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April 1 down the years

Languid, laconic, brilliant

Birth of a woolly-haired English wonder

April 2 down the years

India win their second World Cup

MS Dhoni leads team from the front to put paid to Sri Lanka's hopes

April 3 down the years

Lashing Langer

Justin Langer wallops a run-a-ball 122 not out

April 4 down the years

Mind your head

An English beanpole is born

April 5 down the years

Where it all began

The Waughs make their first joint appearance

April 6 down the years

Lord of Lord's

An Indian great is born, and Imran's Pakistan conquer Guyana

April 7 down the years

Immovable

Birth of an English stalwart

April 8 down the years

Enter the Gaffer

England's most capped player makes his entrance

April 9 down the years

Knott's landing

A dangerous English wicketkeeper-batsman makes his first move

April 10 down the years

Curtly's original demolition job

Ambrose does for England

April 11 down the years

The end of the innocence

Hansie's fall from grace

April 12 down the years

A quadruple century

Lara goes large... again

April 13 down the years

The star who turned traitor

Mohammad Amir flatters to betray

April 14 down the years

Pommie bashers

Welcome, Craig, Bob, Syd

April 15 down the years

Master blasting

Carnage in Antigua

April 16 down the years

Forever tainted

The first player to be banned for life for match-fixing

April 17 down the years

Murali unleashed

The birth of a wizard

April 18 down the years

Lara scales a mountain

When Sobers' 365 was breached

April 19 down the years

Bolshy but brilliant

An all-time great is born

April 20 down the years

Fantastic Mr Fox

The birth of "Foxy" Fowler, and a monstrous partnership

April 21 down the years

'Is that you, John Wayne?'

Amby and Tugga go head to head

April 22 down the years

When Winston won it for Windies

A Barbados thriller gets underway

April 23 down the years

Greenidge's final frenzy

Australia are put in their place in Barbados

April 24 down the years

Tendulkar is born

A legend arrives

April 25 down the years

A Boy's Own tale

A jack of all trades makes his first appearance

April 26 down the years

A debut double

Rudolph makes 222

April 27 down the years

Blink and you'll miss it

Shoaib hits a hundred

April 28 down the years

The triple-decker

World Cup time. So it must be Australia winning

April 29 down the years

Cat of many tales

The most talented English slow bowler of his generation is born

April 30 down the years

Born to keep

Heals makes a start

    Top dog of the underdogs

My Favourite Cricketer: Jack Russell brought a neatness to the keeper's art that was matched by his meticulous scruffiness in other regards. By Scott Oliver

    Rewarding times for Hashim Amla

Numbers Game: The rate at which he has accumulated ODI hundreds and MoM awards is among the fastest in history

'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

How boring is boring cricket?

Probably not as much as boring periods in the likes of rugby, football and tennis, Russell Jackson thinks

News | Features Last 7 days

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

    Lyon low after high of 2013 (51)

    The offspinner was Australia's highest wicket-taker in 2013, but his form has dipped sharply this year

    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

    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