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1978

The end of the innocence

May 18, 2013: The felling of a tailender by Bob Willis triggered the acceptance that helmets were needed in the game

Martin Williamson

1880

Well done... and straight to prison

May 4, 2013: The tale of a man who took 4 for 49 and was promptly arrested for deserting the army

Martin Williamson

1963

Opening Pandora's one-day box

Apr 20, 2013: Fifty years ago, an effort to bring crowds back to cricket led to the birth of a new format

Martin Williamson

1903

Snow, sleet ... and cricket

Apr 6, 2013: In 1903, the English county season got off to a start with a match between London County and Surrey. But the match, which featured WG Grace and Bangalore Jayaram, was played amid sleet and snow showers

Martin Williamson

1969

Australia's greatest challenge

Mar 23, 2013: In 1969-70 Australia won their series in India: a battle between spinners and batsmen, played against a background of widespread violence

Martin Williamson

2006

Putting Sachin in the shade

Mar 9, 2013: When two Hyderabad schoolboys smashed a record set 18 years earlier by Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli

Martin Williamson

1998

When Lara led a players' strike

Feb 23, 2013: West Indies cricket hit a new low in November 1998 when the captain and his squad refused to travel to South Africa

Martin Williamson

1978

'I've run you out, you ****'

Feb 9, 2013: The nadir of Geoff Boycott's brief time as England captain came when he was deliberately run out by one of his own side

Martin Williamson

1985

Botham, Hollywood and James Bond

Jan 26, 2013: When Beefy was told he had the 'looks, build and accent' to be the next 007

Martin Williamson

1955

Plumbing the depths

Jan 12, 2013: When New Zealand set an unwelcome Test record that still stands almost 60 years later

Martin Williamson

1964

Desperate times... send for Blowers

Dec 15, 2012: When an injury-ravaged England were so short they almost had to send for Henry Blofeld

Martin Williamson

1977

The Vaseline affair

Dec 1, 2012: When a discarded strip of gauze threatened to derail a series

Martin Williamson

1962

When players became cricketers

Nov 17, 2012: Fifty years ago this month the distinction between amateurs and professionals was finally abolished and they all become simply 'cricketers'

Martin Williamson

1886

The first team from India to visit England

Nov 3, 2012: Fifteen Parsees toured England in 1886, and though the results weren't great, they were well received

Martin Williamson

1981

India opens Pandora's ODI Box

Oct 20, 2012: They were the slowest country to embrace the one-day game, but they more than made up for it in the years that followed

Martin Williamson

1969

Viv Richards' two-year ban

Oct 6, 2012: When an outburst of petulance led him to do things he regretted years later

Martin Williamson

1967

Geoff Boycott's Indian bore

Sep 22, 2012: As the England opener showed, there are occasions when the score itself is less important than the way the runs are accumulated

Martin Williamson

1912

The soggiest of squibs

Sep 8, 2012: At the end of a wet summer, we look back to an even wetter one, and the death of a visionary idea

Martin Williamson

2003

Crash, bang and Pandora's box is opened

Aug 25, 2012: The day the game of cricket was changed forever

Martin Williamson

1960

No-balled out of the game

Aug 11, 2012: The sorry tale of South Africa fast bowler Geoff Griffin, who was no-balled out of Test cricket at Lord's in 1960... but not before he had taken a hat-trick

Martin Williamson
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