Stephen Brenkley

Stephen Brenkley is Cricket Correspondent for The Independent.

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Ian Bell is applauded after scoring his century against Australia at Trent Bridge last summer

England v Sri Lanka: Nice-guy Ian Bell deserves his Test milestone

England’s classiest batsman starts his 100th Test on Friday, a deserved landmark for a man who’s a delight to watch and know. Stephen Brenkley pays tribute to a master of his art

England players, led by paceman Stuart Broad, go up as one to appeal for the decisive wicket of Nuwan Pradeep at Lord’s. But celebrations were cut short when the decision was quickly overturned by DRS

England v Sri Lanka: Lord's first Test thriller leaves crucial questions unanswered

England are no closer to finding a successor to Graeme Swann, Sam Robson was unconvincing – and where is Ben Stokes?

Ian Bell, James Anderson and Stuart Broad of England leave the field at Lord's after falling just short of beating Sri Lanka
Gary Ballance on his way to a century while

England v Sri Lanka: Gary Ballance cuts loose to set up England for final-day victory push

First Test - day four: England 575-9 dec & 267-8 v Sri Lanka 453

Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka in action during day three of 1st Investec Test match between England and Sri Lanka at Lord's

England v Sri Lanka: Kumar Sangakkara stars as England bowlers toil on unhelpful surface

Stylish Sri Lankan veteran reaches his first century at the home of cricket but there was little else to shout about

Joe Root sweeps on his way to an unbeaten double century at Lord’s yesterday
One of England’s three debutants, Mooen Ali, bats in the nets at Lord’s yesterday; he is due to come in at six and bowl off-spin

Desperately seeking Ballance: England shuffle Test batting order

Yorkshire's No 5 will bat at first wicket down and Root was opening a year ago but comes in at five – so it's up to the bowlers to lead the way
Alastair Cook, the England captain, needs runs almost as much as a win

England v Sri Lanka: Alastair Cook quick to defend decision to leave popular pair out of side

Captain explains omission of success stories Stokes and Buttler for first Test
Kevin Pietersen of Surrey sitting on the bench after his innings during the NatWest T20 Blast match between Surrey and Essex Eagles

Kevin Pietersen’s XI aimed at fans impatient for England revival

Pietersen paid the price for England's failings Down Under and while he admits he is 'grateful' for his England career, he is pleased to have left the international fold

Double take: Lord’s has not seen a longer beard than Moeen Ali’s since WG Grace’s days

England v Sri Lanka: It’s Ali (W)G

The unmissable Moeen Ali says he will be representing more than England when he plays at Lord’s on Thursday

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Iraq crisis: How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over the north of the country

How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over northern Iraq

A speech by an ex-MI6 boss hints at a plan going back over a decade. In some areas, being Shia is akin to being a Jew in Nazi Germany, says Patrick Cockburn
The evolution of Andy Serkis: First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

The evolution of Andy Serkis

First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
You thought 'Benefits Street' was controversial: Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried

You thought 'Benefits Street' was controversial...

Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried
Refugee children from Central America let down by Washington's high ideals

Refugee children let down by Washington's high ideals

Democrats and Republicans refuse to set aside their differences to cope with the influx of desperate Central Americas, says Rupert Cornwell
Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Malorie Blackman appeals for a better ethnic mix of authors and characters and the illustrator Quentin Blake comes to the rescue
Blackest is the new black: Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...

Blackest is the new black

Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...
Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

The US Ambassador to London holds 'jeans and beer' gigs at his official residence – it's all part of the job, he tells Chris Green
Meet the Quantified Selfers: From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor

Meet the 'Quantified Selfers'

From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor
Madani Younis: Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Madani Younis wants the neighbourhood to follow his work as closely as his audiences do
Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

When it comes to national stereotyping, the Irish – among others – know it can pay to play up to outsiders' expectations, says DJ Taylor
Gavin Maxwell's bitter legacy: Was the otter man the wildlife champion he appeared to be?

Otter man Gavin Maxwell's bitter legacy

The aristocrat's eccentric devotion to his pets inspired a generation. But our greatest living nature writer believes his legacy has been quite toxic
Joanna Rowsell: The World Champion cyclist on breaking her collarbone, shattering her teeth - and dealing with alopecia

Joanna Rowsell: 'I wear my wig to look normal'

The World Champion cyclist on breaking her collarbone, shattering her teeth - and dealing with alopecia
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef gives raw ingredients a lift with his quick marinades

Bill Granger's quick and delicious marinades

Our chef's marinades are great for weekend barbecuing, but are also a delicious way of injecting flavour into, and breaking the monotony of, weekday meals
Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014 preview: Why Brazilians don't love their neighbours Argentina any more

Anyone but Argentina – why Brazilians don’t love their neighbours any more

The hosts will be supporting Germany in today's World Cup final, reports Alex Bellos
The Open 2014: Time again to ask that major question - can Lee Westwood win at last?

The Open 2014

Time again to ask that major question - can Lee Westwood win at last?