articles by Peter Miller

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Four-day Tests debate: Proposed change small price to pay in order to boost long term viability of longer format

It is a compromise, but if that compromise means fewer one off games, fewer two-match Test series but more Test cricket overall, and if it increases the long term viability of the format, it might well be one worth making.

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The Hundred: Lasith Malinga, Shakib Al Hasan missing out in tournament's draft not surprising; Liam Livingstone's selection raised eyebrows

The draft for the ECB’s new tournament, The Hundred, took place at Sky Sports’ state of the art studio on Sunday night, and considering that any process of filling in a load of squad lists will never be action packed, it was as good as it could be.

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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Unsung hero Liam Plunkett has been key man for England in journey to glory

The only three games England lost in this World Cup were the ones were Plunkett did not play. Every time he has been in England’s team they have been the victors.

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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: England's date with destiny result of ODI cricket taking precedence over Ashes

Even before the World Cup started, this was England's best-ever chance to win a World Cup. With one game to go, that is even truer.

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England vs New Zealand, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Hosts' unreliable middle-order a cause of concern despite on-song openers

The importance of that opening pair to England has been very obvious in the last two games as the middle order has struggled to kick on once the ball has gone soft. This is something that England cannot afford in the knockouts

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India vs England, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli's and Co's patient approach no match for hosts' all-out attack

This wasn’t just a clash between the two best ODI teams in the world. It was also a clash of styles. India’s approach at this World Cup has been about making just enough.

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England vs Australia, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Hosts' nervous failures put them in tight spot as semi-finals race intensifies

The situation that England find themselves in is entirely of their own making. The reasons for their predicament are fairly plain to see. They have, at various points in this tournament, fielded badly, bowled badly, or batted badly. Against Australia at Lord’s, they managed all three at various points of their 64-run defeat.

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England vs Sri Lanka, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Hosts' batting order suffers rare brain fade against Sri Lanka in low-scoring thriller

Before this tournament it was easy to believe that this England side was invincible, right now their weaknesses are clear to see

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England vs Afghanistan, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Hosts continue to redefine ODI batting paradigm with relentless big-hitting

The heights to which England have taken batting in recent years is quite remarkable. They are scoring at seven runs an over in this World Cup; no team is close to that rate. They have batted five times and made more than 300 in four of those.

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England vs West Indies, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Jofra Archer turns Caribbean sub-plot to sideshow with clinical performance

Archer playing for his adoptive country against a team he could well have been representing if things had worked out differently is a compelling tale, but there is little morality at the heart of this.

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England vs Bangladesh, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Hosts' mature batting approach sounds fresh warning to all teams

England's win in Cardiff showed that they can score heavily without swinging for the fences from ball one. The idea of this England batting line-up adding nuance to their arsenal is a mouth-watering prospect as this tournament progresses.

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England vs Pakistan, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: No need for Eoin Morgan and Co to panic, hosts can look at positives after defeat

Even with this loss there is no need for England to panic. They are still very well placed to get the five wins they need from their remaining seven matches to all but guarantee a semi-final spot.

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England vs South Africa, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Ben Stokes' all-round brilliance gives hosts ideal head start in opener

Aside from his batting, Stokes is good enough to play as a fifth bowler, even if he is the sixth choice with the ball in this England line-up. There are few cricketers in the world who can bat, bowl and field with his amount of combined ability.

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Liam Dawson, England bowler, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Crafty spinner and utility batsman, Dawson lends depth to English squad

Dawson is a clever spinner who can out-think batsmen, he is a very good fielder inside and outside of the circle and he can score important runs.

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Jofra Archer, England all-rounder, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Archer's all-round brilliance lends balance, X-factor to England squad

Archer may be new to international cricket, but he has been around for a long time now. This World Cup could just be the platform for him to announce his prowess.

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James Vince, England batsman, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Time for Vince to convert promise into performance

There is no doubting Vince’s talent, or the aesthetically-pleasing way he goes about things, but he has little to show for this as far as international numbers are concerned.

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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, England preview: Fearless batting, uncluttered mind give hosts their best chance to shine at global showpiece

England got to the latter stages of the last two ICC Champions Trophies which were held in England, looking well placed to win the tournaments, only to collapse when they needed to stand tall. Will it be any different this time?

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Mark Wood, England bowler, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: With some luck and careful workload management, pacer could put hosts in driver's seat

If England use Mark Wood wisely, and he finds a couple of spells where it all clicks, he could well put England in the driving seat in a few of those matches.

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David Willey, England batsman, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Left-arm pacer's ability to take wickets in Powerplay key for team

What David Willey has been able to do with reasonable regularity is take wickets in the opening Powerplay, and that is so important in modern-day one day cricket.