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Wes Hall

From fire to friendship

Feb 10, 2009: On facing one of the all-time great West Indian fast men and living to tell the tale

Tony Cozier

Ray Lindwall

My own private legend

Jan 14, 2009: The greatest of fast bowlers, the nicest of men

David Frith

Kris Srikkanth

Insouciant and insane

Nov 25, 2008: The ball may have gone for six, it may have gone to hand - King Kris cared not a bit

Ruchir Joshi

Graeme Hick

The shy and retiring run machine

Nov 11, 2008: Sure he may not have done full justice to his talent, but it is time now to celebrate his achievement, not missed opportunity

Simon Hattenstone

John Snow

The vicar's son, the rebel and the poet

Oct 7, 2008: His style and charisma were natural and irresistible to a ten-year-old back in the 1960s

Alan Lee

Darren Gough

My dazzling mate

Sep 11, 2008: His heart-on-sleeve heroics and full-on friendship made this Yorkshire trier easy to love

Stephen Tompkinson

Mike Procter

The inimitable

Jul 16, 2008: If you were a schoolboy in Gloucestershire in the 1970s, there was no question who you wanted to be

John Inverdale

John Murray

Model keeper

Jun 17, 2008: The long and short of Middlesex's John Murray was elegance in all he did with gloves or bat - and he could have done more for England

Christian Wolmar

John Reid

Hit machine

May 30, 2008: A dashing, attacking batsman, he kept New Zealand cricket shining through its dark days

John Mehaffey

Mohammad Azharuddin

The inscrutable craftsman

May 18, 2008: Artless yet artful, no cricketer so teased and confused the senses

Rohit Brijnath

John Wright

After him, the deluge

May 4, 2008: He was often New Zealand's bulwark against disaster. He still could be

Don Cameron

Graeme Wood

The manic mercenary

Apr 20, 2008: Reckless but not selfless, "Woody" brought a fevered edge to the game

Christian Ryan

Joel Garner

Big bounce, big laughs, Big Bird

Mar 16, 2008: A killer with the ball in hand, geniality itself off the pitch

Derek Pringle

Adam Gilchrist

Robust, ruthless, riveting

Feb 15, 2008: Few bat with his sense of abandon and certainty, or his way of reducing cricket to its essentials

Ayaz Memon

Mohinder Amarnath

The year of living dangerously

Jan 16, 2008: They bounced him, he hooked them. In the background, a radio played. It was the summer of 1983

Ashok Malik

Jeff Thomson

Jeff the ripper

Aug 3, 2007: Observing Thommo at close quarters did not dim affection for the bowler with the ballet dancer's feet and a larrikin streak

John Benaud

Graham Gooch

King of the Colchester castle

Jun 2, 2007: Patrick Kidd was born to worship Gooch - in the same hospital as the batsman, who was making a ton at the time and was still making them 20 years later

Patrick Kidd

Basil D'Oliveira

Hello Dolly

Dec 1, 2006: How a stepped-on sandwich sparked a permanent adoration for D'Oliveira

Steven Lynch

Gundappa Viswanath

The brave little prince

Oct 1, 2006: With a swivel of the wrists, Gundappa Viswanath reduced giants to clods

Soumya Bhattacharya

All the time in the world

Mar 6, 2006: The Pollocks happened to be excellent cricketers. One of them was rather more than that

Simon Kuper
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