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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

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

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

Chris Jordan appeals for an lbw decision during the first one-dayer against Australia

West Indies' loss as eager England bring Chris Jordan up to speed

'It would be quite special, probably a little weird to play against the Windies,' says fast bowler

Vernon Philander opted to block for the draw

South Africa booed after stalling in record run chase

South Africa passed up the opportunity to set a world-record fourth-innings run chase in an anticlimatic end to the thrilling first Test against India in Johannesburg on Sunday.

Who said it: Joseph Stalin or Oliver Cromwell?

Vladimir Putin has compared Joseph Stalin with 17th century Roundhead leader Oliver Cromwell, saying there was no difference between the two men.

Russian President Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin: Soviet leader Joseph Stalin was no worse than Oliver Cromwell

The Russian President made the comments at a press conference after he was asked about a monument to Stalin being put up in Moscow

Shane Shillingford suspended to remedy bowling style

West Indies spinner Shane Shillingford has been suspended by the International Cricket Council  (ICC) because of an illegal bowling action.

A young fan walks past a billboard paying tribute to Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar retirement: 'Little Master' leaves field in tears as he brings an end to a glittering career for India

His country record an innings victory in Tendulkar's 200th and final Test appearance

University students carve an image of Sachin Tendulkar in the sand in tribute to the retiring cricketer

Sachin Tendulkar retirement: The 'Little Master' out for 74, so has he missed his chance for a final century?

Tendulkar may not bat in the second innings as India pile on the runs meaning he could well have played his final innings where he was out for 74

Sachin Tendulkar walks off the pitch in Perth in January 2012

Sachin Tendulkar retirement: The 'Little Master' reaches 38 not-out on the first day of his final appearance for India

Tendulkar was given a guard of honour by the West Indies side and umpires as he walked to the crease in his final match before retirement

Sachin Tendulkar holds the record for one-day international caps and centuries

Sachin Tendulkar to retire from international cricket later this year after playing 200th Test for India

The multi-record holding batsman is to call time on his first class career at international level

David Willey sealed victory over Surrey with a hat-trick, having earlier scored 60 runs

'Nervous' Dad refuses to watch Willey heroics

His captain is tipping him to follow in his father's footsteps and forge an England career, but Northamptonshire's Twenty20 hero David Willey would not be surprised if dad Peter never turned up to see him play.

Darren Stevens is accused of failing to report a corrupt approach

Darren Stevens is charged in corruption inquiry

The Kent all-rounder Darren Stevens could face a five-year ban after being charged by the International Cricket Council (ICC) with failing to report a corrupt approach while playing in this year's Bangladesh Premier League (BPL2).

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