Stephen Brenkley

Stephen Brenkley is Cricket Correspondent for The Independent.

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The faces of England’s players and coaches on the dressing room balcony during the second Test at Lord’s give the game away

England vs India Third Test preview: Overlooked Ashley Giles is not for gloating

Former England coach has only sympathy for the man overseeing the summer’s Test debacle though, he tells Stephen Brenkley, he expected more

Jos Buttler plays rugby during the England cricket team’s training

England vs India Third Test preview: Bad tempers cast cloud over series but Jos Buttler brings a silver lining

All-rounder Ravi Jadeja was fined for his part in a spat with the England fast bowler Jimmy Anderson

Alastair Cook tries his hand at rugby during yesterday’s training session at the Ageas Bowl

England vs India Third Test preview: Alastair Cook may be tempted to plough a completely new furrow

Life in the country could become more attractive than leading his country…

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England v India: Jimmy Anderson's ban hearing looms large over crucial third Test

The tourists are confident they have enough evidence to make their charges of misbehaviour stick

Jos Buttler, one of only two changes to the squad for the third Test, has impressed behind the stumps and with the bat

England v India: Jos Buttler called up but hosts persist with underachievers

Senior players, Ian Bell, Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Board, will all continue in the Third Test

Moeen Ali plays the final ball before lunch into the hands of India's Cheteshwar Pujara

England vs India second Test report: Hapless England brushed aside in hour of mayhem

But a team lacking form and direction prompt only more declarations of faith

England's Captain Alastair Cook walks back to the pavilion after getting out for 22 runs

England vs India report: Cook faces the end as England let things slip at Lord's

second Test, day four: India 295 & 342 v England 319 & 105-4

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England vs India second Test report: Liam Plunkett breathes life back into England

Yorkshire fast bowler hits an unbeaten 55 before wresting back the initiative from India with two wickets in two balls to set up what promises to be an enthralling finish at Lord’s

Alaistair Cook walks back to the pavilion after India bowl him out for 10
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England v India: Hosts pray for ‘traditional’ surface to help end dismal run

Before the acrimony of the last few days, the playing surfaces had dominated this summer’s two Test series and today at Lord’s the pitch was still high on the agenda.

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