articles by Peter Miller

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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.

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Ashes 2017: England need to bat out of their skins at Adelaide if they want to avoid another defeat

England will need a batting performance better than anything they have managed on this tour so far if they are going to leave Adelaide with anything other than another loss.

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Ashes 2017-18: Australia benefit from blunt-edged England attack in Adelaide Test, but losing Steve Smith sets them back

The three best batsmen in the Australian team have been dismissed and Australia haven't scored quickly. This is the best worst-case scenario for England having won the toss and put Australian in to bat.

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Ashes 2017-18: Australia's bowling attack lives up to pre-series hype to leave England on brink of defeat

Aided by the pitch quickening up after three days of sunshine baking the surface, Australia delivered in a way that they didn’t in England’s first innings.

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Ashes 2017-18: Australia and England scripting painfully slow, yet gripping Test match at Brisbane

It isn’t fashionable, but there are times when attritional cricket can be absolutely fascinating. The pitch for the 1st Australia vs England Test is painfully slow, which has meant that both wickets and runs are hard to come by.

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Ashes 2017-18, Day 2: Late resistance, early incisions, 10 wickets make for fascinating day at The Gabba

The opening two days suggest England’s bowling is better than we suspected and the Australian batting is worse than we thought.

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Ashes 2017-18: James Vince staves off negativity to help resolute England achieve positive start

Going into this series James Vince’s Test average was less than 20. No one has ever doubted his ability; this innings was perhaps the first time he appeared that he had the temperament to succeed in Test cricket.

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Ashes 2017: England's chances hinge on how their batsmen tackle Australia's formidable bowling attack

England will need the Australia bowlers to under-perform and their batsmen to outperform expectations for them to stand a chance in this series, both of those scenarios is unlikely.

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India vs New Zealand: Visitors' batting and pace bowling units strong enough to keep team competitive in tough series

While it is unlikely that New Zealand will win their first bilateral ODI series on this trip, they should also be in the mix across the three matches.

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Pakistan vs Sri Lanka: As aging Rangana Herath crosses 400-wicket mark; visitors must quickly identify successor

Sri Lankan cricket has many problems, on and off the field, but while they have Herath in their ranks they have a jewel that needs to be treasured

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Champions Trophy 2017 venues: A trip down historic Edgbaston, The Oval and SSE Swalec

Take a look at the three stadiums, steeped in history, that will host the 2017 Champions Trophy matches

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Champions Trophy 2004: West Indies' dramatic victory brought a remarkable end to a forgettable tournament

The 2004 Champions Trophy was won by West Indies in dramatic fashion making It a remarkable end to a forgettable tournament

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IPL 2017: Gujarat Lions were plagued by lack of pace, ineffective spin-attack; finish 7th after dismal season

While the batting promised much more than it delivered, it was the bowling that was the big issue for the Gujarat Lions.

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IPL 2017: Gujarat Lions' lack of wicket-taking bowlers was once again the reason for their loss

The Gujarat Lions haven't won a match this season after batting first, and the reason for this has been their awful bowling.

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IPL 2017: Dwayne Smith’s innings against KXIP proved that he’s at his best while opening

If you are going to pick Smith, he has to be at the top of the order. The harder ball and the fielding restrictions allow him full license to use his powerful build to muscle the ball over the boundary.

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IPL 2017: Gujarat Lions’ bowlers let them down once more against Delhi Daredevils

The Lions have used 18 bowlers this season and have not once won a game defending a total. While it has never been harder to bowl second in T20 cricket that is a terrible return from a team that topped the table last season.

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IPL 2017: Gujarat Lions didn't do much wrong but were blown away by Ben Stokes' brilliant ton

The Gujarat Lions started brilliantly with the ball but Ben Stokes' maiden T20 hundred snatched the match out of their hands.

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IPL 2017: GL's Aaron Finch showed against RCB why he is one of the best batsmen in T20 format

Aaron Finch was batting on a different pitch altogether as he smashed a 22-ball fifty on his way to a match-winning 72 from 34 balls.

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IPL 2017: Gujarat Lions' listless bowling, misfiring top order script yet another losing saga

Every time this Gujarat Lions team has been written about there have been comments about the potential for this team to go big. The problem is that there has been little sign of it actually happening

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IPL 2017: Gujarat Lions' surprise win over KKR papers over deficiencies in team makeup

The danger here is that the Lions will think that this lineup is the right one, when it could well see them come unstuck