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1914

Duty calls

Aug 4, 2014: As losses mounted at the start of World War I, cricket continued to rumble on until the public outcry grew too loud

Martin Williamson

1974

Boycott floored by an Indian trundler

Jul 26, 2014: When Eknath Solkar got under the skin of Geoff Boycott, leading to a three-year self-imposed exile from Test cricket

Martin Williamson

1990

Gower savours life in the last chance saloon

Jul 12, 2014: David Gower was on the verge of being dropped for good at The Oval in 1990 before he scored a charismatic 157 against India

Martin Williamson

1952

The new Larwood who destroyed India

Jun 28, 2014: Fred Trueman was called up by England because he was fast... as India's fragile batting line-up discovered on his debut at Headingley

Martin Williamson

1924

Undercooked South Africa's all-time low

Jun 14, 2014: South Africa's lack of preparation was there for all to see as they started a series by being bowled out for a record low score

Martin Williamson

1994

Lara's quintuple fable

May 31, 2014: Six weeks after smashing 375, then the highest Test score, Brian Lara became the only man to pass 500 in first-class cricket

Martin Williamson

1934

Absent... dead

May 17, 2014: A seemingly run-of-the-mill Championship match grabbed the headlines when a player was found dead in his bed on the second morning of the game

Martin Williamson

2004

Lara reclaims his record

May 3, 2014: Six months after losing his record for the highest Test score, Brian Lara faced England in Antigua. And rewrote history

Martin Williamson

1994

The world record that nearly wasn't

Apr 19, 2014: Twenty years ago this week, Brian Lara became Test cricket's highest scorer, but he almost didn't make it

Martin Williamson

1963

Dimly fades the Don

Mar 29, 2014: Fifteen years after his famous final Test innings, Bradman faced England once again

Martin Williamson

1990

'Write anything bad and I'll whack you'

Mar 15, 2014: When Viv Richards took exception to a front-page report and marched up to the press box to have words with the journalist

Martin Williamson

1990

Demented and orgasmic gesticulations

Mar 1, 2014: Viv Richards' over-the-top celebrations and a commentary row blighted the fourth Test of 1990 in Bridgetown

Martin Williamson

1982

The end of the line for Boycott

Feb 15, 2014: Geoff Boycott largely chose the time and nature of his quitting Test cricket but ruffled feathers in the process

Martin Williamson

1930

Playing two Tests in a day

Feb 1, 2014: In the first month of 1930 England found themselves playing simultaneous Test series in New Zealand and the Caribbean

Martin Williamson

1908

When cricket hit the West End

Jan 18, 2014: The game has been played in few stranger places than in the London Coliseum Theatre of Varieties in St Martin's Lane

Martin Williamson

1958

England routed in 'a travesty of a game'

Dec 21, 2013: England went Down Under with great expectations in 1958, but things went downhill rapidly for them

Martin Williamson

1933

A near riot at Adelaide Oval

Dec 7, 2013: The lowest point of one of cricket's most bitter series came in Adelaide in 1933, when mounted police were needed to prevent a riot in an Ashes Test

Martin Williamson

1953

A barnacle on Australia's backside

Nov 23, 2013: Questionable spirit of cricket isn't just a modern tendency. Great players of the past also indulged in it, especially when it came to saving a Test

Martin Williamson

1992

When a rusty Jonathan Agnew 'got away with it'

Nov 9, 2013: One of the game's more unusual comebacks involved the long-time BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew

Martin Williamson

2006

The first-class farce

Oct 26, 2013: Seven years ago Zimbabwe cricket was in the same boat it is in today - financially crippled and struggling to conduct domestic tournaments

Martin Williamson
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After 8-0, MS Dhoni could look forward to building a team from scratch; now, there is nothing left for him to contribute. Free him from the Test captaincy and he could yet give back in other ways

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For all MS Dhoni's many trophies and accomplishments, Test cricket continues to resist his magic and indefinitely postpone his motorbike ride into the sunset

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