Stephen Brenkley

Stephen Brenkley is Cricket Correspondent for The Independent.

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Stuart Broad labelled the umpires' decision making 'distinctly average' in the World Twenty20 opening defeat to New Zealand

World Twenty 20: England anger as umpires try to ride out storm

Broad’s men go down to New Zealand in shortened match after officials keep teams on in thunder, lightning and lashing rain, writes Stephen Brenkley in Chittagong

Stuart Broad (right) talks to England bowling coach David Saker during a nets session in Chittagong

England pin hopes on Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler firing on the big stage

This has been a long and deeply disappointing winter for England. All the signs are that it is about to grind on for around a week more towards a horrible end.

James Whitaker (right) with Andy Flower, the former head coach who stood down after the Ashes whitewash last winter

James Whitaker: The man who must pick up the pieces

Chairman of selectors is a thankless job and new incumbent has to rebuild after a disastrous winter. Stephen Brenkley meets a chocolate-maker with a tough task and a soft centre

Power play: Bangladesh troops stage a security exercise in Dhaka yesterday

World Twenty20: T20 marches on to global domination with record-breaking World Cup

The fifth World Twenty20 starts in Bangladesh today. It will carry a first prize of £660,000 for the men's event and £42,000 for the women's, a disparity that even the International Cricket Council may one day decide is a little too demeaning.

Ben Stokes is understood to have punched a locker and broken his hand after being clean bowled by Krishmar Santokie first ball on Thursday

World Twenty20: Ben Stokes blow puts England even further off the pace

It is impossible to be optimistic about England’s prospects in the World Twenty20. There are a multitude of reasons to suggest that any one of seven other teams will win the tournament which starts in Bangladesh.

Chris Jordan celebrates the wicket of Marlon Samuels following his heroics with the bat

Hometown hero Chris Jordan leads England to victory over West Indies

England 165-6 West Indies 160-7 (England win by 5 runs)

Ashley Giles admitted that England have not resolved their problem against spin in T20

World Twenty20 2014: Ashley Giles exasperated by England batting woes

'We're not playing well, and haven't done for a period now,' says acting coach

Chris Gayle lines up a shot on his way to 36 in Bridgetown

Jos Buttler's Caribbean cameo cannot hide World Twenty20 worries

West Indies 155-5 England 152-7 (WI win by 5 wickets to take series)

Ian Bell in the nets ahead of the Fourth Ashes Test against Australia at the MCG

ICC World Twenty20: Ian Bell called in to save England’s T20 dream

A batsman who has not played a Twenty20 match for three years was charged on Monday with salvaging England’s world championship campaign. The belated summons of Ian Bell is a measure of the squad’s  uncertain state, with captain Stuart Broad set to miss the last two matches in the Caribbean with knee trouble and vice-captain, Eoin Morgan, also needing treatment on a  troublesome knee injury.

Marlon Samuels smashed 69 not out from 46 balls for West Indies

Clueless England cricket team is once again humbled by spinners

And captain Stuart Broad will miss the next two T20 matches due to tendonitis of his right knee

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Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

In the final part of our series, Chris Green arrives in Glasgow - a host city struggling to keep the politics out of its celebration of sport
Out in the cold: A writer spends a night on the streets and hears the stories of the homeless

A writer spends a night on the streets

Rough sleepers - the homeless, the destitute and the drunk - exist in every city. Will Nicoll meets those whose luck has run out
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New stations are opening across the country and our railways appear to be entering an era not seen in Britain since the early 1950s
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Conchita becomes a 'bride' on Paris catwalk

Alexander Fury salutes the Eurovision Song Contest winner's latest triumph
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Pétanque 'world cup' hit by death threats

This year's most acrimonious sporting event took place in France, not Brazil. How did pétanque get so passionate?
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Whelks were the Victorian equivalent of the donor kebab and our stocks are abundant. So why do we now export them all to the Far East?
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From luxury bespoke eyewear to fun festival sunnies, we round up the shades to be seen in this summer
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No 10 is always centre of attention but Barça team-mate is just as crucial to finalists’ hopes
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer knows she needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

18-year-old says this month’s Commonwealth Games are a key staging post in her career before time slips away
The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

A future Palestine state will have no borders and be an enclave within Israel, surrounded on all sides by Israeli-held territory, says Robert Fisk
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The German people demand an end to the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

The German people demand an end to the fighting
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For a century, what Wilde actually said at his trials was a mystery. But the recent discovery of shorthand notes changed that. Now his grandson Merlin Holland has turned them into a play
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Martin Freeman’s psychotic monarch is big on mockery but wanting in malice