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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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    NZ's Rottweiler bite

Simon Barnes: Their hyper-aggressive ways have got them success in the World Cup so far. But is the method as sustainable as it is eye-catching?

    Soumya Sarkar's shot in the dark

Christian Ryan: The long-lasting memory of a young batsman we have never seen before is of that one brilliant shot announcing his arrival

The vices and virtues of Misbah

Ahmer Naqvi: The debate about whether Misbah-ul-Haq is holding Pakistan back or holding them together is obscuring the team's real problems

    'The best game of bad cricket'

Two Men Out: Jarrod Kimber and Andy Zaltzman on the madness at Eden Park, and the ICC celebrating UAE's pasting

Napier shows us World Cup joy

Will Macpherson: Outside the tournament venues, New Zealand is welcoming fans to enjoy its beauty and its cricket, nowhere more heart-warmingly than at Clifton Cricket Club

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Letter to de Villiers

South Africa's captain needs to single out his players for attention and get them firing individually and as a team

Highest WC score, fastest double-ton, record sixes

Stats highlights from Chris Gayle's record-breaking 215 against Zimbabwe in the Group B match in Canberra

The 'magic wand' behind India's turnaround

It has helped that India have a captain who has lasted as long as he has due to his approach of treating cricket for what it is: a game

Sharper fielders give India bite

Years after the juggling act of hiding multiple poor fielders and making do with the kind of attacks India have had, this current unit has given MS Dhoni some breathing space

India get their groove back

The long winless Australian summer might just have given those watching the wrong impression

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