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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

Martin Williamson

1974

Shell-shocked and bloodied

Oct 11, 2014: England arrived in Australia full of hope... and left routed, battered and bewildered

Martin Williamson

1932

An Englishman abroad

Sep 27, 2014: The story of the great actor-cricketer Charles Aubrey Smith, and Hollywood CC, founded in the early '30s

Martin Williamson

1977

Down to the wire

Sep 13, 2014: When the County Championship was controversially tied for the last time after a gripping finale to the season

Martin Williamson

1982

India's Constant problem

Aug 30, 2014: How a row over the appointment of an umpire at the start of 1982 eventually led to the Shakoor Rana-Mike Gatting stand-off

Martin Williamson

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
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