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When the game became too much
When the game became too much

At the time of year when players call it quits, we look back to one whose retirement came midway through a match

When Nasser was booed at The Oval
When Nasser was booed at The Oval

They might be the world No. 1 at the moment, but exactly 12 years ago a defeat at The Oval left England at the bottom of the table

India's day of glory
India's day of glory

India came to England in 1971 with a record of no wins and 15 defeats in their 19 Tests... but all that changed at The Oval

Parsimonious perfection
Parsimonious perfection

While today a dot ball in limited-overs cricket is often seen as an achievement, in 1969 a Somerset spinner finished with figures of 8-8-0-0 in a 40-over match

India's all-time low
India's all-time low

At Lord's in 1974, India were bowled out in a little over an hour for 42, in a series which started full of promise but soon fell apart

BC Cooray's nightmare
BC Cooray's nightmare

In early 2001 an umpire united both sides as well as spectators in agreement that his officiating was atrocious

England's one-off Test ground
England's one-off Test ground

While another Test ground makes its debut, the salutary example of Bramall Lane, England's forgotten Test venue, should not be overlooked

Sri Lanka's impressive Lord's debut
Sri Lanka's impressive Lord's debut

On paper, when England and Sri Lanka met for the first time in England at Lord's in the late summer of 1984, there should have only been one winner ... but Sri Lanka had other ideas

The most explosive innings of all time?
The most explosive innings of all time?

One hundred years ago this week, 27-year-old Ted Alletson played what remains one of the most brutal knocks in any form of cricket

Fast... but black
Fast... but black

In 1892 an unknown bowler called Krom Hendricks was at the heart of a row that was to cast a shadow over South African cricket for almost a century

The low-key birth of one-day cricket
The low-key birth of one-day cricket

At a time when English domestic cricket is under constant review, we look back to when a county secretary had an idea that revolutionised the game

The World Cup rain-rule farce
The World Cup rain-rule farce

New rain rules for the 1992 World Cup were supposed to be fairer, but in the semi-final between England and South Africa they led to one of the most farcical finishes in the game's history

Kenya down the lacklustre legends
Kenya down the lacklustre legends

West Indies were a shambles going into the 1996 World Cup, and the unknown amateurs of Kenya exploited that to the full in one of the game's biggest upsets

The wrong trousers
The wrong trousers

The 2003 World Cup was hardly cricket's finest hour ... but perhaps the most embarrassing incident for the hosts came at an otherwise forgettable match between India and Netherlands at Paarl in the first week

Sunny's World Cup go-slow
Sunny's World Cup go-slow

The first World Cup match was an occasion tarnished by the most bizarre of innings from Sunil Gavaskar

Underhand, underarm
Underhand, underarm

Why Greg Chappell instructed brother Trevor to bowl the infamous underarm delivery, and the subsequent fallout

The Denness affair
The Denness affair

When a match referee started a row that briefly threatened to rip world cricket apart on racial lines

South Africa return the favour
South Africa return the favour

When the time came for South Africa to host their first international series after readmission, it was only natural they pick India

The thirty-year feud
The thirty-year feud

In a week where Ian Botham and Ian Chappell had to be prised apart in a car park, Martin Williamson looks back at the 33-year feud between the pair

'A fine ****ing way to start a series'
'A fine ****ing way to start a series'

Few tours have got off to a more controversial and acrimonious start than the first post-war Ashes series