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The Analyst

Mitchell Starc can do deadly damage with the old ball, especially against England’s tail. This is how…

Simon Hughes

There are elements other than his Christian name that Mitchell Starc shares with Mitchell Johnson, England’s tormentor the last time they were down under. There is his left-arm angle, of course, his lower trajectory, his preference for an older ball and, whisper it quietly, his fragile confidence. These last three aspects are closely linked.

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England’s greatest batsmen – we asked 27 experts to name their top 5, and collated the results. There are some fascinating choices! The superb Simon Barnes, with the best turn of phrase in sports journalism, on England’s year so far. The feisty Jarrod Kimber on the state of play in Australian cricket. The elegant and massively under-rated David Townsend on Adelaide Oval. A lovely piece on the greatness of Dennis Lillee, by Simon Hughes. A forensic look at the problems at Sussex, by the man in the know, Bruce Talbot.