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A turkey of a tournament
A turkey of a tournament

The 2004 Champions Trophy 'deserved to be ranked … in the list of the Great Sporting Fiascos of our time'

The end of the innocence
The end of the innocence

The felling of a tailender by Bob Willis triggered the acceptance that helmets were needed in the game

Well done... and straight to prison
Well done... and straight to prison

The tale of a man who took 4 for 49 and was promptly arrested for deserting the army

Opening Pandora's one-day box
Opening Pandora's one-day box

Fifty years ago, an effort to bring crowds back to cricket led to the birth of a new format

Snow, sleet ... and cricket
Snow, sleet ... and cricket

In 1903, the English county season got off to a start with a match between London County and Surrey. But the match, which featured WG Grace and Bangalore Jayaram, was played amid sleet and snow showers

Australia's greatest challenge
Australia's greatest challenge

In 1969-70 Australia won their series in India: a battle between spinners and batsmen, played against a background of widespread violence

Putting Sachin in the shade
Putting Sachin in the shade

When two Hyderabad schoolboys smashed a record set 18 years earlier by Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli

When Lara led a players' strike
When Lara led a players' strike

West Indies cricket hit a new low in November 1998 when the captain and his squad refused to travel to South Africa

'I've run you out, you ****'
'I've run you out, you ****'

The nadir of Geoff Boycott's brief time as England captain came when he was deliberately run out by one of his own side

Botham, Hollywood and James Bond
Botham, Hollywood and James Bond

When Beefy was told he had the 'looks, build and accent' to be the next 007

Plumbing the depths
Plumbing the depths

When New Zealand set an unwelcome Test record that still stands almost 60 years later

Desperate times... send for Blowers
Desperate times... send for Blowers

When an injury-ravaged England were so short they almost had to send for Henry Blofeld

The Vaseline affair
The Vaseline affair

When a discarded strip of gauze threatened to derail a series

When players became cricketers
When players became cricketers

Fifty years ago this month the distinction between amateurs and professionals was finally abolished and they all become simply 'cricketers'

The first team from India to visit England
The first team from India to visit England

Fifteen Parsees toured England in 1886, and though the results weren't great, they were well received

India opens Pandora's ODI Box
India opens Pandora's ODI Box

They were the slowest country to embrace the one-day game, but they more than made up for it in the years that followed

Viv Richards' two-year ban
Viv Richards' two-year ban

When an outburst of petulance led him to do things he regretted years later

Geoff Boycott's Indian bore
Geoff Boycott's Indian bore

As the England opener showed, there are occasions when the score itself is less important than the way the runs are accumulated

The soggiest of squibs
The soggiest of squibs

At the end of a wet summer, we look back to an even wetter one, and the death of a visionary idea

Crash, bang and Pandora's box is opened
Crash, bang and Pandora's box is opened

The day the game of cricket was changed forever