Stephen Brenkley

Stephen Brenkley is Cricket Correspondent for The Independent.

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Alex Hales has agreed to join Hobart Hurricanes for the 2014-15 Big Bash League

Alex Hales replaces Ravi Bopara in England ODI squad

Hales has been in scintillating form for Nottinghamshire this season

Duncan Fletcher let slip that he already knows the India side

Duncan Fletcher’s job on line as India old guard tire of Test defeats

Test defeats "swept under the carpet" because of short-form success

England's Chris Jordan (centre) celebrates with his team-mates after taking the wicket of Ravichandran Ashwin
Joe Root takes the applause after another half-century in the fifth Test against India

England vs India fifth Test report: Joe Root assumes command as bold England scent victory

India 148 England 385-7: Yorkshireman helps to turn the screw on India while becoming third Englishman to complete a half-century in all five matches of a series

England were brilliant on day one of the fifth Test

England vs India fifth Test: India’s batting is exposed by James Anderson yet again

Bowled tourists out for just 148 and are 62/0 at close of play

The India coach Duncan Fletcher runs for cover during a nets session at The Oval yesterday

England v India Fifth Test: Duncan Fletcher’s reputation on the line as India look to Ishant Sharma for inspiration

India’s recent away Test record is abysmal. The momentous victory at Lord’s less than a month ago, which seemed to have broken the cycle of defeat and mediocrity, has been followed by a return to the familiar pattern.

India’s practice session yesterday is cut short due to rain while

England v India Fifth Test: England to guard against a revival as unlikely as theirs

Alastair Cook’s men in control of series after that drop of good fortune for captain

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England vs India fifth Test: Moeen Ali happy to be breaking down barriers

England bowler has achieved cult status this summer

Charlotte Edwards will lead England for the ninth time in Test matches and the 188th time overall

Women's cricket: Professional approach is likely to prove key for Charlotte Edwards

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Alastair Cook takes the applause after Saturday’s remarkable win over India at Old Trafford

Alastair Cook reign as captain was never in danger, says Peter Moores

England coach hails opening batsman’s steely determination as reason why he stood by his man

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