Sport Stuart Broad takes over as captain for the T20s

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.

'Darren Bravo is a bit more powerful than I was at his age. He can hit spinners for six,' says Lara

Lara likes look of the 'latest Lara'

West Indies legend sees hope for the future, especially in Darren Bravo. But, he tells Stephen Brenkley, there should be a change in the batting order

Untimely Bopara setback opens door for Bairstow

England will almost certainly havea new batsman for the start of the international summer on Thursday. Both Jonathan Bairstow and James Taylor have sound reasons for expecting the invitation to become the country's 652nd Test player, with Bairstow perhaps the selectors' preferred option.

England's James Taylor takes off down the crease on his way to a century yesterday

Taylor fits the bill for England as Bopara is hit by injury scare

West Indies 147 & 27-3 England Lions 341

Kent seamer Matt Coles was hot Coles at the County Ground, picking up two wickets for England Lions as the West Indies were skittled

West Indies are fed to the Lions – and the main course awaits

West Indies 147 England Lions 40-1

Shivnarine Chanderpaul aggravated a left hand injury against Sussex yesterday

Shivnarine Chanderpaul injury is latest worry for Windies

For five minutes yesterday, before the rains came back, a dressing room held its collective breath. Shivnarine Chanderpaul, the world's No 1 batsman, on whose shoulders reside almost all West Indies' hopes for the Test series against England, summoned the team physiotherapist.

Dwayne Bravo, 28 - Trinidad & Tobago, right-handed middle-order batsman, medium-pace bowler

West Indians cannot resist Twenty20's pot of cash

Five leading players in Caribbean are plying trade in Indian Premier League so Test side will suffer

Darren Sammy's side appear to have a better spirit than recent West Indies touring teams

West Indies' band of brothers smile in the face of adversity

The 20th West Indies tour of England begins today in Hove. On the face of it, the team have about as much chance of winning the Test series, beginning in less than a fortnight, than the first squad here 84 years ago, which lost all three Test matches by an innings.

Chris Gayle has not featured for the West Indies since the World Cup

Gayle seeks return to West Indies fold

As the West Indies began their tour yesterday it was overshadowed by a familiar but absent figure – Chris Gayle, their former captain who has been in dispute with the West Indies Cricket Board for the past year and in truth for many seasons before that, declared his availability for the limited-overs series in England.

West Indian bowlers; Fidel Edwards, Kemar Roach and Shane Shillingford

Chaos and crisis in Caribbean

As they arrive for the Tests against England, West Indies are average on the field and a shambles off it. Stephen Brenkley reports

Ricky Ponting

Australia coach backs Ricky Ponting to play in Ashes

Australia coach Mickey Arthur wants Ricky Ponting to stay on until the next Ashes tour and has backed the former captain to overcome the shortage of Test cricket and hold his spot.

Australia's Michael Clarke (right) is hugged by team-mate Nathan Lyon after taking the wicket of tailender Ravi Rampaul for 11

Tail wags but Clarke takes five to wrap up series win for Australia

Australia 328 & 259 West Indies 218 & 294 (Australia win by 75 runs)

England eager to take out Asian winter frustration on West Indies

World-beating England plan to turn "timid" back into "lethal" as they take out the frustrations of their Asian winter on the West Indies.

Aussie wicketkeeper wades in with century

The wicketkeeper Matthew Wade scored his maiden Test century as Australia rallied to 328 all out at lunch on the second day of the third and final Test against West Indies in Dominica.

Australia make solid start

Australia reached 69 for 1 at lunch on the first day of the third Test against West Indies at Windsor Park in Dominica, after Michael Clarke won the toss and chose to bat.

Lyon savages West Indies

Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon took five wickets in the final session to end West Indies' fightback on day three of the second Test in Port of Spain.

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