Trott was hot but has 6-1 loss hurt global goal?

England's players were largely unmotivated for the one-day series. Stephen Brenkley asks how the defeat will affect their World Cup bid

England suffer Ajmal Shahzad injury blow

England's depleted bowling attack has been handed a further blow after Ajmal Shahzad was ruled out of the remainder of the one-day international series against Australia with a hamstring injury.

Broad offers a shred of hope for World Cup

Disaster for England at the Cricket World Cup has become a convention. They invariably roll up at the competition with issues of form, fitness and fatigue, which is usually soon followed by another F-word as they leave early with tails between their legs.

Tired, timid and trounced again: England's Ashes heroes fade fast

England 214 Australia 215-6

Prior's blazing Ashes show earns him a path out of the bush

England have plucked Test wicketkeeper from Victoria T20 side on a hunch he'll shine as World Cup opener

Collingwood set for final chance to rule world

Lack of bowling options push England to pick out-of-form batsman in Cup squad

I only did what comes naturally, says Woakes

Warwickshire man's Twenty20 heroics at Adelaide suggest he has what it takes to join England's growing fast bowling battalion

Diary: Diane's appetite for losing

While former future Labour leader Miliband (D) seems destined to grace a television screen near you in the not-too-distant future, I'm glad to note that his fellow leadership loser Diane Abbott – apparently still the honourable member for Hackney North and Stoke Newington – has also lost none of her appetite for the spotlight.

The view from Down Under turned on its head

An Australian journalist confidently predicted disaster for England

£6 a pint for Barmy Army - but who's worrying?

England cricket supporters have been severely hit in the pocket following their team around Australia - not that they were caring about that after wrapping up the historic series victory in Sydney.

England set sights on becoming world's best

Paul Collingwood today backed England to become the world’s best Test team without him after announcing he would retire from the longest form of the game at the end of this Ashes series.

Strauss pulls out all the stops in pursuit of series-clinching win

Australia 280 England 167-3: Captain goes on the offensive while Cook eclipses Vaughan's run feast of 2002-03

Lunch Report: England leave fragile Australia reeling with fierce early blows

England squeezed Australia until their pips squeaked on the second morning of the final Test. With deadeye dick bowling and alert, athletic fielding, which has served them so well throughout the entire series, they scythed their way through their opponents' first innings.

WicketLeaks: What really happens on a cricket tour?

A strict code of silence surrounds any of the shadier goings-on during a cricket tour. But a whiff of scandal could be just what the game needs, argues Stan Hey

Two die in hot air balloon crash

Two men died when a hot air balloon attempting a high-altitude flight went out of control and crashed in Somerset yesterday.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

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