The last twelve months have seen some spectacular highs, both on and off the field. There was Virender Sehwag’s ODI double-hundred, England’s ruthlessness in retaining the Ashes Down Under and Kumar Sangakkara’s stirring ‘Spirit of Cowdrey’ lecture. In the Guardian's The Sport Blog, Mike Selvey recounts these and others in his XI highlights of 2011.

We shall never see Dravid bat again in a Test match in England, but what a legacy he left. None of India's travails last summer could be laid at his door, and to score at Lord's, Trent Bridge and the Oval, three centuries in four Tests, mostly in adversity, was remarkable. Calling him the Wall does not do him justice. This is the Great Wall.

Tariq Engineer is a former senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo