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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

    The birth of the World Cup

Rewind: The low-key launch of the tournament in 1975

    Different skills for different formats

Michael Bevan: ODI cricket brought better fielding and quicker scoring to the fore. T20 has taken that progression to the extreme

    Musings on Tendulkar's farewell

Review: A new book uses the context around the retirement of India's biggest cricketer as grounds for further exploration

    Lift yourself, ODI cricket

Mark Nicholas: The format's future depends on how exciting the players make the main event

The last of Sanga

Janaka Malwatta: Kumar Sangakkara has maintained excellent standards over a glittering career; a World Cup trophy would be a fitting send-off

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The out-of-form Shikhar Dhawan still has the backing of his captain, but there's no denying his slump has arrived at an inconvenient time for India and his technical issues have to be sorted out before they attempt to defend the World Cup

Open with Rohit and Binny, with Kohli at No. 3

India's batting is going the way of their bowling in Australia, and they need get their order sorted before the World Cup

Ten things that are different at this World Cup

And one that will be the same. A look at what has changed since 2011

My heart says New Zealand, head South Africa

How the top eight teams stack up ahead of the World Cup, plus predictions for the knockouts

Pietersen stars in his own muppet show

Kevin Pietersen's rubbishing of many aspiring English county professionals brings to mind the belief of Miss Piggy that "there is no one in the world to compare with moi"

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