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Schools Cricketer of the Year 2008

Jonathan Bairstow

Wisden has long carried details of schools cricket. As far back as 1865, the second edition included an account of the previous year's Eton v Harrow match

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Of dentists and dancing girls

When the suggestion of spending a day in the Trini Posse Stand arose, this particular rover accepted the challenge. It was a tough job, but someone had to do it.

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Fringe benefits

The likes of Avishkar Salvi, Gautam Gambhir, Alan Dawson and Jacques Rudolph may look back on the TVS Cup with some fondness, but for the vast majority, it won't even merit a place in the recesses of the memory.

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'Is that you, John Wayne?'

1995 A memorable duel between Curtly Ambrose and Steve Waugh, as West Indies took control of the third Test in Trinidad.

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Target Australia

Buoyed by the impressive performances of the Indian seamers over the past five months, coach John Wright hoped that the good run would continue when India tour Australia for a four-Test series later this year

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They have to acknowledge that their greatest era, founded on a depth of batting talent and a seemingly endless supply of genuinely fast bowlers, is finally over.

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Australia simply too good

This should have been Brian Lara's day, a triumphant homecoming for the newly-reappointed West Indies captain. But aside from two awful umpiring decisions by Asoka de Silva, little went right for him.

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A time to share

For the second time in three finals, India waited in the pavilion as the rain pummelled down and washed out the game.

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Damp squib

For their second final in three tournaments, the Indians watched it pour down