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England suffered yet another defeat in the opening Twenty20 match against Australia and need to win the remaining two if they are to take the series

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Cruise Report: Christmas cheer on a Caribbean cruise

Christmas is just over six weeks away. And if the prospect of turkey followed by more turkey, darkness before teatime, and all those sitcom specials on television makes your heart sink, then it isn't too late to plan your escape. Book a cruise now and, rather than peeling sprouts on Christmas morning, you could have a leisurely breakfast in the sunshine and then do only what you want to all day long.

Sugar in the Blood: A Family's Story of Slavery and Empire, By Andrea Stuart

Both family memoir and colonial history, this scrupulous and sensitive Caribbean journey tells a story that we all share.

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England wicketkeeper Matt Prior passed fit for third Test against West Indies

Matt Prior has been passed fit to keep wicket for England in the third Test against West Indies at Edgbaston today.

Davies called up as Prior cover

Steve Davies, the Surrey wicketkeeper, may make his Test debut today after being called up by England last night. Matt Prior, who has played 39 successive Tests, has an eye infection and Davies was summoned as cover from his county's match against Sussex.

City of lights: the dazzling shops and restaurants in Tokyo's Shinjuku district

My life in travel: Chris Hollins, BBC sports presenter and journalist

'I tasted the freshest, most wonderful clams ever in Emilia-Romagna'

Caretaker manager Roberto Di Matteo gets to enjoy the high life after Chelsea’s FA Cup victory

Gus Poyet backs Roberto Di Matteo to land Chelsea job

Gus Poyet has urged Roman Abramovich to hand Roberto Di Matteo the Chelsea job full time, dubbing the decision a complete no-brainer.

Get me out of here: Austria, Barbados, Las Vegas

Now: Lap up lakeside views and mountainous scenery in Austria this summer. Thomson has a week's stay at the Strandhotel Margaretha, on Lake Wolfgang, for £485pp, including flights from Gatwick to Salzburg on 9 June and transfers. (thomsonlakes.co.uk).

Pierre White says: 'I love the simplicity and quality of ingredients in countries like Spain and Italy. Food always takes up a very large part of my holiday'

My Life In Travel: Marco Pierre White, chef, restaurateur and television presenter

'I tend to go to a lot of places by myself'

Runako Morton was alone in the car

West Indies cricketer killed in car crash

The West Indies Cricket Board today sent their condolences to the family of batsman Runako Morton, who has been killed in a car accident.

Robin Scott-Elliot: How Tony Greig tempted fate, and drew the fire and fury of the West Indies

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Jamaican PM Portia Simpson Miller: ‘It’s time for us to sever ties’

Mission imperial: Prince Harry flies into Jamaica and a row over republicanism

It may be his first solo mission overseas on behalf of his grandmother but for the people of Jamaica there is only one question surrounding the visit of Prince Harry next week: where will he party?

Wladimir Klitschko who will be aiming for his 50th career knockout

Boxing: Klitschko faces small problem

Wladimir Klitschko will be aiming for his 50th career knockout when he defends his world heavyweight titles against French challenger Jean-Marc Mormeck tonight.

Album: Andrew Bird, Break It Yourself (Bella Union)

Andrew Bird's characteristic lyrical blend of vagueness and verbosity is slightly reined in on Break It Yourself, though he juggles lightness and opacity as deftly as ever in songs like "Lazy Projector" and "Danse Carribe".

Top gun: Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes in 'The Walking Dead'

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Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
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These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
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