Nick Compton, of England, walks off the field after being bowled by Tim Southee, of New Zealand

New Zealand v England first Test: Awful collapse puts Nick Compton in peril

England opener’s duck in first Test has left his Ashes spot in doubt – unlike a certain KP

Graeme Swann is having surgery on his elbow to remove floating bone fragments

Will Graeme Swann ever play for England again?

These are harrowing times for Graeme Swann. He officially left the England team today, his tour of New Zealand cut short by a chronic elbow injury which worsened dramatically almost overnight. There is no certainty that he will return.

Alastair Cook during a nets session at the University Oval in Dunedin

Alastair Cook admits England's two-coach system has been 'challenge' for all

Opening batsman forced to please Andy Flower and Ashley Giles while developing as a captain

Graeme Swann of England with captain Alastair Cook

Graeme Swann fears elbow problem could rule him out of Ashes

England spinner does not want to miss out

Ian Bell urged cricket to follow other sports' lead on testing

Ian Bell: We must wage war on drugs

England batsman backs introduction of tests on hair samples to detect use of recreational substances

Ricky Ponting will play for Surrey during June and July

What a coup! Ricky Ponting signs to play for Surrey

The former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has signed a short-term deal to play for Surrey in a significant coup for the county.

Matt Prior

England can 'bully' Australia during the Ashes, says Matt Prior

England have dominated in recent years

It is possible that Graham Onions will be left out

England rest their rotation policy to protect Tests

Squad for the Test series against New Zealand is announced today

Alastair Cook (10/10): After his 776-run Ashes series in 2010-11, Cook said he could never hope to match it. He just did. As embryonic captain and remarkable batsman, he was outstanding. This is his team now. Matches 4. Innings 8. Runs (ave.) 562 (80.28). HS 190. 100s 3. 50s 0

How England rated in India: Stephen Brenkley's tour squad verdict

Alastair Cook: 10/10

Ricky Ponting led Australia to 48 wins in 77 Tests as captain

Kevin Garside: Everyman Ponting bows out as legend of Australian grit

You need a rope and crampons to scale the stats mountain he compiled

England were yesterday looking for a new shirt sponsor after Brit Insurance said it would not renew the contract when it expires in 2014

England lose £18m shirt sponsor Brit Insurance

England were yesterday looking for a new shirt sponsor after Brit Insurance said it would not renew the contract when it expires in 2014.

Stuart Broad optimistic about Kevin Pietersen peace talks

England paceman Stuart Broad is optimistic a meeting between Kevin Pietersen and his international team-mates will finally bring an end to the saga which has dogged the side recently.

James Taylor looks on during a nets session at Headingley

Taylor the latest to fill problem role as England expect No 6 of the best

Debutant comes in with captain Strauss hailing 'proper batter who can play really long innings'

It may be a good time to ask either Jimmy Anderson or Stuart Broad (pictured) to step down for Steve Finn or Graham Onions

England ponder chance to rotate fast bowlers

With the series won, the selectors must decide whether it is worth resting Broad or Anderson

Ian Bell emerges from the Trent Bridge dressing room
after being reinstated against India last year

Ian Bell: Forget good-looking shots, I want to be known as a tough operator

There are few better feelings in cricket than scoring runs under pressure to help your team win a game. I managed it at Lord's and I'd like to be able to do the same in the second Test against West Indies, starting today at Trent Bridge, where I was involved in one of the most bizarre incidents to take place on a cricket field in recent times.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
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Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

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The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

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No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

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Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

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Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee