Dominic Cork: Taking on India in Bangalore is just the wake-up England need

Outside Off Stump: Most people will make England the long-odds second favourites on Sunday. Good. If they were playing minnows, a weight of expectation would be on them again

Graeme Swann plays down impact of spin on sub-Continent

Graeme Swann does not believe the hype that spin conquers all on the sub-Continent.

Police attack fans seeking Cricket World Cup tickets

Fans queueing to buy tickets for England's World Cup match against India have clashed with police outside the stadium in Bangalore.

High rate of cancer puts Parsis under microscope

Neville Wadia was only a child when his parents sat him down and told about the deadly disease that plagued his community.

Cricket World Cup final venue fails fire inspection

Mumbai cricket officials remain confident the Wankhede Stadium will stage the World Cup final despite news today the venue has yet to meet fire safety standards.

ICC encouraged by World Cup stadium progress

Eden Gardens should still be able to host three World Cup matches after an International Cricket Council inspection team was encouraged by progress at the ground.

Ponting fit enough to 'play tomorrow'

Ricky Ponting will be fit for the World Cup. The Australian captain, speaking at yesterday's Allan Border Ceremony in Melbourne, said he was confident he will have recovered sufficiently from a broken finger to be part of the Australian team when the competition begins in just under two weeks.

Wall collapse at World Cup venue is 'minor' incident say officials

A cricket official in charge of the MA Chidambaram stadium in Chennai has described yesterday's wall collapse at the World Cup venue as a "minor" incident.

England will face India in Bangalore

England's World Cup group match against the co-hosts India will now take place in Bangalore. The fixture, to be played on 27 February, had been scheduled to be hosted by Kolkata's Eden Gardens but the venue lost the match last week after an ICC inspection team decided it would not be ready in time.

World Cup in disarray as Eden Gardens deemed unfit

Venue for India v England and four other stadiums not ready for action despite the ICC's warnings

Investment Column: Pearson expands education sector empire

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Reduced Deccan deal for Pietersen in IPL

England batsman Kevin Pietersen has been signed by Indian Premier League franchise Deccan Chargers for a much-reduced fee of $650,000 (£418,000).

ipaidabribe.com – India's front line in the war on corruption

During the three decades that TR Raghunandan worked for the civil service in India, he saw for himself the devastating, corrosive impact of corruption. When he left, he decided he was going to try and stop it.

Tendulkar reaches landmark of 14,000 Test runs as India resist

Australia 478 India 128-2
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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

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Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

Paul Scholes column

I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

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Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game