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(James Marsh is a TEFL teacher based in the Czech Republic, although his real occupation is alienating those close to him by wallowing on statsguru. He blogs on cricket at Pavilion Opinions and can be found on Twitter at @PavilionOpinion)

Andy Flower and the politics of resignation

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February 1, 2014, 3:32 pm

Andy Flower resigned from his post as England coach on Friday.

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Time for Andy Flower to go

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December 31, 2013, 2:16 pm

Andy Flower has to resign as there have been many disappointments in the recent past.

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Faf du Plessis’s latest act and the pocket conundrum

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October 29, 2013, 6:22 pm

This was a profound week for pockets' long and controversial role in cricket as Faf du Plessis's zip misdemeanor against Pakistan led to Match Referee, David Boon, creating the 'innovative’ new offence of accidental ball-tampering.

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India’s approved tour of South Africa puts CSA, BCCI and the game of cricket in bad light

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October 23, 2013, 6:18 pm

Cricket South Africa (CSA) offering up a blood sacrifice of Haroon Lorgat to N Srinivasan in exchange for allowing India's tour of their nation to go ahead could prove catastrophic for cricket. But it reflects poorly on CSA, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and cricket as a whole that it's taken such a phoney war to achieve this uneasy truce.

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Sohag Gazi, Shan Masood put down markers for future

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October 18, 2013, 9:31 pm

Barisal is known for its rice plantations and 17th century Portuguese pirates. It may soon be equally well known for being the home of Sohag Gazi, the young Bangladesh all-rounder with a taste for scrawling all over cricket's record books.

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Ashes 2013: Is Shane Watson’s bowling comparable to that of Jacques Kallis?

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August 5, 2013, 1:50 pm

Shane Watson, despite his unexceptional batting in this series, has, at a push, all the attributes — particularly vis-á-vis the game's peculiar lack of admiration for him — to be the heir to Jacques Kallis's mantle as the world's leading fast-bowling all-rounder.

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Michael Clarke has been every inch the leader of men

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August 4, 2013, 10:25 am

Hushed suggestions of hypochondria have circled around Michael Clarke recently, but the general consensus is that his back has now officially caused him even more pain and stress than Lara Bingle.

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Cricket follows Darwinian concept of ‘Survival of the fittest’

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July 14, 2013, 6:33 pm

The Colin Cowdrey Spirit of Cricket Lecture always garners headlines, but few speeches have been as acclaimed as Kumar Sangakkara's in 2011. Strolling as effortlessly as one of his cover drives through sport, politics, his upbringing and the 2009 terrorist attack on Sri Lanka's team bus in Pakistan, he delivered an emotive, touching talk on cricket's role within life and its powers for the wider good.

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Australia: Anatomy of a disaster

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June 18, 2013, 8:40 am

George Bailey has his critics, but on Monday he achieved the impossible by making poor Michael Clarke grimace at something other than his cursed vertebrae. It was a slovenly piece of running from the affable Australian stand-in captain ambling towards what he thought was the non-danger end —he clearly hadn't studied Sri Lanka's previous in this tournament — and up on the balcony the official skipper covered his face in his palm as his replacement was caught a long way short of his ground.

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Forget Rahul Dravid, N Srinivasan is India’s new wall!

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May 30, 2013, 10:48 am

N Srinivasan's performance at his press conference on Sunday teetered on the fault line between inspiration and delusion. There sat the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), plonked down like giant slab omnipotence, as he remained utterly unrepentant for and oblivious to what had happened in two of his fiefdoms, the Indian Premier League (IPL) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK).

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Sir Alex Ferguson steps down after intense lobbying against him by BCCI! Humour

Sir Alex Ferguson steps down after intense lobbying against him by BCCI!

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May 9, 2013, 11:46 am

After intense lobbying by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Sir Alex Ferguson stood down as manager of Manchester United on Wednesday, to be replaced by former Indian leg-spinner Laxman Sivaramakrishnan.

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IPL is no place for the weak minded

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April 17, 2013, 10:12 am

Compared to a few other members of the Test Match Special (TMS) commentary team, Geoffrey Boycott is a renaissance man when it comes to knowledge of world cricket. Listening, as is strongly recommended, to his regular ESPN podcast Bowl at Boycs; he exhibits an appreciation of the global game and its foibles which goes well beyond the often somewhat parochial confines of TMS and, at times, Sky broadcasts.

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Matt Prior — drawing comparisons with the great Allan Knott

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March 31, 2013, 12:06 pm

For some, Matt Prior used to be harder to warm to than an iceberg in the shape of Jimmy Savile. Perceived as brash and mouthy, the once fumbling ’keeper came close to being regarded as almost a proxy Kevin Pietersen, a South African import whose mucky aggression simply wasn't on within the gentler confines of the English game.

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South Africa vs Pakistan: The dark art of captaincy

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February 7, 2013, 2:13 pm

The toss for the first-ever Test match between South Africa and Pakistan at Johannesburg just over 18 years ago was ostensibly a noble affair.

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Ian Bell burns his bat in protest against India Humour

Ian Bell burns his bat in protest against India

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December 14, 2012, 10:26 am

Shortly after former New Zealand star batsman Martin Crowe protested against Ross Taylor's sacking by setting fire to his New Zealand Test blazer, another incident of what is already being termed "Crimation" occurred on Thursday when Ian Bell reportedly burnt his bat in protest at "the completely unacceptable treatment I've received at the hands of India's bowlers throughout this tour".

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South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Jul 24, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Colombo

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 24, 2014 (12:30 IST)   at Bulawayo

India tour of England 2014

Jul 27, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Southampton

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 6, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Galle

India tour of England 2014

Aug 7, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Manchester

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Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 22, 2014  at Bulawayo

Afghanistan won by 2 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 20, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 8 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 18, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 6 wkts

India tour of England 2014

Jul 17, 2014  at London

India won by 95 runs

South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Jul 16, 2014  at Galle

South Africa won by 153 runs

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