Stephen Brenkley

Stephen Brenkley is Cricket Correspondent for The Independent.

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Paul Downton has been removed from his position

Paul Downton sacked as ECB managing director following England's awful year

He had been in charge since October 2013

Alastair Cook celebrates his century yesterday, his first for England in almost two years

St Kitts XI59 & 76-7 England 379-6 dec: Alastair Cook finally scores another ton as he aims to silence his critics

Alastair Cook scored his first century for England in almost two years and then promptly retired. From his innings, that is, not his career. It was tempting to suppose that he departed out of sheer relief, though apparently it was to give his colleagues a go in the gentlest of friendly matches before the first Test begins on Monday.

Jonathan Trott made a half-century on his return to the England side

St Kitts & Nevis XI 59 England 181-1: Jonathan Trott in fine form on return to duty but England need tougher tests

Quite what the meaningful connection was between yesterday’s proceedings and the preparation for a Test series was not immediately apparent. It offered England time in the middle on a lovely day (sunny with a hint of a cooling breeze) in beautiful surroundings before a smattering of perfectly content spectators.

The England captain, Alastair Cook, takes a catch in practice in Basseterre, St Kitts

Alastair Cook and Peter Moores need Caribbean triumph to lay ghost of Kevin Pietersen

This tour of the West Indies is as intriguing as that in 2009

Jonathan Trott has been recalled to the England Test squad

Jonathan Trott back in England colours as KP attacks Graham Gooch

Trott has recovered determinedly since he was disrupted by the pace and intent of Mitchell Johnson in the first Test of the Ashes in November 2013

Fawad Ahmed came to Australia as an asylum seeker

Ashes 2015: Fawad Ahmed's selection adds mystery to Australia's ominous squad for Tests

The leg-spinner arrived Down Under from Pakistan five years ago as an asylum seeker, fearing for his life

New Zealand’s Grant Elliott helps South Africa’s Dale Steyn up after their semi-final

Cricket World Cup 2015: Our awards for Best Batting, Bowling, Game and others as we celebrate the rebirth of the 50-over game

After an exhilarating tournament filled with wonderful batting, bowling and fielding, all played out in an uplifting spirit and atmosphere, Stephen Brenkley hands out the gongs but also explains why it is vital the ICC builds on the goodwill to secure the one-day game’s future

Australia's batsman Michael Clarke (R) shakes hands with New Zealand's captain Brendon McCullum in his last cricket one-day international as Australia close in on a World Cup final victory
Glenn Maxwell’s 102 off 53 balls against England epitomised why this World Cup has been such a big hit

Cricket World Cup 2015: Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?

Aussie captain Michael Clarke says the five-day game has a big future - but most fans here disagree...

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