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Victor Trumper

The man who was the Golden Age

Nov 7, 2009: How Victor Trumper came to be the embodiment of cricket's Golden Age, and an emblem for values his countryment still hold dear

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Wasim Akram

The wonder that was Waz

Oct 17, 2009: Despite struggling against injury and illness for much of his career,Akram went on to bring about a seminal change in the way cricket was played

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Warwick Armstrong

A giant of his time

Sep 19, 2009: A colossus, both as a player and a personality, he was a barracker's delight and Australia's MVP

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Ranji

A prince among batsmen

Aug 24, 2009: Over a century ago, the English game was transformed by an Indian who went on to become the most popular cricketer in the Empire

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Richie Benaud

The wise old king

Aug 1, 2009: If we don't remember him as an elite legspinner, a thinking captain or one of cricket's true professionals, it's because of the phenomenal work he has done as a commentator, writer and observer

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Muttiah Muralitharan

Out of our comfort zone

Jul 18, 2009: The most prolific Test bowler of them all has made a case for tackling cricket by one's own lights, and forced a generation of players and cricket watchers to reassess their conceptions of the game

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Javed Miandad

Agent provocateur

Jul 4, 2009: He was the main event both on and off the field - sledging, jesting, fighting, winning, and getting up people's noses most of all

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Jack Hobbs

For love (and money)

Jun 20, 2009: A "professional who batted just like an amateur", he was perceived as businesslike, but was actually a brilliant, spontaneous, original player

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Un-Indian idol

May 30, 2009: Kapil Dev bowled fast at a time when his country didn't produce fast bowlers; his spirit lives on through the style and aggression of modern Indian teams

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George Headley

The great black hope

The Atlas of West Indian cricket was a colossus among modest talents

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Man and superman

Off the field he may have been an awkward hero, on it Garry Sobers was "evolution's ultimate specimen"

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My XI: Martin Crowe on the gritty approach that turned Allan Border into a run-machine

    Together they fall

Jarrod Kimber: England rose to No. 1 with a machine-like efficiency but the signs of an impending breakdown were quickly apparent

    What good is a nightwatchman?

Rob Steen: In modern times, a few tailenders have thrived higher up the order, but the psychological advantage it gives the opposition can't be discounted

    Four in four, and stands by Nos. 10 and 11

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England seem to have forgotten about personality

They have to see a glass that is half-full, and play the game as if it is just that, a game; and an opportunity

Bigger concerns for England than Lord's pitch

While the pitch took most of the blame at Trent Bridge, at Lord's England will need to get more controlling overs from their spinners. The reality is there is no quick fix

Another battle, another defeat on Planet Al

Alastair Cook has got used to feeling of the axe hanging over him. Only his team-mates can save England now

'Even the bluddy Nawab!'

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