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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

    'I would like to see England attack a bit more'

Mike Brearley looks ahead to the Ashes: Cook's captaincy, dealing with difficult players, and more

The greatest Ashes Test

The Cricket Monthly: Tony Lewis, Malcolm Knox, David Frith, Rob Smyth and Alex Massie make their picks
TCM June issue

    Centuries all down the middle, and the first Test cricketer to be born

Ask Steven also has: the most years between matches for Sri Lanka, and the overseas captain who led in the most Tests in England

'When he's in, he's hard to get out'

Ricky Ponting picks an all-star Ashes team from among his contemporaries. At No. 2: Alastair Cook

Will the new England last the Ashes?

Nicholas Hogg: They have been playing attacking, unfettered limited-overs cricket, but an Ashes series is a different battle altogether

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Highest totals without a century, and dream ODI debuts

Also: the most team changes made by a country in successive one-day internationals, and highest individual Test scores in the second innings

No. 1: Matthew Hayden

Opening the batting on the former Australia captain's all-star Ashes XI picked from among his contemporaries: a burly attacker from Queensland

Dhoni and Kohli: a clash of ideologies?

The personalities and philosophies of India's two captains could not be more different. That makes for a tricky situation, which India's cricket administration must handle well

A squad without pace, keepers, or future planning

Five questions for the selectors who picked the second-string squad for the tour of Zimbabwe

Johnson back to intimidate with word and deed

At the age of 33, Johnson does not expect to be back for another Ashes campaign and, since being forced to miss last year's World Twenty20 with a toe injury, he has played every game as if it is his last

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