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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

The eternal idol

Jun 12, 2005: For a seven-year-old Glamorgan fan who couldn't place Pakistan on a map, Majid Khan was an exotic, romantic hero, and a cricketer of substance and style

Huw Richards

Victor Trumper

Blithe spirit

Jun 1, 2005: All dash and flash, Victor Trumper exemplified the freedoms of a more romantic age

Mark Ray

Shane Warne

Golden rotter

Apr 1, 2005: Plays like a peach, falls like a prat. You've just got to love Shane Warne

Tanya Aldred

Harold Larwood

A man undefeated

Mar 29, 2005: A working man without ego or vanity, Harold Larwood, having beaten the Australians, went and joined them

Peter Roebuck

Brian Lara

A god, a mortal

Dec 26, 2003: He bats like a divine, and sins like the rest of us. You've just got to love Brian Lara

BC Pires

The saint

Nov 1, 2003: His purity of technique and image make him an icon with more than a touch of the divine

Greg Baum
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India look for their Indian summer

Billboards are calling the series England's Indian Summer, but it is India who are looking for that period of warmth, redemption after the last whitewash, for they have seen how bleak the winter that can follow is

South Africa face the Kallis question

Accommodation for a great player like Jacques Kallis should be made with careful consideration and South Africa cannot get carried away with sentiment

India's bowling leader conundrum

The present Indian bowling line-up will tackle its first five-Test series without the proven guidance of Zaheer Khan, their bowling captain. India had unravelled without him in 2011. Will they do better this time around?

Five key head-to-heads

From two embattled captains to the challenge for India's openers against the new ball, ESPNcricinfo picks five contests that could determine the series

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    Billboards are calling the series England's Indian Summer, but it is India who are looking for that period of warmth, redemption after the last whitewash, for they have seen how bleak the winter that can follow is

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    Accommodation for a great player like Jacques Kallis should be made with careful consideration and South Africa cannot get carried away with sentiment

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    The present Indian bowling line-up will tackle its first five-Test series without the proven guidance of Zaheer Khan, their bowling captain. India had unravelled without him in 2011. Will they do better this time around?

    Why isn't Ashwin playing? (43)

    It's close to inexplicable how India's best spinner is being left out in favour of bits-and-pieces players

    Five key head-to-heads (33)

    From two embattled captains to the challenge for India's openers against the new ball, ESPNcricinfo picks five contests that could determine the series