Sport Monty Panesar bowls in the nets at Adelaide as Alastair Cook looks on

Monty Panesar was initially dropped by England in strange circumstances. Looking back nearly five years it was as though he was squarely to blame for the beach which doubled as a cricket pitch at the Sir Viv Richards Recreation Ground in Antigua.

Cook can't hide England faults

England 600-6 dec & 279-2 dec West Indies 749-9 dec

Tony Cozier: Guyana's great talent finally runs out of bad luck

Sarwan must at times have wondered why fate had dealt him such a tough hand

Rash of referrals blight the game

No other sport could get itself into such an unholy mess. No other governing body but the International Cricket Council could mean so well with such a dire outcome.

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Look into my eyes. You are feeling very sleepy. Or at least you would have been if you had tuned in to the television shopping channel Ideal World last Friday night.

Flintoff sent for home help

Talismanic all-rounder remains committed to IPL riches despite injury

Flintoff to fly home for treatment

England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff will miss the fifth and final cricket test against the West Indies starting in a week's time in Trinidad, team officials confirmed today.

Andrew Flintofff: 'I never get a niggle. It's always a proper injury'

The Brian Viner Interview: Freddie is out of action again. But England's talismanic all-rounder says he will be fit to play in the IPL and this summer's much-awaited Ashes

Strauss plays captain's innings

England captain Andrew Strauss hit his 16th Test hundred to power his side into a strong position against West Indies at Kensington Oval.

Swann: 'In two years I could be on the scrapheap'

Graeme Swann, England's No 1 spinner, tells Stephen Brenkley about life as the down to earth joker in cricket's pack

Rivals set out on road to Ashes

England and Australia begin key Tests as countdown to summer begins in earnest

Swann delays elbow surgery to help England's fight

However many bowlers England choose to use in the Fourth Test it would be helpful if most, or indeed all, of them were fully fit. That looked to be a long shot yesterday when it was revealed that Stephen Harmison had been to hospital for a scan on his back.

Giles Clarke: 'I am not going to walk away when people start shouting'

The ECB chairman has come under intense fire over the Stanford debacle but he is defiant in his refusal to quit, writes Stephen Brenkley

Clarke unrepentant over Stanford

Giles Clarke claims he has received more than 9,000 e-mails of support urging him to remain as chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board despite his role in the Stanford controversy.

Under-fire Clarke re-elected

Giles Clarke has been officially reappointed as chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board after his election was ratified today.

The Stanford Files: FBI’s first probe was 20 years ago

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