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Shaun Pollock and Allan Donald celebrate a wicket with their team-mates

Hate to Love

Life lessons from Donald and Pollock

It was hard for England fans to watch them repeatedly dismantle Atherton and Co, but it was harder to ignore their passion and skill

Colin Milburn, wearing an eyepatch after his accident, does commentary for the BBC

Colin Milburn's summer of '66

Fifty years ago, with the whole of England gripped by football fever, cricket fans were falling for the unlikely charms of an 18-stone slogger

Jos Buttler dives into the crease

Cover story

New England's fresh face

Jos Buttler is perhaps the first real success story of the shift in emphasis in his country's cricket

James Anderson receives his England cap from David Graveney

Feature

Act one, scene one

For some players, their fate is sealed after their first match. For others, it is merely a sign of things to come

Stuart Clark poses with the Ashes urn

High Fives

Remember the time?

The series that defined five very different fast bowlers

Michael Vaughan and England pose with the Basil D'Oliveira Trophy

2004-05

The forging of Vaughan's Ashes-winners

Daniel Brigham looks back on England's thunderous Test series in South Africa in 2004-05, one of their most impressive overseas wins of all time

Sachin Tendulkar holds aloft a glass of beer

High Fives

For the love of county

Few things speak of the English summer as the County Championship. To celebrate its 125th anniversary, here are the five most memorable seasons

Sam Robson has champagne poured over him by his team-mates

Feature

New England rising

Gary Ballance, Chris Jordan and Sam Robson were born in three different continents, thousands of miles from Lord's. What does their journey mean for the future of English cricket?