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October 1 down the years

Sparkling yet spiky

A brilliant player, a bitter end

October 2 down the years

Australia's Karachi heartbreak

The highest last-wicket partnership ever to win a Test

October 3 down the years

King of swing

The archetypal fast bowler

October 4 down the years

The man who became a cause

The birth of Basil D'Oliveira, who sparked an international incident that resulted in the isolation of South Africa

October 5 down the years

Another India-Australia thriller

Where Laxman was the star, again

October 6 down the years

Simply marvellous

Allrounder, captain, commentator

October 7 down the years

Zak attacks

India's pace spearhead is born

October 8 down the years

The elegance of youth

Australia's youngest century-maker is born

October 9 down the years

Lamb's slaughter

A memorable England victory

October 10 down the years

Houghton's Hyderabad heroics

A one-day classic

October 11 down the years

An insomniac's dream

The slowest day in Test cricket

October 12 down the years

An Indian legend

The irresistible Mr Merchant

October 13 down the years

Cricket rebel

A chillingly hostile bowler is born

October 14 down the years

The man of 2009

A late-blooming Sri Lankan is born

October 15 down the years

The deadly duo

The most lethal old-ball partnership of them all

October 16 down the years

A modern titan

A shoo-in for any team in the world

October 17 down the years

A legspinning giant

No turn, no problem

October 18 down the years

The Chennai marauder

Birth of a bespectacled destroyer

October 19 down the years

An Aussie run-machine

A prodigiously prolific opener is born

October 20 down the years

See ball, hit ball

Birth of a batsman who knows no fear

October 21 down the years

A selfish giant?

England's model of self-restraint

October 22 down the years

Maco the magnificent

Marshall turns it on in Kanpur

October 23 down the years

And then there was Bodyline

The man who championed cricket's most reviled strategy

October 24 down the years

The fabulous Mohammad boys

The second pair of brothers to open for their country in Test cricket

October 25 down the years

Hookes hurtles to a hundred

A first-class century in 34 balls

October 26 down the years

Pakistan announce themselves

By beating India in their second Test

October 27 down the years

The arrival of Sanga

The birth of a Sri Lankan run machine

October 28 down the years

53 all out

The lowest total in a Test in Pakistan

October 29 down the years

England's greatest allrounder

A fine strokemaker, a precise left-armer

October 30 down the years

Happy birthday, Courtney

The first man to take 500 Test wickets

October 31 down the years

Hit the ground running

The man who made a century and a double in his first three Tests

Pakistan's soft coup

Hassan Cheema: That the PCB is implementing some of former coach Waqar Younis' recommendations is good news. But will the optimism last?

    The nervous 9990s, and 11-county Test XIs

Ask Steven: How many debutant bowlers have taken two Test wickets before conceding a run?

Two myths about the IPL

Kartikeya Date: Is Kohli as good at T20 as he is cracked up to be? And did the better bowling side win this year's title?

    England's guardian joins 10K club

Mark Nicholas: The youngest of a bloody-minded dozen, Alastair Cook was marked out for greatness more than a decade ago - and there is still more to come

Why runs per Test is an excellent measure for consistency

Anantha Narayanan: A study of match runs often gives a clearer picture of how well a batsman has done over a period

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