

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No place for top-order batsmen

Jan 12, 2018: In the last eight years, South Africa has easily been the toughest country for overseas top-order batsmen (Nos. 1-3). They have scored only seven centuries in 210 innings

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Why Australia are in control of the Ashes

Dec 22, 2017: A look at ESPncricinfo's control stats, which reveal Steven Smith's mastery, and why James Vince and Pat Cummins deserve more than they have got so far in the Ashes series

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Rohit Sharma and the art of pacing an ODI innings

Dec 15, 2017: Rohit Sharma's third ODI double-century highlights his exceptional ability to drastically switch gears after reaching his hundred, and do so in a relatively risk-free manner

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Root, Cook, and England's overseas problems

Dec 8, 2017: England have floundered overseas in the last five years, and much of it has been due to Alastair Cook's poor form and Joe Root's inability to get hundreds

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Why Nathan Lyon is special

Dec 1, 2017: Fingerspinners have generally struggled in Australia, but Nathan Lyon has been a glorious exception

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Can the away Rahane come home please?

Nov 24, 2017: He has been outstanding on tours, but his average at home has dropped to less than 37; the difference between the two is among the highest in Test history

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Australia's top order versus England's lower order

Nov 17, 2017: Australia have the home advantage, but most of the other numbers between the two teams are pretty similar over the last 18 months

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A year of decisive results in Test cricket

Nov 3, 2017: Despite the draw in Bulawayo, 2017 has seen a new high in terms of Test matches that have had decisive results

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The Hasan Ali factor in Pakistan's bowling attack

Oct 27, 2017: Pakistan's pace attack has enjoyed a superb year in ODIs in 2017, and the biggest reason for that has been the emergence of Hasan Ali

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The curious cases of Shafiq and Karunaratne

Oct 13, 2017: Both were prolific in the recently concluded Pakistan-Sri Lanka series, but their overall Test careers is a strange mix of excellence and mediocrity

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Rangana Herath and his fourth-innings mastery

Oct 6, 2017: In the Abu Dhabi Test, Rangana Herath once again showed his fourth-innings mastery, becoming only the fourth bowler to take 100 wickets in the last innings

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Reopening the debate on best chasers in ODIs

Sep 22, 2017: Another look at the batsmen with the best record in ODI chases, taking into account relative strike rates, runs per innings, and percentage of team runs scored

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Will Rohit Sharma dominate his favourite opponents again?

Sep 15, 2017: He has been on an incredible run spree against Australia in recent years, and his superb numbers of late suggest he will have another fine series against them

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Why Shakib is the best Test allrounder going around today

Sep 1, 2017: Since the start of 2014, Shakib Al Hasan averages almost 49 with the bat and 31 with the ball, with a 16% contribution of the team's runs, and 30% of their wickets. No other allrounder comes close during this period

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