Stephen Brenkley

Stephen Brenkley is Cricket Correspondent for The Independent.

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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

Bangladeshi captain Mushfiqur Rahim reacts as he walks back to the dressing room after losing his wicket

20 Pointers to the World Twenty20

As England launch their warm-up campaign in Barbados, here's your guide to the global jamboree

West Indies’ Chris Gayle takes part in fielding practice at the Kensington Oval in Barbados ahead of today’s opening T20

Kevin Pietersen saga: Chris Gayle offers untimely reminder of absent friend

Perhaps one day soon the new era can begin properly. The sheet will be truly clean, as if it has just been twice through the washing machine. But  not yet.

Day In a Page

How I brokered a peace deal with Robert Mugabe: Roy Agyemang reveals the delicate diplomacy needed to get Zimbabwe’s President to sit down with the BBC

How I brokered a peace deal with Robert Mugabe

Roy Agyemang reveals the delicate diplomacy needed to get Zimbabwe’s President to sit down with the BBC
Video of British Muslims dancing to Pharrell Williams's hit Happy attacked as 'sinful'

British Muslims's Happy video attacked as 'sinful'

The four-minute clip by Honesty Policy has had more than 300,000 hits on YouTube
Church of England-raised Michael Williams describes the unexpected joys in learning about his family's Jewish faith

Michael Williams: Do as I do, not as I pray

Church of England-raised Williams describes the unexpected joys in learning about his family's Jewish faith
A History of the First World War in 100 moments: A visit to the Front Line by the Prime Minister's wife

A History of the First World War in 100 moments

A visit to the Front Line by the Prime Minister's wife
Comedian Jenny Collier: 'Sexism I experienced on stand-up circuit should be extinct'

Jenny Collier: 'Sexism on stand-up circuit should be extinct'

The comedian's appearance at a show on the eve of International Women's Day was cancelled because they had "too many women" on the bill
Cannes Film Festival: Ken Loach and Mike Leigh to fight it out for the Palme d'Or

Cannes Film Festival

Ken Loach and Mike Leigh to fight it out for the Palme d'Or
The concept album makes surprise top ten return with neolithic opus from Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson

The concept album makes surprise top ten return

Neolithic opus from Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson is unexpected success
Lichen is the surprise new ingredient on fine-dining menus, thanks to our love of Scandinavian and Indian cuisines

Lichen is surprise new ingredient on fine-dining menus

Emily Jupp discovers how it can give a unique, smoky flavour to our cooking
10 best baking books

10 best baking books

Planning a spot of baking this bank holiday weekend? From old favourites to new releases, here’s ten cookbooks for you
Jury still out on Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini

Jury still out on Pellegrini

Draw with Sunderland raises questions over Manchester City manager's ability to motivate and unify his players
Ben Stokes: 'Punching lockers isn't way forward'

Ben Stokes: 'Punching lockers isn't way forward'

The all-rounder has been hailed as future star after Ashes debut but incident in Caribbean added to doubts about discipline. Jon Culley meets a man looking to control his emotions
Mark Johnston: First £1 million jackpot spurs him on

Mark Johnston: First £1 million jackpot spurs him on

The most prize money ever at an All-Weather race day is up for grabs at Lingfield on Friday, and the record-breaking trainer tells Jon Freeman how times have changed
Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail. If you think it's awful, then just don't watch it'

Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail'

As the second series of his divisive sitcom 'Derek' hits screens, the comedian tells James Rampton why he'll never bow to the critics who habitually circle his work
Mad Men series 7, TV review: The suits are still sharp, but Don Draper has lost his edge

Mad Men returns for a final fling

The suits are still sharp, but Don Draper has lost his edge
Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground as there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit

Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground

Technology giant’s scientists say there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit