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'I apparently peed in the garden at 10 Downing Street'

Jan 20, 2015: Former England fast bowler Simon Jones on 2005, injury, and naked photo shoots

Interview by Jack Wilson

'It would've been nice to have won an Ashes, having lost four'

Dec 5, 2014: Former England batsman Mark Butcher talks about playing under Hussain and Stewart, and his days with Surrey

Scott Oliver

'I like cricket but my true love is fighting'

Nov 12, 2014: The former England captain on being an excitement junkie, how good he'd have been at T20, and getting drunk with Alec Stewart and Graham Thorpe

Interview by Jack Wilson

'When I became an umpire, I didn't realise how complicated this game was'

Oct 22, 2014: Peter Willey talks about suiting up against '80s West Indies, why it's great to umpire in England, and talking to the press from his bath

Interview by Scott Oliver

'You can't survive 66 Tests on the basis of a quota'

Sep 26, 2014: Ashwell Prince talks about proving critics wrong, scoring hundreds against Australia, and that unending partnership in Colombo

Interview by Scott Oliver

'I spent 95% of my career bowling the same ball'

Sep 18, 2014: Former England seamer Angus Fraser talks about his workmanlike bowling, playing second fiddle, his stop-start career, and England in the '90s

Interview by Scott Oliver

'As you get older, you come to appreciate the tough times'

Jul 25, 2014: Jimmy Adams talks about the West Indian love for fast bowling, batting with Lara, and living a dream for nine years

Interview by Scott Oliver

'When you are offered the captaincy of Australia you don't decline it'

Jul 11, 2014: Seventy-nine-year-old Ian Craig talks about being the youngest Australian to play Tests, the "next Bradman" tag, and how Jeff Thomson caused him to retire young

Interview by Ken Piesse

'People might not remember me if not for the underarm'

Jun 9, 2014: The youngest of the Chappell brothers talks about growing up in a cricketing household, how baseball and football helped his fielding, and coaching youngsters

Interview by Vishal Dikshit

'I had absolute belief that I'd play for Australia'

May 15, 2014: Jason Gillespie talks about the awe he felt in his early days in the Australian dressing room, his double-hundred, and breaking his leg in Kandy

Interview by Scott Oliver

Dickie Bird

'Umpiring is done by machines these days'

Apr 30, 2014: Back in Dickie Bird's day the officials got respect and gave it. One of cricket's iconic umpires looks back

Interview by Jack Wilson

'I left the ground, had a toenail removed, and came back to celebrate'

Apr 9, 2014: Heath Streak talks about starring in Zimbabwe's first Test win, his mixed feelings about captaincy, and heartbreak in Port-of-Spain

Interview by Scott Oliver

Dean Headley

'It burnt to be told I didn't have the heart to play as a bowler'

Mar 18, 2014: Former fast bowler Dean Headley recalls good and bad days with England, his heritage, and the time he bounced Allan Donald and lived to tell the tale

Interview by Scott Oliver

Bob Taylor

'I didn't ever break a finger, but now they're a bit crooked'

Feb 26, 2014: Bob Taylor, who spent many years as an understudy to Alan Knott, talks about finally getting his chance, stumping Miandad, and keeping at Lord's aged 45

Interview by Scott Oliver

Eddie Hemmings

'I never ever worried about getting hit for six'

Jan 29, 2014: Former England spinner Eddie Hemmings recalls how he began to bowl offies, Kapil's sixes at Lord's, bowling on green wickets, and rooming with another snorer

Interview by Scott Oliver

Gavin Larsen

'You know you're cracking up when people applaud you in an airport'

Jan 17, 2014: Gavin Larsen, part of the team organising the 2015 World Cup in New Zealand, reflects on medium-pacers, Crowe's tactics, and that 1992 semi-final

Interview by Andrew McGlashan

Chris Old

'Sometimes I became my own worst enemy'

Dec 13, 2013: Former England fast bowler Chris Old talks about Brearley's captaincy, run-ins with Boycott, and the miracle of Headingley '81

Interview by Scott Oliver

Peter Lever

'If I could do it all again, I'd gamble more'

Nov 15, 2013: Peter Lever talks about facing Thommo, nearly killing Chatfield, and the time he refused to bowl upwind

Interview by Scott Oliver

Haroon Rasheed

'I can take credit for the discovery of Afridi'

Nov 1, 2013: Former Pakistan batsman Haroon Rasheed talks about taking on the might of Australia and West Indies, discovering a teenage sensation, and surviving an attack by a gunman

Interview by Ijaz Chaudhry

Syed Kirmani

'I excelled without knowing what wicketkeeping was all about'

Sep 30, 2013: Syed Kirmani on being a self-taught wicketkeeper, 1983, and his peers

Interview by Vishal Dikshit
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Michael Bevan: Focus on targets smaller than winning the match, and back your tailenders to deliver for you

The many crickets of an Indian boyhood

Sankaran Krishna: Growing up in India, you play a number of varieties of the game, each developing a certain skill

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Kohli at No. 4 - defensive or practical?

It seems Virat Kohli is to not bat before the 12th or 13th over to strengthen the middle and the lower middle order. It suggests a lack of confidence in what was supposed to be India's strength in their title defence: their batting

Open with Rohit and Binny, with Kohli at No. 3

India's batting is going the way of their bowling in Australia, and they need get their order sorted before the World Cup

Off-stump blues leave Dhawan flailing

The out-of-form Shikhar Dhawan still has the backing of his captain, but there's no denying his slump has arrived at an inconvenient time for India and his technical issues have to be sorted out before they attempt to defend the World Cup

On TV it looks uglier than it actually is

Often reasonable arguments on the field look nasty beyond the boundary and on camera

'Teams can't have set formula' - Dravid

In the first episode of Contenders, a special ten-part buildup to the 2015 World Cup, Rahul Dravid and Graeme Smith discuss the impact of local conditions on team compositions and the issues surrounding the format of the tournament

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