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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

    'The guy you want to go to war with'

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

Ask Steven: Also, most balls faced in a T20, highest limited-overs score at Lord's, and long lives after Test debut

A strange, brutal magic

Jon Hotten: As Ishant Sharma showed at Lord's, short-pitched bowling can open old wounds and create sudden uncertainty

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Ridiculed Ishant ridicules England

Ishant Sharma has often been the butt of jokes, and sometimes deservedly so. Today, however, the joke was on England

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!'

Pataudi Jr caught a young English fan's fancy for his princely ways and his heroic batting

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