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

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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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