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Test match

Apr 6, 2009: How would two modern masters fare against the fastest bowlers of the 70s?

Sambit Bal

Mixed Ashes

Mar 23, 2009: In which The Don and Ranji take on Barnes and Lillee

Steven Lynch

Chin music for the maestros

Feb 23, 2009: Mean South African bowlers v rampaging Caribbean batsmen? Bring it on

Robert Houwing

Aesthetics above all

Feb 2, 2009: Four players who thrilled the senses like few could

Rob Steen

A prince, a Pom, two Aussies

Jan 6, 2009: Oh to see old faithfuls in living colour

David Frith

Against the turn

Dec 5, 2008: Great batsmen facing fine spinners: now that's what I call a contest

Tony Becca

The hook's the draw

Nov 14, 2008: McCabe and Harvey against Ambrose and O'Reilly

Peter English

Trial by water, trial by fire

Oct 14, 2008: Two English legends against two of the greatest bowlers ever

John Stern

Please please me

Sep 19, 2008: Four players you could watch bat for duck or bowl 90 overs for no wickets

BC Pires

Fire v fire

Aug 12, 2008: Two of the greatest attacking batsmen ever, up against a man who loved to see blood on the pitch and a spinner who thought like a fast bowler

Rajan Bala

Tough customers

Jul 15, 2008: The joys of sitting back and watching the sparks fly as a bunch of hard cases take each other on

Lawrence Booth

Stranglers and swordsmen

Apr 26, 2008: The King and Pollock, up against Murali and Pidge

Dileep Premachandran

Three dazzlers and one dour old pro

Apr 1, 2008: Headley and Sathasivam take on Barnes and Marshall

Mike Marqusee

Assault and poetry

Feb 28, 2008: Laxman's rubber wrists v the Big Bird's bounce, and two masters of war

Soumya Bhattacharya

Little masterclass

Jan 1, 2007: Top-handed Gavaskar and bottom-handed Tendulkar against the steepling bounce of Thomson, and Murali's doosra

Harsha Bhogle

Two tribes go to war

Jan 1, 2007: Langer and Hayden would fight like hell, but facing Holding and Marshall must have been worse than hell itself

Kamran Abbasi

Aussie all-stars

Aug 1, 2006: Would Victor dare to take Lillee from off stump over square leg? Would Archie have the temerity to advance to Warne as he revelled in doing to the slow bowlers of his day?

Mike Coward
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The art of the inevitable

The Cricket Monthly: There is a tide in the affairs of games when an improbability becomes a certainty. Simon Barnes
TCM June issue

The anomaly that is Yasir Shah

Hassan Cheema: His success does not reflect the bigger picture of legspin in Pakistan, but the team will be hoping he remains the exception for a long time

    New Mishra swaps pressure for enjoyment

The Indian legspinner now understands his craft better and isn't bogged down by rejection. By Sidharth Monga

    'If you give up hope you should give up playing'

Australia's Clint McKay on cricket and surfing ambitions, Faulkner's fashion sense, and Quiney's lack thereof

Ken Grieves, lost hero

An Australian cricketer and footballer who played the Ashes - against the country of his birth. By Russell Jackson

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A squad without pace, keepers, or future planning

Five questions for the selectors who picked the second-string squad for the tour of Zimbabwe

Highest totals without a century, and dream ODI debuts

Also: the most team changes made by a country in successive one-day internationals, and highest individual Test scores in the second innings

Most fourth-innings tons, best average in Pak history

Statistics and records to celebrate Younis Khan's incredible journey as a Test cricketer. His next Test will be the 100th of his career

Johnson back to intimidate with word and deed

At the age of 33, Johnson does not expect to be back for another Ashes campaign and, since being forced to miss last year's World Twenty20 with a toe injury, he has played every game as if it is his last

Will finisher Raina find lasting success?

Notwithstanding Suresh Raina's utility in ODIs, he has never quite been a full-fledged match-winner. MS Dhoni will hope Raina can change that in his new role at No 6

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