December 2 down the years

Bodyline's quiet beginning

An uncontroversial start to the most controversial Test series in cricket history

Stan McCabe plays a cover drive

December 5 down the years

Hat-trick hero

Big Merv lets West Indies have it

Merv Hughes bowls

December 8 down the years

The second 200

Sehwag becomes the second man to go past 200 in ODIs

Virender Sehwag reacts after getting to a double-ton

December 17 down the years

History in Nagpur

Cook leads England to a remarkable series win

MS Dhoni and Alastair Cook shake hands at the toss

December 19 down the years

Punter comes knocking

One of the most aesthetically appealing batters in world cricket is born

Ricky Ponting pulls on his way to a half-century

December 22 down the years

A draw for the ages

India and South Africa play out a humdinger at the Wanderers

India's players shake hands with Vernon Philander after the Test is drawn

December 23 down the years

The great accumulator

Geoff Boycott breaks Garry Sobers' record, scores a century, and leaves the tour

Geoff Boycott sweeps on his way to passing Garry Sobers' world record aggregate of Test runs

December 24 down the years

A gentle giant

The first player to appear in 100 Tests

Colin Cowdrey drives

December 25 down the years

Captain Cook lands

The birth of the first England batsman to make 10,000 Test runs

Alastair Cook went to his half-century in the fourth over of the morning

December 28 down the years

Enter Intikhab

The birth of a fine Pakistani legspinner

Intikhab Alam bowls for Surrey

December 29 down the years

Well bowled, Saqi

Births of Saqlain Mushtaq, David Boon and Travis Head

Saqlain Mushtaq took four

December 30 down the years

Root for me

Geoff Miller pouches what Chris Tavaré spills

Joe Root continued his fine form with another century