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.

Sidebottom makes pitch for a new contract

Nottinghamshire 328 Warwickshire 121 &amp; 152<i> (Notts win by an innings and 55 runs)</i>

Class of 2004 had better balance but this England team can achieve more

Strauss's charges are a work in progress with dreams of becoming the finished article

Australia keep on winning but have lost that magic touch

Ponting's team are upbeat ahead of Pakistan Test but, with one eye on the Ashes, England can also afford a smile

Warne backs Swann to shine in the Ashes

Australia legend Shane Warne ranks England 's Graeme Swann as the world's most improved cricketer and believes he has the ability to spin his side to a famous Ashes victory this winter.

Kartik's spin sends Bears stumbling to abject defeat

Somerset 268 & 183 Warwickshire 140 & 130 (Somerset win by 181 runs)

Steyn leads way as India are routed

South Africa 558-6 dec India 233 & 319 <i>(SA won by an innings and 6 runs)</i>

Broad the key to balance for England

The balance of England's team for tomorrow's first Test has long been a vexed question - and Stuart Broad is a pivotal figure in the selectors' deliberations.

Yet another failure from Bopara and it may be six and out

Selectors' loyalty and lack of batting options mean drop down the order is more likely than the chop

Bell the centurion keeps himself in shop window

Warwickshire 403-8 Lancashire 317

Toothless attack needs rejuvenated Harmison

No doubt about the England bowler who has made the biggest strides during this summer's first Ashes Test. Take a bow Steve Harmison and start thinking about the possibility of a long drive south to London.

Harmison falls off pace near the end of long run

In St Kitts at the start of England's tour, Stephen Harmison voiced his worst fear. "The odd doubt does come into your mind," he said. "But hopefully it's just that wicket and not me getting old."

ECB debate role of Test cricket

The England and Wales Cricket Board have begun considering the proposals for the future of Test match cricket following a summit meeting between influential figures in the game.

Swann fits the bill so Monty must go down pecking order

There are occasions when somebody simply looks the right fit for big-time sport. This is nothing to do with outstanding talent, though that always helps, but involves conviction, knowledge, wisdom, intelligence and the certainty that because of all those qualities you have learned your craft.

Players will not be 'forced' back to India, insists Miller

Critical security report due today but chief selector only wants really focused players
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Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
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Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
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How books can defeat Isis

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Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

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The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
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