Martin Williamson

Shane Warne arrives at a press conference


Shane Warne's World Cup shame

In 2003, taking a tablet given to him by his mother to get rid of a double chin cost him a year of his career

Tony Lewis, Tony Blair, Lord MacLaurin and Jagmohan Dalmiya at the 1999 World Cup opening ceremony

How the World Cup became a commercial hit

The relatively modest sums from the first three World Cups were overshadowed by the sale of TV rights in subsequent editions

Michael Holding bowls to Mike Brearley


The start of saturation cricket

Australia's international tri-series came out of financial necessity and the need to appease a broadcaster

Bob Simpson drives on his way to 176


The return of Bob Simpson

When the 41-year-old former captain came out of retirement to lead Australia against India

Nari Contractor is led off after being struck by Charlie Griffith


The bouncer that ended a career

In 1962, India's captain, Nari Contractor, was left critically ill after being hit on the head by a West Indian fast bowler

A memorial at Clifton College marking AEJ Collins' record innings


Four afternoons into immortality

In 1899 a 13-year-old orphan at Clifton College established a world record which stands to this day

Crowds cheer the acting Bangladesh president and the acting government during a mass meeting in Jessore, East Pakistan

Cricket while Dhaka burned

The tour of Pakistan that was nearly aborted due to unrest relating to the Bangladeshi independence movement

Ian Chappell is run out by Clive Lloyd in the World Cup final


The deadly arm of Viv Richards

Ian Chappell and two of his team-mates took on Viv Richards the fielder in the 1975 World Cup final, and lost

Fred Titmus falls to the ground after being hit by Jeff Thomson


Shell-shocked and bloodied

England arrived in Australia full of hope... and left routed, battered and bewildered