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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

1983

The fastest hundred that never was

Sep 28, 2013: How Steve O'Shaughnessy's whirlwind knock managed to upset purists and cause controversy over the tactics used

Martin Williamson

1963

'A perversion of positive cricket'

Sep 14, 2013: The world's first one-day final still managed to upset purists and cause controversy over the tactics used

Martin Williamson

1973

The start of a love affair

Aug 31, 2013: When a one-sided one-day international at The Oval in the late summer of 1973 triggered a passion that lasts to this day

Martin Williamson

1953

Same Ashes, but an altogether different world

Aug 17, 2013: England regained the Ashes at The Oval in 1953 and 2005. But the experience of Test cricket could not have changed more in in the 52 years between the two matches

Martin Williamson

1993

The ball of the century

Aug 3, 2013: When a peroxide-blond, earring-wearing leggie turned the game of cricket on its head

Martin Williamson

1975

Overexposed at Lord's

Jul 20, 2013: When a merchant seaman stripped down to his trainers and hurdled the stumps during an Ashes Test at Lord's

Martin Williamson

1938

The boy who bowled Bradman

Jun 29, 2013: A 16-year-old schoolboy made the front pages of the national newspapers when he bowled the greatest batsman of all

Martin Williamson
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Martin Crowe: Whatever happens, the Australia-New Zealand World Cup final at the MCG will be the most divine fun

    Why is chasing so difficult at the G?

Cricket Sadist Hour: Jarrod Kimber and John Buchanan discuss swing, what NZ should worry about and do a man-to-man analysis of the finalists

How do you stop Smith?

It is a question that has mystified teams of late, but Andy Zaltzman has the answer

When defeats haunt

Nicholas Hogg: The losing team has much to ponder over the what-could-have-beens in close matches; in a one-sided game, the past is put to rest quickly

Why ball-tracking can't be trusted

Russell Jackson: It's hard for us to shake doubt about why what we're seeing with our eyes differs significantly from the reading of a computer

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Wahab v Watson, the fury and the folly

For 30 minutes, everything else took a backseat, as the world watched in awe and fear, a fired-up Pakistan fast bowler mercilessly bullying an Australian batsman

From 110 to 150 kph, the Wahab Riaz story

As a six-year-old, he watched Wasim Akram at the 1992 World Cup and decided that he would be a left-arm fast bowler. As a man, he put on a show very nearly as memorable as Wasim's 23 years before

Wet weather dulls India's threat perception

The SCG might be India's preferred semi-final venue at this World Cup, but persistent rain in the lead-up has left them worried their spinners may not get the help they are widely expected to

The battle of the bullies

This contest brings together a belligerent bunch of brats and braggers from two countries that are so different, yet share rampant egotism and a high opinion of themselves

Dhoni masters numbers game to crack ODI code

Over the last few months, he has slowly moved from a flashy finisher, to a more measured risk manager

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    This contest brings together a belligerent bunch of brats and braggers from two countries that are so different, yet share rampant egotism and a high opinion of themselves

    India swept away by Australia's depth (164)

    India's Plan A in this World Cup had worked flawlessly over seven matches. When they came up against the toughest opponents in the World Cup, however, they were left scrambling for a back-up plan

    From 110 to 150 kph, the Wahab Riaz story (155)

    As a six-year-old, he watched Wasim Akram at the 1992 World Cup and decided that he would be a left-arm fast bowler. As a man, he put on a show very nearly as memorable as Wasim's 23 years before

    Time slips by South Africa once again (147)

    It was Grant Elliott and New Zealand's time in Auckland. Not South Africa's. But the Proteas will leave this tournament wondering when that will ever change. Maybe next time.

    Wet weather dulls India's threat perception (140)

    The SCG might be India's preferred semi-final venue at this World Cup, but persistent rain in the lead-up has left them worried their spinners may not get the help they are widely expected to