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Lyon's green thumbs become green sprigs

Jun 3, 2011: Nathan Lyon's emergence from the Adelaide Oval groundstaff to join the ranks of young Australian spin bowlers is a tale drawn from another age

Daniel Brettig

'I realised I was on the wrong track'

May 27, 2011: Virat Kohli has learnt a lot about himself and his batting over the last year. Bigger challenges than the World Cup lie ahead, but there's little doubt he's ready for them all

Sharda Ugra

Albert van der Merwe

From Belville via Belfast

Mar 15, 2011: As a boy Albert van der Merwe watched South Africa return to international cricket, and dreamed of playing at Eden Gardens. Now he's living that dream - only not for the country he was born in

Firdose Moonda

Big fish in a small pond

Feb 25, 2011: Ryan ten Doeschate is Netherlands' star player by a distance. He may not be back at the World Cup again, but his best may be yet to come

Nagraj Gollapudi

Baboo's story

Jan 18, 2011: Ian Chappell thought Baboo Ebrahim better than any white spinner in South Africa. Given the opportunity, he could have played for the country, but his era was not a time for opportunity

Sidharth Monga

Tsotsobe steps up

Jan 15, 2011: Never mind the Ntini comparisons, Lonwabo Tsotsobe has not done badly for a bowler no one expected great things of

Firdose Moonda

N Srinivasan

The inscrutable ruler of an impenetrable empire

Oct 1, 2010: The president-elect of the BCCI is a man who has made his way to the top of the most powerful cricket board systematically. And silently

Sharda Ugra

Lennox Cush

When Cush comes to shove

Sep 12, 2010: The only USA player in the Champions League, is a vital cog in the Guyana side, with his versatility, experience and never-say-die spirit

Peter Della Penna

Alan Isaac

Zac the accountant

Aug 10, 2010: The ICC's new vice-president is a man who is careful to think before he speaks and won't shy away from being described as a pragmatist

David Leggat

Hashim Amla and the path less trodden

Jun 24, 2010: South Africa's Player of the Year is his own man, and he has spent the past year proving how strong he is

Telford Vice

Mitchell Marsh

The other son of Swampy

Jun 4, 2010: Cricket Australia loves allrounders, and if everything goes according to plan, they could have one in the Kallis class in a few years

Brydon Coverdale

Rusty Theron

The great new redhead hope

May 1, 2010: Not Polly, Rusty is South Africa's new un-hittable death-overs specialist - and lots more besides. Watch out for him at the World Twenty20

Firdose Moonda

The man from Narrandera

Apr 30, 2010: One of Australia's most impressive young allrounders is a 26-year-old natural with a big appetite for the hard yards. He also happens to be a flag-bearer for the Aboriginal community

Peter English

Makhaya Ntini's magnificent journey

Dec 14, 2009: From a 13-year-old in tattered shoes to a champion on the brink of his 100th Test - Makhaya Ntini has become a South African icon like no other

Andrew McGlashan

Taking the lead

Dec 7, 2009: Not long ago Andrew Strauss thought he would never play for England again, let alone captain them. Now, in a post-Ashes glow, he has the command of players and public alike

Sam Pilger

Siddle takes it slow

Nov 2, 2009: When he first came on the scene he was called the new Merv Hughes. Now Australia's meanest new quick is looking to add patience and consistency to his mix

Nagraj Gollapudi

The clown who came back

Oct 27, 2009: Spinner, jester, all-round "Marmite personality", Graeme Swann talks about how his wings were unclipped and he returned from the county wilderness

John Stern

'I want to be Pakistan's go-to guy'

Oct 8, 2009: At 15 he was a prodigy turned cricket casualty. Two years on, he's Pakistan cricket's next big thing

Faras Ghani

The keeper who could be KP

Sep 20, 2009: Somerset's wicketkeeper is a South African import who Marcus Trescothick thinks is the real deal

Jeremy James

Butler bounces back

Sep 10, 2009: He's gone from young fast bowler to injury casualty to allrounder. Now Ian Butler's back to the big time, and he's still got time on his side

Jamie Alter
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Third Ground

Mudar Patherya remembers the diverse characters he met while playing at the Kolkata Maidan
The Cricket Monthly August issue

    'At times I probably went too hard for change'

Pat Howard, Australia's performance manager, on the challenges of shaking things up over five years of mixed results

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Jon Hotten: At Lord's we saw three in-between scores of the sort that are as likely to annoy the selectors as excite them

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Herath's masterclass, Mendis' surge, de Silva's promise

Sri Lanka's marks out of ten after they bounced back from a winless tour of England to trample Australia 3-0 at home

Similar failings mar Tests at historical venues

The lack of play in Port-of-Spain and Durban over the last four days points to a disregard for common-sense scheduling and a failure to equip grounds to deal with bad weather

Pakistan's biggest win and Wasim betters Wasim

Stats highlights from Pakistan's crushing win over Ireland in the first one-day international

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