articles by Peter Miller

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India vs Australia: R Ashwin has his task cut out for him in Test series — improve upon dismal overseas record

R Ashwin has the skills, and his overseas record is remarkably poor considering just how good he is. Australia are there for the taking. Ashwin needs to step up and show the world that he can take advantage of that.

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India vs Australia: Inconsistent KL Rahul in desperate need of runs to cement opening spot

It is against the English seamers that the KL Rahul was found out this summer, and it will be against a strong Australian fast bowling cartel that he will be tested thoroughly when things get underway in Adelaide.

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India vs Australia: Ishant Sharma's glorious chance to come good on that early promise he showed back in 2008

It will take more than wickets from Ishant to win this for India, but he can play a huge part in this golden opportunity for India to win a series in Australia for the first time.

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Sri Lanka vs England: Joe Root and Co's aggressive approach to Tests is high risk but it can become the new prototype for the format

England have long been at the forefront of attacking batting in limited overs cricket. Now it seems they have taken this approach to Test cricket and, against all odds, it seems to be working.

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Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe: Visitors' first away Test win in 17 years a welcome boost but stability crucial going ahead

While you can’t see Zimbabwe starting to take the world by storm - it is unlikely that they are going to start claiming really big scalps - if they can keep this group together in an atmosphere that has some stability things can improve.

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India vs West Indies: Virat Kohli is the greatest ODI batsman of all time and no, this isn't hyperbole

It isn’t a question of if Virat Kohli claims every single ODI batting record, it is just a matter of when.

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Kevin Pietersen, one of England's most exciting batsmen, deserved a farewell better than one in near-empty Sharjah

That Kevin Pietersen's career ended in the UAE in front of empty seats instead of at the Oval in front of a sell-out crowd in a Test match represents a failure of the England team management, and a failure by Pietersen himself.

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Ashes 2017: England prevent whitewash at Melbourne against Australia in a result that really does matter

That England won’t lose every game in this Ashes series represents a turnaround. That is how bad things had got. The series had gone, but this result mattered.

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Ashes 2017: Alastair Cook's double ton puts England in dominant position, but concerns remain over middle-order

As Cook batted brilliantly for his unbeaten 244, the rest of the English middle-order did their best to undermine his efforts.

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Ashes 2017: Redemption for Alastair Cook and Stuart Broad as England boss Day Two, but job's not done yet

Both Alastair Cook and Stuart Broad were under pressure, both went some way to silencing their detractors as England put themselves in a strong position on Day Two in Melbourne.

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Ashes 2017: David Warner ton lights up opening day of Melbourne Test but England bowling continues to lack sting

Things could have been a lot worse for England, and at 244 for three at the close, things are actually even in this game. But this has been the exact point in every match in this series so far when Australia’s middle and lower order has taken the game away from England.

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Ashes 2017: England hurt by underperforming seniors; even a draw in Melbourne will be a big achievement

England have a chance to reverse the decline, and at this stage anything other than 0-5 is actually something of a victory. A draw will do. A loss is more likely.

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Ashes 2017: England’s experienced players fail to deliver again as Australia win Perth Test and series

Apart from the delay caused by the covers malfunctioning, it was all very straightforward for Australia as they swept aside the England tail once again. They are good value for their 3-0 lead.

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Ashes 2017: Alastair Cook, Joe Root's failures; insipid bowling underline England's struggles

England are on the brink of another loss in Western Australia, a state where they have one 40-year-old win in 14 matches.

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Ashes 2017: Steve Smith, Mitchell Marsh put Australia in control as England's uninspiring bowling display lets them down again

There has been so much talk of England lacking pace, and they do. But the bigger issue is that they have consistently bowled the wrong lines and lengths.

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Ashes 2017: England's lower-order collapse, Steve Smith's brilliance restores balance on Day 2 of WACA Test

England now need to find a way to get Smith out and get through the rest of the Australia batting line up before they are able to get a significant lead.

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Ashes 2017: Dawid Malan's brilliant maiden century masks England's top-order troubles

The most impressive batsman, by a distance, was Malan who also made a maiden Test hundred. He looked very solid against the quick bowlers and showed much more intent against Nathan Lyon’s off spin

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Ashes 2017: Ineffective bowling, over-reliance on Cook and Root key reasons for England's Adelaide loss

England lost the second Test as their bowling was not incisive enough to take 20 wickets on Australian pitches, and their batting is overly reliant on Alastair Cook and Joe Root.

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Ashes 2017: James Anderson's skill and guile, Joe Root's fight provide England slim hope

If Joe Root converts the second innings unbeaten 67 into a really big score, something that he has struggled to do so often in the past, England could claim one of the greatest comeback wins.

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Ashes 2017: Late Australian wickets give England hope, but visitors likely to suffer defeat in second Test

Even if England managed to bowl Australia out for 150 with would still be second favourites to get a win. Taking time out of the game is just as important.