Alex Hales takes a catch during the first Twenty20 match against Australia, which England lost by 13 runs

Alex Hales: We are making fresh start for World T20

The 25-year-old has impressed Down Under over the past months in the Big Bash league with the Adelaide Strikers

Stuart Broad takes over as captain for the T20s

Stuart Broad: England 'hungry' to salvage pride ahead of three-match Twenty20 series

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.

Kevin Pietersen can either wait for the IPL auction next month or play county cricket in England

ODI series: Ashley Giles insists Kevin Pietersen is in his future plans as is anyone who 'can bring that tempo and win games'

Giles feels that England cannot overlook someone of Pietersen's ability given their failure to capitalise on winning positions in Australia

James Faulkner could miss the three-match Twenty20 series with England after suffering a knee injury

Twenty20 series: James Faulkner could miss out for Australia after suffering knee injury in ODI series

The all-rounder flew to Melbourne to have the injury assessed after picking up the knock in the final One-Day International on Sunday

Alastair Cook will not play in the fourth ODI

ODI series: England limited overs coach Ashley Giles insists Alastair Cook remains in his plans despite West Indies absence

Giles stresses that the Tour of the West Indies will be used to prepare for the upcoming World Twenty20 with Stuart Broad likely to captain the side

Jos Buttler hit a rapid-fire 71 off 43 balls

ODI series: About time! Ben Stokes gives England the elusive tas te of vic tory against Australia

A rapid-fire 71 from Jos Buttler helps England to record a 57-run victory any finally earn relief as they avoid equalling their worst ever run of defeats

Steven Finn has returned to the UK from England's Tour of Australia

Steven Finn: The headbanging in the nets had to stop

Finn feels he will come out of drop in form to appreciate the sport more

Bangladesh unrest casts doubt over safety of World T20

Cricket security officials will gather in Bangladesh later this week to decide whether it is safe to stage the World Twenty20 there. They may decide on a last-ditch switch to another country, possibly Sri Lanka, if there are enough concerns that it will be dangerous to run a tournament in the cities of Dhaka and Chittagong, where there has been severe civil unrest recently.

Kevin Pietersen is adamant he wishes to 'continue playing for my country'

England coach Ashley Giles has plans for 'million pound asset' Kevin Pietersen ahead of ICC World Twenty20 tournament

Pietersen's Test future remains in doubt but Giles makes it clear that he does figure in England's limited overs plans

The lost girls: Main conclusions of The Independent's study

There is strong evidence that the overall gender ratio is significantly different from the background ratio in the case of UK parents born in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Nearly one in ten children under the age of five in England and Wales is a Muslim, according to a study into the census figures

One in ten children under five in England and Wales is from a Muslim family, census figures show

Highlighting the impact of birth rate, Muslims do however make up less than 5 per cent of the total UK population, according to figures from the 2011 census

Number of smokers draws close to one billion

Substantial population growth is blamed for the increasing number of smokers

Police officers outside a polling station during the 2011 Alternative Vote national referendum

Call for police to guard polling stations and voters to carry ID cards in areas at risk of vote-rigging

Elections watchdog raises concerns about voter impersonation in Birmingham, the London borough of Tower Hamlets and 14 other areas where there appears to be a higher risk of electoral fraud

A clash between police and protesters after a crowd attacked polling booths in Bogra in the north

Bangladesh: Ruling Awami League wins election marred by boycott and violence

Chaos surrounding poll plunges nation deeper into turmoil and could lead to more violence in the deeply impoverished country of 160 million

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

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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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Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
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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

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
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Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
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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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Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
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Design Council's 70th anniversary

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Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
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Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
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George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
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Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links