Sport Stuart Broad takes over as captain for the T20s

After spending the last 12 weeks being battered and bruised at the hands of Australia, Stuart Broad could be forgiven for wishing he was already back at home.

Matt Prior on the attack in the third Test against New Zealand in March

Six years on, Matt Prior completes rise from England hardcase to universally acclaimed gem

Wicketkeeper's early unpopularity forgotten as he pips Alastair Cook to win Player of the Year award

Graeme Swann and Tim Bresnan are both recalled to the England squad to face New Zealand

Graeme Swann and Tim Bresnan return for New Zealand series

Duo back in 12-man England squad after missing Tour of New Zealand

Joe Root has been named captain of the England Lions

Lions leader Joe Root viewed as future England captain

Joe Root's future as the captain of England has not yet been formally declared. But the announcement on Monday that he will lead England Lions next week against the New Zealanders is as clear an indication as any of the selectors' thinking.

Steven Finn of England celebrates after dismissing Hamish Rutherford of New Zealand during day one of the Third Test match

Steven Finn stars as England struggle against New Zealand in Third Test

England have discovered for sure what they insist they suspected all along - that New Zealand are more than a compliant warm-up act for this summer's Ashes.

Peter Fulton of New Zealand celebrates scoring 124 runs not out

New Zealand v England: Alastair Cook learns dangers of drop-in pitches and seeking a quick fix

Hosts reach 250 for the loss of just one wicket

England captain Alastair Cook and coach Andy Flower walk on to the outfield to inspect the ground before rain cause the Test with New Zealand to end in a draw

New Zealand v England: 'One-Test series' to decide outcome after rain hits play

Final Test starts later this week

Michael Clarke must be feeling the strain after a difficult week

The Last Word: Hang tough, Michael Clarke... that is why it is called Test cricket

Scribbling a few thoughts evidently proved beneath the dignity of some

New Zealand v England: Nick Compton century puts him in prime position to open batting in the Ashes

England reached 267 for two on the opening day

Jonathan Trott and Nick Compton leave the field of play after the first day of the second Test between England and New Zealand

New Zealand v England: Jonathan Trott delighted to avoid Dunedin repeat

England reached 267 for two on the opening day

England's captain Alastair Cook walks from the field after being caught out

Second Test: England ride out early loss of Alastair Cook

New Zealand were as good as their word in the second Test last night and may have rued it. Brendon McCullum had insisted that his wide would bowl if they won the toss in Wellington.

Stuart Broad in action in New Zealand

Andy Flower confident Stuart Broad turning the corner on comeback trail

Bowler showed signs of improvement in the first Test against New Zealand

New Zealand v England first Test: Steven Finn heroics can't cure England of first Test syndrome

England 167 & 421-6 drew with New Zealand 460-9 dec: Nightwatchman secures the draw but tourists still don't know how to remedy cardinal defect

Maiden century from Nick Compton keep England on course for draw with New Zealand in first Test

England 167 & 234-1 New Zealand 460-9 decl.

Timely century brings relief to Nick Compton and England

Nick Compton was both proud and relieved after the maiden Test century which has surely cemented his role as an Ashes opener this summer.

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Thousands join class action over Britain's role in the emergency
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The last Christians in Iraq

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Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Britain braced for Black Friday
Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

From America's dad to date-rape drugs

Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
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Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

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Oh come, all ye multi-faithful: The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?

Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

Dr Charles Heatley on joining the NHS volunteers' team bound for Sierra Leone
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Flogging vlogging

First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
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Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

US channels wage comedy star wars
When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine? When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible

When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine?

When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible
Look what's mushrooming now! Meat-free recipes and food scandals help one growing sector

Look what's mushrooming now!

Meat-free recipes and food scandals help one growing sector
Neil Findlay is more a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

More a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

The vilification of the potential Scottish Labour leader Neil Findlay shows how one-note politics is today, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Tenderstem broccoli omelette; Fried eggs with Mexican-style tomato and chilli sauce; Pan-fried cavolo nero with soft-boiled egg

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Bill Granger's cracking egg recipes
Terry Venables: Wayne Rooney is roaring again and the world knows that England are back

Terry Venables column

Wayne Rooney is roaring again and the world knows that England are back
Michael Calvin: Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

Those at the top are allowing the same issues to go unchallenged, says Michael Calvin