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.

Brian Viner: Will Gayle honour the house that England built?

My 6ft 6in colleague Angus Fraser and his 6ft 5in counterpart on The Daily Telegraph, Derek Pringle, dropped in – in more ways than one, since, to the wonderment of our children, they both had to duck to get into our kitchen – for an early supper on Thursday.

England's next Test: Exit stage right for Vaughan as a player?

Chances of recall are remote as effect on new dressing room must be considered

Miller asks Vaughan to explain 'confused' comment

National selector Geoff Miller has sought an explanation from captain Michael Vaughan following his comments about team selection for the second Test against South Africa.

South Africans 359-5 dec Middlesex 311-5: South Africa firing on all cylinders for Lord's Test

England beware: South Africa are fit, strong and primed for Michael Vaughan's side in the first Test at Lord's. For the Proteas, 11am on Thursday cannot come round quickly enough. Mickey Arthur, the South Africa coach, wishes the Test was scheduled for tomorrow, so keen are he and his side to show the cricketing world what they have to offer.

Ian Bell: I must move on and not see myself as a youngster anymore

The management at county and national level have challenged me to push my career forward

Team-by-team guide: Division Two

Bears look for instant return as Derbyshire seek to avoid wooden spoon

England will stay on toes if allowed a comfort zone

England were rewarded for their bravery in Wellington. The dropping of the wayward Stephen Harmison was inevitable, but ditching Matthew Hoggard too? Very few expected England's selectors to wield such a sharp blade. Dispensing with a pair of bowlers who have a combined tally of 460 Test wickets takes nerve. When the selectors get it wrong they take it in the neck: on this occasion they should be congratulated.

Strauss needs a total revival

What do England do with Andrew Strauss now? Even his most ardent fan would have to admit that his second-innings 44 at the Basin Reserve was far from convincing.

Pick of the selectors: Miller accepts new England role amid deafening silence

Former Test player is qualified but scope of 'national selector' remains cloudy

Graveney passed over as Miller steps into selector's role

David Graveney yesterday became the first, and so far only, victim of the Schofield Report, when he was overlooked for the job of national selector in favour of his deputy, Geoff Miller.

At last, an exit strategy for the PM: can he really be eyeing UN's top job?

Call it the ultimate exit strategy. A $400,000 (£215,000) salary plus expenses, a rent-free townhouse on Manhattan's East river instead of a mortgage in Bayswater, and freedom from those troublesome backbenchers. Add world travel and loads of goody bags for Cherie, and Tony Blair could well be tempted by the job of UN secretary general, which just happens to fall vacant at the end of this year.

Blair wants overhaul of UN to meet 21st-century challenges

Tony Blair set out a sweeping blueprint yesterday for a new international order, built around an overhauled United Nations, an enlarged G8, and a multilateral system for the supply of enriched uranium for peaceful nuclear energy.

Bolloré proposes Aegis-Havas deal

Vincent Bolloré, the French corporate raider, has made a proposal to the board of Aegis to merge the media group with the rival Havas business that he chairs, it emerged yesterday.

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