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July 1 down the years

A modern classic

England beat West Indies by a whisker

July 2 down the years

All out for 25

Ireland down West Indies

July 3 down the years

The master bowler

New Zealand's finest cricketer is born

July 4 down the years

The mighty metronome

One of England's greatest post-war bowlers is born

July 5 down the years

He should have been a paceman

A controversial slow-left armer

July 6 down the years

Makhaya makes his entry

And goes on to play a 100 Tests

July 7 down the years

An audacious Indian

MS Dhoni is born

July 8 down the years

A princely entrance

One of India's finest captains is born

July 9 down the years

Edrich's epoch

An epic in Leeds

July 10 down the years

Sunny days are here

A genius with immaculate technique and unending powers of concentration

July 11 down the years

Cowdrey's crowning glory

MCC's special hundred

July 12 down the years

Zero sum

Goochie gets a pair of glasses

July 13 down the years

The Yuvi-Kaif show

India's second great Lord's heist

July 14 down the years

England edge a thriller

The Ashes get off to a screamer

July 15 down the years

Fagg's unique double-hundreds

Two doubles in a first-class match

July 16 down the years

The real deal

Jack of all trades

July 17 down the years

Perfection in gauntlets

A keeper to keep

July 18 down the years

The most famous beard in sport

The good doctor makes an entrance

July 19 down the years

A rare old day

Fred tucks into India... again

July 20 down the years

Botham's day

Beefy turns it on

July 21 down the years

The man who made batting look easy

A South African legend is born

July 22 down the years

Death of a Bodyline bowler

Larwood's last goodbye

July 23 down the years

If at first you don't succeed...

One of England's finest batsmen is born

July 24 down the years

A stylist in glasses

The birth of Zed

July 25 down the years

Test cricket turns 2000

A match full of milestones

July 26 down the years

Immovable object, irresistible force

Athers and White Lightning face off

July 27 down the years

A true competitor

Captain Grumpy is born

July 28 down the years

A colossus with bad knees

Birth of surely the greatest allrounder in cricket history

July 29 down the years

And they went on and on

The highest Test partnership for any wicket

July 30 down the years

Jimmy finds his mojo

Birth of England fast bowler James Anderson

July 31 down the years

Laker's match

Australia v the unstoppable force

    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

    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 (51)

    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