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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

    Clarke's fairy tale

Mark Nicholas: The last few days have been about being loved at last for Australia's World Cup-winning captain

    Come fly with me

Diaries: Sharda Ugra finds Hamilton's laid-back charm hard to resist, and summons up the courage to leap off the tallest building in the hemisphere

    What did we learn from this World Cup?

That there is a place for proper batsmanship in ODIs, that New Zealand punch above their weight, and that taking wickets wins you matches. By Ed Smith

    New Zealand's greatest almost

Jarrod Kimber: Led by their fearless captain, New Zealand threw themselves at this World Cup and came as close as they ever have done to greatness

When defeats haunt

Nicholas Hogg: In close matches you ponder over the what-could-have-beens; in a one-sided game, the past is put to rest quickly

News | Features Last 7 days

Wet weather dulls India's threat perception

The SCG might be India's preferred semi-final venue at this World Cup, but persistent rain in the lead-up has left them worried their spinners may not get the help they are widely expected to

From 110 to 150 kph, the Wahab Riaz story

As a six-year-old, he watched Wasim Akram at the 1992 World Cup and decided that he would be a left-arm fast bowler. As a man, he put on a show very nearly as memorable as Wasim's 23 years before

The battle of the bullies

This contest brings together a belligerent bunch of brats and braggers from two countries that are so different, yet share rampant egotism and a high opinion of themselves

Dhoni masters numbers game to crack ODI code

Over the last few months, he has slowly moved from a flashy finisher, to a more measured risk manager

Time slips by South Africa once again

It was Grant Elliott and New Zealand's time in Auckland. Not South Africa's. But the Proteas will leave this tournament wondering when that will ever change. Maybe next time.

News | Features Last 7 days

    The battle of the bullies (236)

    This contest brings together a belligerent bunch of brats and braggers from two countries that are so different, yet share rampant egotism and a high opinion of themselves

    India swept away by Australia's depth (183)

    India's Plan A in this World Cup had worked flawlessly over seven matches. When they came up against the toughest opponents in the World Cup, however, they were left scrambling for a back-up plan

    Time slips by South Africa once again (147)

    It was Grant Elliott and New Zealand's time in Auckland. Not South Africa's. But the Proteas will leave this tournament wondering when that will ever change. Maybe next time.

    Wet weather dulls India's threat perception (140)

    The SCG might be India's preferred semi-final venue at this World Cup, but persistent rain in the lead-up has left them worried their spinners may not get the help they are widely expected to

    The greatest time of our lives (138)

    Whatever happens, the Australia-New Zealand World Cup final at the MCG will be the most divine fun