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December 1 down the years

A World cup-winning heavyweight

Arjuna Ranatunga is born

December 2 down the years

Bodyline's quiet beginning

An uncontroversial start to the most controversial Test series in cricket history

December 3 down the years

Wicketkeeper's day out

Starring Messrs Boucher and Ames

December 4 down the years

Nearly three triples

Sehwag makes 293 against Sri Lanka

December 5 down the years

Hat-trick hero

Big Merv lets West Indies have it

December 6 down the years

England's flawed hero

The birth of big Fred

December 7 down the years

Quite a spectacle

Henry makes an entrance

December 8 down the years

The second 200

Sehwag becomes the second man to go past 200 in ODIs

December 9 down the years

Australia humbled

All out for 58 at the Gabba

December 10 down the years

Test cricket's slowest half-century

The Barnacle's 11-hour vigil

December 11 down the years

Dancing in the dark

England secure a famous win in Karachi

December 12 down the years

A prince arrives

The birth of Yuvraj Singh

December 13 down the years

Fredericks flays the Aussies

An astonishing display

December 14 down the years

The greatest Test of all

A thriller at the Gabba

December 15 down the years

Caribbean cool

Birth of Carl Hooper

December 16 down the years

The birth of the Master

The man who made the most first-class runs and hundreds ever

December 17 down the years

History in Nagpur

Cook leads England to a remarkable series win

December 18 down the years

Ponsford's purple patch

The man who scored two quadruple-centuries in first-class cricket

December 19 down the years

Punter comes knocking

One of the most aesthetically appealing batsmen in world cricket is born

December 20 down the years

Tiger, tiger, bowling spin

An Australian spinner with the aggression of a quick bowler

December 21 down the years

A limpet at the crease

The original Little Master is born

December 22 down the years

A draw for the ages

India and South Africa play out a humdinger at the Wanderers

December 23 down the years

The great accumulator

Geoff Boycott breaks Garry Sobers' record, scores a century and doesn't finish the tour

December 24 down the years

A gentle giant

The first player to appear in 100 Tests

December 25 down the years

A Christmas gnome

The birth of the first bowler to take 200 Test wickets

December 26 down the years

A flashing blade

Birth of a Guyanese swashbuckler

December 27 down the years

A hop, skip and a jump

The first umpire to officiate in six World Cups

December 28 down the years

Sunny's delight

Gavaskar goes past Bradman

December 29 down the years

The rarest of rare feats

An Ashes victory like no other

December 30 down the years

A Boy's Own ending

Geoff Miller pouches what Chris Tavaré spills

December 31 down the years

Peter definitely could

A classy batsman and ruthless captain is born

Were Indian batsmen of earlier eras better against spin?

Kartikeya Date: Quality spinners have always thrived in India, so it may not be fair to suggest that the current generation of Indian batsmen is inferior

    T20: it's a gas, gas, gas

Mark Nicholas: The Cardiff match showed the format is valid and valuable. Only, we need to be careful we don't overdo it

Would it have been different with Khaya Majola around?

Luke Alfred: Cricket in South Africa is perilously close to being irrelevant for the country's largest demographic group

    Short Ashes, and young accumulators

Ask Steven: Also: highest Sri Lankan averages, most ODI hundreds against South Africa, and best bowling strike rates

The travails of a middle-aged cricketer

Jonathan Wilson: When the bad days outnumber the good, and the aches and pains hasten your decline, you wonder if each game might be your last

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Ojha's time to 'relax' before Test debut

After spending 15 years in the domestic circuit, Naman Ojha is expected to make his Test debut in the third match, for which, he says, he is not facing additional pressure because of the long wait

Pujara's chance to beat his blues

After a ten-month free-fall, Cheteshwar Pujara will turn out for India once again at the traditional batting paradise that is the SSC. Can he make it count?

Why is Pujara given short shrift?

He averages better than Rohit Sharma but still has to fight for a place in the Test side, mostly because he doesn't play ODIs

Another bowling display of two halves

For the fifth time in the last year and a half, India had their opponents five down for less than 100 only to let the lower order off the hook

Resolute Pujara shines in stop-gap role

Cheteshwar Pujara's century was proof that at times in Test match play, survival need not mean mere tentativeness but the ability to wait for simpler things, like the loose ball

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