Stephen Brenkley

Stephen Brenkley is Cricket Correspondent for The Independent.

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Ravi Bopara during fielding practice in Antigua

Ravi Bopara reluctantly happy to apply the finishing touch

Batsman shows his mettle at No 7, but is keen to move up the order

ECB hands former England coach Andy Flower new elite coaching role

Andy Flower, England’s former coach, has been made technical director of elite coaching by the England and Wales Cricket Board.

Stephen Parry proves instantly he can thrive on world stage

Stephen Parry has one of those stories which make the business of modern professional sport worth the candle. On Sunday, making his improbable debut for England in the second one-day international against West Indies, he took 3 for 32 and was man of the match. England secured a vital, much-needed win.

England captain Stuart Broad celebrates after hitting the winning runs in the second one dayer

West Indies Tour: Despite their best efforts, Stuart Broad’s England finally record a win

England 163-7 (44.4 overs) beat West Indies 159 (44.2 overs) by three wickets

I’m the man Ashley Giles reveals his interest in replacing Andy Flowers as England coach

Ashley Giles throws his hat into the ring for England job

Coach of the current one-day squad outlines his plans for putting the national team back on track

Stuart Broad in the nets yesterday

England tour of West Indies: Dark shadow of Allen Stanford grips Antigua

The ECB may have tried to quickly forget the 'Twenty20 for 20' but the fraudster's downfall cost thousands of jobs and left a giant hole in the island's economy

Ashley Giles during a nets session in Antigua yesterday

West Indies one-day series a chance for Ashley Giles to stake claim for England's top job

England start their peculiar one-day series against West Indies on Friday. It is also the launch of Ashley Giles' audition for the job of head coach and the beginning of a new era for the team.

Ottis Gibson (left) chats to the then England coach Andy Flower in Guyana in 2010

England shortlist for new coach grows shorter as Ottis Gibson says 'no'

West Indies coach's decision leaves Ashley Giles as only contender to replace Andy Flower

England’s Joe Root plays a shot on his way to a century in Antigua

England relieved to begin new era with narrow win over the University of West Indies Vice-Chancellor's XI

The brave new world began with a victory. It was not much of one, it may barely rate a mention in dispatches once the dust has eventually settled. But when a team has spent the winter as bereft of success as England anything will do.

Jos Buttler takes a dive in practice in Antigua yesterday

England are desperate to move on from Kevin Pietersen

'There are different faces around, a change in director, it’s a new era'

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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
Westminster is awash with tales of young men being sexually harassed - but it's far from being just a problem in politics

Is sexual harassment a fact of gay life?

Westminster is awash with tales of young men being sexually harassed - but it's far from being just a problem in politics
Moshi Monster creator Michael Acton Smith: The man behind a British success story

Moshi Monster creator Michael Acton Smith

Acton Smith launched a world of virtual creatures who took the real world by storm
Kim Jong-un's haircut: The Independent heads to Ealing to try out the dictator's do

Our journalist tries out Kim Jong-un's haircut

The North Korean embassy in London complained when M&M Hair Academy used Kim Jong-un's image in the window. Curious, Guy Pewsey heads to the hair salon and surrenders to the clippers
A History of the First World War in 100 moments: A forgotten naval victory in which even Nature played a part

A History of the First World War in 100 moments

A forgotten naval victory in which even Nature played a part
Vespa rides on with launch of Primavera: Iconic Italian scooter still revving up millions of sales

Vespa rides on with launch of the Primavera

The Vespa has been a style icon since the 1950s and the release this month of its latest model confirms it has lost little of its lustre
Record Store Day: Independent music shops can offer a tempting alternative to downloads

Record Store Day celebrates independent music shops

This Saturday sees a host of events around the country to champion the sellers of well-grooved wax
Taunton's policy of putting philosophy at heart of its curriculum is one of secrets of its success

Education: Secret of Taunton's success

Taunton School, in Somerset, is one of the country's leading independent schools, says Richard Garner
10 best smartphones

10 best smartphones

With a number of new smartphones on the market, we round up the best around, including some more established models
Mickey Arthur: Aussie tells ECB to stick with Ashley Giles

Mickey Arthur: Aussie tells ECB to stick with Ashley Giles

The former Australia coach on why England must keep to Plan A, about his shock at their collapse Down Under, why he sent players home from India and the agonies of losing his job
Homelessness: Why is the supported lodgings lifeline under threat?

Why is the supported lodgings lifeline under threat?

Zubairi Sentongo swapped poverty in Uganda for homelessness in Britain. But a YMCA scheme connected him with a couple offering warmth and shelter
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: When the world’s biggest shed took over Regent’s Park

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

When the world’s biggest shed took over Regent’s Park
The pain of IVF

The pain of IVF

As an Italian woman vows to keep the babies from someone else’s eggs, Julian Baggini ponders how the reality of childbirth is often messier than the natural ideal