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When Bedser bowled the Don for a duck

Sep 1, 2014: After receiving a pasting at the hands of the Australians during the first post-war Ashes tour, Bedser decided he had to think up a new delivery: the legcutter

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Of Scarlet, Fitteran, Cho, and others

Mar 21, 2014: Cricket nicknames have been a part of Australian cricket for centuries, and they don't look like they are going away anytime soon

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The best Test ground in Australasia

Mar 3, 2014: The honour belongs to the iconic and charming Basin Reserve in Wellington

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England's best since Laker

Dec 23, 2013: When in full flight Graeme Swann was a brilliant offspinner - third on the all-time list after Prasanna and Laker

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Madiba and the godfather

Dec 16, 2013: With the help of Nelson Mandela, Ali Bacher took cricket into the black townships of South Africa in the 1980s

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The other side of Ian Chappell

Sep 26, 2013: The former Australia captain, known for his tough and aggressive approach, turns 70 today

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A modern-day Benaud?

Sep 3, 2013: Steven Smith has the talent to become a Test-standard bowling allrounder, the best of his type since Richie Benaud

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The Oval: my spiritual home

Aug 21, 2013: Ashley Mallett looks back at his three Tests at the final venue for this year's Ashes

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The ghosts of 1956

Jul 30, 2013: Australia have been tentative against Swann's offspin. At Old Trafford, where history's greatest spin performance was delivered, they must watch out for him

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The Tiger and the Fox

May 8, 2013: Bill O'Reilly and Clarrie Grimmett were the greatest spin-bowling partnership of their age, and arguably the best in Test history

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A dark horse in the fast lane

Mar 31, 2013: The Ashes will be decided by the better pace-bowling attack, and Australia have plenty in that department, including the young sensation Chadd Sayers

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Maxwell could be Australia's X-factor

Feb 14, 2013: His all-round talents, especially bowling spin and batting against it, will be desperately needed in India

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Rotate against spin

Jan 18, 2013: In India, Australia's batsmen must counter slow bowling by trying to get to the non-striker's end every other ball

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Spin 'em hard, Herath

Dec 13, 2012: On Australian wickets, Sri Lanka's spinners will need to vary their pace and put their backs and fingers into it

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Another like Victor and the Don

Nov 22, 2012: Watching Michael Clarke's innings in Adelaide was like rewinding the clock to two other remarkable innings at the venue

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What's the matter with South Australia?

Oct 20, 2012: Though they've done well in limited-overs competition, they've floundered in first-class cricket for a number of seasons

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Five to do it all

Jul 10, 2012: Allrounders who could bat, bowl and sometimes field their sides to victory

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Quick picks

Jun 10, 2012: Five all-time great fast bowlers who had pace as well as every trick in the book

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Five-for

May 10, 2012: Modern spinners who could take any batsman on in any conditions and win

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The best batsmen I've seen

May 1, 2012: In the post-Bradman era, these players delighted spectators and deflated the opposition with their ability to dominate the most fearsome attacks

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'Ponting was an instinctive, aggressive player'

Modern Masters: Rahul Dravid and Sanjay Manjrekar discuss Ricky Ponting's technique

    MacLeod spells hope for Scotland

Allrounder Calum MacLeod's return from a faulty action is key to Scotland's World Cup hopes. By Tim Wigmore

The Australian who dares to attack spin

From lead spinner and No. 8, Steven Smith has become a central figure in the batting line-up. By Brydon Coverdale

    'Gibbs used to toss the ball like a basketball'

My XI: Erapalli Prasanna on the West Indian offspinner who had a killer instinct

Cricket's humanity resists specialisation

Jon Hotten: While major sports across the world are driving their competitors towards homogenous physical ideals, cricket seems to celebrate diversity

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Manic one-day chases, and daddy partnerships

Also, most brothers in a Test XI, and the fastest to 20 ODI centuries

Has international cricket begun to break up?

The gap between the haves and the have-nots is growing wider, and the disenchantment is forcing a devaluation of Test cricket among weaker teams

Well worth the wait

Zulfiqar Babar missed five seasons between his first two first-class matches, and was 34 when he finally made his Test debut, but he is quickly making up for all the lost time with his artful left-arm spin

Younis Khan and the art of scoring hundreds

Out of 70 batsmen who've scored 15 or more Test hundreds only five are from Pakistan, but Younis Khan's appetite for hundreds matches that of some of the top contemporary batsmen

Australia outdone in every way

Surviving into the final session of the last day cannot disguise the fact that Australia's continued inability to play spin contributed to an all-round thrashing

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    Has international cricket begun to break up? (83)

    The gap between the haves and the have-nots is growing wider, and the disenchantment is forcing a devaluation of Test cricket among weaker teams

    Australia outdone in every way (51)

    Surviving into the final session of the last day cannot disguise the fact that Australia's continued inability to play spin contributed to an all-round thrashing

    Lyon low after high of 2013 (50)

    The offspinner was Australia's highest wicket-taker in 2013, but his form has dipped sharply this year

    Well worth the wait (36)

    Zulfiqar Babar missed five seasons between his first two first-class matches, and was 34 when he finally made his Test debut, but he is quickly making up for all the lost time with his artful left-arm spin

    No Ajmal, no problem for Pakistan (33)

    When a team loses its best bowler, it is expected that the team's performance will suffer. As usual, Pakistan defied the expectations