England on top as Indians fail to last the pace

Dravid succeeds where Tendulkar fails by scoring century as home bowlers dominate despite close fielders dropping catches, writes Stephen Brenkley at Lord's

Little Master shows touches of genius before falling short

Tendulkar's failure to get 100th international century with a maiden ton at Lord's is met with mixed feelings by crowd wanting to see him make history

New Zealand appoint Australian Wright as new bowling coach

New Zealand yesterday appointed Australian Damien Wright as their new bowling coach on a two-year deal.

India's chances looking limp as wily Zaheer hobbles off

England 127-2 v India: Paceman takes two early wickets but Trott steadies England with characteristic grit

Swann wants home help to assist the 'world's best bowling attack'

In the manual of phoney-war declarations, it was hopelessly tame. Old-time practitioners would have considered it a slur on their bad name to trot it out in public.

Bob Willis: 'My career was hanging by a thread. That's motivation'

Bob Willis went to Botham's barbecue on the rest day at Headingley in 1981 convinced he would never play for England again. Then he produced one of Test history's greatest spells

Century from Compton keeps Notts trapped in mid-table

Nottinghamshire 492 & 41-2 Somerset 386 & 426 (Match drawn)

Shine comes off dropped Broad amid England's bowling riches

England 268-9 Sri Lanka 252: Despite Flower assurances about his future, the paceman's Test place is under threat

The strange case of Stuart Broad and the forgotten art

Angry and suddenly wicketless, the strain is showing for England's former golden boy. So what has gone wrong?

England ignoring criticism says Graeme Swann

Spinner Graeme Swann insists England are taking little notice of the criticism that has come their way during the one-day series against Sri Lanka.

Broad bends his back but wickets remain elusive for England's faulty fast man

England have a Test series to put to bed – or maybe to consign to a watery grave – before they can afford to let their thoughts wander. But for Stuart Broad, half a dozen limited-overs matches against Sri Lanka probably cannot come quickly enough.

Bowlers miss 'captain' Anderson as young attack struggles for rhythm

Andrew Strauss has not been asked yet whether he believes Sri Lanka's spirited fightback over the last few days is good for cricket, but it is reasonable to assume his response will be along the lines of that uttered by a Middlesex and England predecessor when facing a similar line of inquiry.

England intent on repeating the ruthlessness of Cardiff victory

The ambition of Andrew Strauss's men to be No 1 is backed by a knack for exposing rivals' frailties

Home truths: 'Squatting is the perfect example of the Big Society'

They have a reputation for occupying multimillion-pound pads and dragging down the value of neighbourhoods. But could squatters actually provide the bedrock for the Government's Big Idea – even as the Justice Secretary tries to stamp them out?

Twirlymen, by Amol Rajan

The resurgence of spin bowling in the past couple of decades has been a joy to behold, and in Amol Rajan the twirlers have found a historian worthy of their deceptive art.

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