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The world record that nearly wasn't
The world record that nearly wasn't

Twenty years ago this week, Brian Lara became Test cricket's highest scorer, but he almost didn't make it

Dimly fades the Don
Dimly fades the Don

Fifteen years after his famous final Test innings, Bradman faced England once again

'Write anything bad and I'll whack you'
'Write anything bad and I'll whack you'

When Viv Richards took exception to a front-page report and marched up to the press box to have words with the journalist

Demented and orgasmic gesticulations
Demented and orgasmic gesticulations

Viv Richards' over-the-top celebrations and a commentary row blighted the fourth Test of 1990 in Bridgetown

The end of the line for Boycott
The end of the line for Boycott

Geoff Boycott largely chose the time and nature of his quitting Test cricket but ruffled feathers in the process

Playing two Tests in a day
Playing two Tests in a day

In the first month of 1930 England found themselves playing simultaneous Test series in New Zealand and the Caribbean

When cricket hit the West End
When cricket hit the West End

The game has been played in few stranger places than in the London Coliseum Theatre of Varieties in St Martin's Lane

England routed in 'a travesty of a game'
England routed in 'a travesty of a game'

England went Down Under with great expectations in 1958, but things went downhill rapidly for them

A near riot at Adelaide Oval
A near riot at Adelaide Oval

The lowest point of one of cricket's most bitter series came in Adelaide in 1933, when mounted police were needed to prevent a riot in an Ashes Test

A barnacle on Australia's backside
A barnacle on Australia's backside

Questionable spirit of cricket isn't just a modern tendency. Great players of the past also indulged in it, especially when it came to saving a Test

When a rusty Jonathan Agnew 'got away with it'
When a rusty Jonathan Agnew 'got away with it'

One of the game's more unusual comebacks involved the long-time BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew

The first-class farce
The first-class farce

Seven years ago Zimbabwe cricket was in the same boat it is in today - financially crippled and struggling to conduct domestic tournaments

The fastest hundred that never was
The fastest hundred that never was

How Steve O'Shaughnessy's whirlwind knock managed to upset purists and cause controversy over the tactics used

'A perversion of positive cricket'
'A perversion of positive cricket'

The world's first one-day final still managed to upset purists and cause controversy over the tactics used

The start of a love affair
The start of a love affair

When a one-sided one-day international at The Oval in the late summer of 1973 triggered a passion that lasts to this day

Same Ashes, but an altogether different world
Same Ashes, but an altogether different world

England regained the Ashes at The Oval in 1953 and 2005. But the experience of Test cricket could not have changed more in in the 52 years between the two matches

The ball of the century
The ball of the century

When a peroxide-blond, earring-wearing leggie turned the game of cricket on its head

Overexposed at Lord's
Overexposed at Lord's

When a merchant seaman stripped down to his trainers and hurdled the stumps during an Ashes Test at Lord's

The boy who bowled Bradman
The boy who bowled Bradman

A 16-year-old schoolboy made the front pages of the national newspapers when he bowled the greatest batsman of all

'Scared dinkum' and dead-drunk Australians
'Scared dinkum' and dead-drunk Australians

A drunk allrounder and players scared witless by a ghost provided an unsettling start to Australia's 2005 Ashes campaign