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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

'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

News | Features Last 7 days

    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 (49)

    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