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Michael Clarke weighs in on phoney Ashes war

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England captain Alastair Cook scored his 25th Test century on the fourth morning against New Zealand at Headingley.

Alastair Cook prepares to sweep watched by wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum

Alastair Cook eases to 25th Test century on the fourth morning against New Zealand

England captain Alastair Cook scored his 25th Test century on the fourth morning against New Zealand at Headingley.

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England v New Zealand second Test - Day Two report from Headingley

Joe Root’s maiden Test century was the highlight for England on an intriguing second day at Headingley.

England captain Alastair Cook speaks with groundsman as rain delays play on day one of 2nd Investec Test match between England and New Zealand at Headingley

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Lydon switches from his role as head of rugby at the Welsh Rugby Union

Alastair Cook feared England’s lead was insufficient

England v New Zealand: Hard work on beating left-handers should keep paying dividends

A day that began with victory a possibility for both sides ended up being as short as it was Broad's.

Live: England vs New Zealand

Click the link below to read yesterday's live over-by-over report. Or check back throughout the day for updates from today's play.

Cutting edge: Joe Root slashes the ball through the off side to the dismay of wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum at Lord’s

England v New Zealand (First Test, day three) report: Joe Root grows in stature to sow seeds of revival

England 232 & 180-6 v New Zealand 207: Yorkshire batsman brings England back into the first Test with gutsy innings but late flurry of wickets also offers Kiwis hope of victory, writes Stephen Brenkley at Lord’s

James Lawton: 301 proves to be magic number for James Anderson

Jimmy Anderson brushed against history again when he took his 300th Test wicket but it was the one which followed that was most crucial to England’s embattled cause.

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Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
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