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The Oval grind of 1938

Aug 22, 2015: Playing a Test to the finish, however long that might take, seemed a good idea once upon a time. But a 900-plus total showed why that wasn't the case

Martin Williamson

1981

Beefy's 28-ball Ashes broadside

Aug 8, 2015: Ian Botham had had a quiet match at Edgbaston in 1981, until he was summoned into the attack for one last burst at the Australians

Martin Williamson

1972

The fungus that floored the Aussies

Jul 25, 2015: Australia's 1972 tourists were fuming after the pitch at Leeds was left bare, slow and perfectly suited to the bowling of England's Derek Underwood

Martin Williamson

1956

When Laker skittled the Aussies

Jul 11, 2015: Jim Laker's 19 wickets at Old Trafford in 1956 came close to being overshadowed by a row over the Old Trafford pitch

Martin Williamson

1933

The kid who was competition to Bradman

Jun 28, 2015: The player who many thought was a better batsman than the greatest of them all

Martin Williamson

1865

The start of something very special

Jun 13, 2015: The 16-year-old WG Grace made an impact in his very first match 150 years ago

Martin Williamson

1935

Absent... in prison

May 30, 2015: The England allrounder who missed a summer after being sent down

Martin Williamson

Back from the dead

May 16, 2015: The story of Harry Lee, an England batsman who played a Test match after being declared officially dead

Martin Williamson

1945

A victory for cricket

May 2, 2015: Within days of World War II ending, England and Australia were meeting at Lord's

Martin Williamson

1984

Greenidge's brutal assault

Apr 18, 2015: When Gordon Greenidge smashed a last-day double-hundred to win a Lord's Test

Martin Williamson

1982

The earring that upset the MCC

Apr 4, 2015: When the selection of Derek Pringle ruffled feathers

Martin Williamson

2007

Man overboard

Mar 21, 2015: When Andrew Flintoff ended up in the ocean after a late-night drinking session

Martin Williamson

1999

A word in your ear

Mar 7, 2015: When Bob Woolmer and Hansie Cronje fell foul of the ICC in their attempt to use technology to help their communication

Martin Williamson

2003

Shane Warne's World Cup shame

Feb 14, 2015: 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

Martin Williamson

1975

The birth of the World Cup

Jan 31, 2015: The low-key launch of the tournament in 1975

Martin Williamson

1979

The start of saturation cricket

Jan 17, 2015: Australia's international tri-series came out of financial necessity and the need to appease a broadcaster

Martin Williamson

1977

The return of Bob Simpson

Dec 20, 2014: When the 41-year-old former captain came out of retirement to lead Australia against India

Martin Williamson

1962

The bouncer that ended a career

Dec 6, 2014: In 1962, India's captain, Nari Contractor, was left critically ill after being hit on the head by a West Indian fast bowler

Martin Williamson

1899

Four afternoons into immortality

Nov 22, 2014: In 1899 a 13-year-old orphan at Clifton College established a world record which stands to this day

Martin Williamson

Cricket while Dhaka burned

Nov 8, 2014: The tour of Pakistan that was nearly aborted due to unrest relating to the Bangladeshi independence movement

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