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The summer of a man's life

Oct 3, 2015: The summer of 1947 was the zenith for the County Championship, and of Denis Compton and Bill Edrich

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Facing Holding with a little thin towel

Sep 19, 2015: Brian Close and John Edrich won plenty of admirers - and took as many hits - on a brutal evening in Manchester in 1976

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When Sunny made 438 look gettable

Sep 5, 2015: Had India pulled off a remarkable victory at The Oval in 1979, Sunil Gavaskar's 221 would be up there as the greatest Test innings

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Absent... in prison

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

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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

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A victory for cricket

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

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Greenidge's brutal assault

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

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The earring that upset the MCC

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

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Man overboard

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

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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

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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

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The birth of the World Cup

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

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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

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The return of Bob Simpson

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

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    England finally figure out one-day cricket

Numbers Don't Lie: They have had a dramatic revival in the 50-over game since the World Cup, and it's largely owing to their middle-order enforcers

Tape-ball tales

The Cricket Monthly: The form of the game that gave Karachi its unique cricketing identity
TCM November issue

    Simmons says his piece; WICB's move now

Tony Cozier: The West Indies coach has presented his case for why he believes there is interference in selection

Golden ducks for a cause

Liam Cromar: The Primary Club, a charity founded by inept batsmen, has been supporting blind cricketers in England for six decades

The kinaesthetic beauty of timing

Sankaran Krishna: When batsmen transfer their body weight and movement precisely into the point of contact between bat and ball, the results can be glorious

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The difference between Nagpur and Nottingham

One home advantage is not better or worse than the other, but this pitch had variable turn, bounce and pace to go with the fact that pitches that turn from ball one get worse with time

'Ridiculous waste of time and wrong decision'

In five minutes, Nathan Lyon was twice ruled not-out, controversially. The Twitter world did not hold back

Ross Taylor treats himself

How Ross Taylor reconciled with New Zealand cricket and made the highest score by a visiting batsman in Australia

A six-ton Test, and Imran's prolific 30s

Plus: most runs in a Test by a New Zealander, and c&b by the same bowler twice in a Test

South Africa fall to record lows

Stats highlights from the second day's play in Nagpur, where South Africa collapsed to their lowest total since their return to Test cricket

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