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Alex Hales to star in the CPL

Tasneem Summer Khan grabs an interview with Alex Hales after he's picked up by the CPL. Alex Hales: Making the best of things as a first round pick at the CPL.

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Wasted on the young: do IPL prodigies provide value for their riches?

wonders whether the youth policies of some franchises reap dividends. IPL young guns, potential riches within their grasp but can they handle the pressure at such a young age.

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Nakul Pande

Smaximum Effect: from your crores to your Cariappas, Nakul's know-it-all guide to IPL12

The tournament may have been shunted forward to accommodate the World Cup, and the schedule may have been delayed by the mind-boggling security and logistical operation of the Indian general election, but don't let anyone tell you that this is any sort of IPL Lite. This is the real deal: 8 star-studded teams duking it out over six weeks or so in the richest, most prestigious and still the biggest of all the world's T20 tournaments. Here's our exhaustive handbook on the 12th edition of this rolling cavalcade of fours, sixes, wickets and thoroughly underwhelmed cheerleaders.

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Hendo

Exclusive: Pakistani doctors' diagnosis - Arthur has to go, and we'll pay for sacking

Cash and harry: Dr Ansari's consortium want Arthur replaced by a more synergetic coaching team. A group of leading Pakistani physicians have offered to pay off the final year of Mickey Arthur's contract as they urge the country's board to seek a new start after the team's disastrous Asia Cup campaign. They believe the coach has failed to fully commit to the cause in a sport which unites the disparate 220 million population like very little else. Furthermore they accuse the South African of sidelining Sarfraz Ahmed over selection and key decisions, arguing that he leaves the captain to burden the disappointment of a nation's failure.

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The Guerillas

Great minds link alike: Guerilla Cricket teams up with leading Indian website

Today, we mark the beginning of what we hope will be a long and fruitful partnership with , a website based in India. Their site will carry our commentary and we hope to interact with their readers/viewers on Twitter and Facebook and get a real perspective from India on how this series is being viewed – not to mention series in the future such as the World Cup next year. The site, like Guerilla Cricket, is the result of the passion and commitment of its creators, who are Syed Sujjad, the chief executive, Ankit Mishra, the editor-in-chief, and Sai Kishore, the social media manager, and a worldwide team of more than 150 writers.

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Hendo

Opening questions: Cook, his brief, and the swipe over cover

argues that England might benefit from a change of approach from at least one batsman at the top of their order. Stable top: Cook's stickability would allow another opener to go hell for leather.

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Tony Bishop

Spellbound by a withered arm, and the dream of a lifetime: two memories of an Indian summer

Guerilla Cricket's own Tony Bishop, and Divya Rao, an Indian cricket enthusiast now based in Denmark, are two different generations of cricket lover whose paths crossed in their day jobs. Here they share their recollections of series past. Shirting his responsibility: Ganguly left it to Mohammad Kaif to see India home in 2002. (England v India, 3rd Test, The Oval, 1971). In 1971 I was 12. Already playing and acquiring my lifelong love of the game, a touring side from India seemed extremely exotic, lent an additional soupcon of mysticism by the tongue-twisting unfamiliarity of their names but more importantly by the deadly variety of their spin attack.

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Hendo

Adil Rashid could still become top Test spinner if he plays his cards right

Nigel Henderson talks to the Indian woman who is applying an ancient technique to predicting the results of cricket matches. Deal with The Devil? No, Rashid is looking more to the King of Swords. In his mystical best-selling work written in a frenzy of inspiration over a fortnight in 1987, the author Paulo Coelho has one character tell Santiago, his hero: "When you really want something to happen, the whole universe will conspire so that your wish comes true.".

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The Guerillas

Chennai-hilation revisited: England have little chance of revenge for winter of discontent

Finally, a series that knows how to build dramatic tension. T20s then ODIs then Tests is the way it should be – we've had the Kuldeep narrative, the birth of a potential rivalry between Joe Root and Hardik Pandya (if Pandya was deliberately bowling wides to deny Root a hundred at Headingley, that's pretty classless). And now a five-Test series. Here, in the second of two articles, the Guerilla experts give you the lowdown on how it will (*might) go.

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Che faces the axe as stats reveal India would do better with Jake Ball at No 3

Che goodbye: Pujara was struggling to cement his place in the side. After a summer in which cricket has taken a back-seat role to the World Cup, it returns to centre stage in August with one of the most eagerly anticipated clashes in years: five Tests between England and India in a series that rests on a knife-edge. India are the best Test side in the world at the moment according to the ICC rankings: in the last three years, their record is an impressive P34 W23 D7 L4, with batsmen averaging 39 in that time. In contrast, England have lost more than they've won (P41 W15 D6 L10) in that time, with their batsmen averaging just 32.

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