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There was, for the first time in his Test career and perhaps his life, a moment’s hesitation in Ben Stokes. He had come off the field after taking 6 for 99 in his fourth Test match and was asked if he relished the fray.

Andrew Strauss hits out

Spotlight is on Strauss with No 1 status in danger

England's final shot at redeeming an eminently forgettable winter starts tomorrow. The team that could hardly put a foot wrong for almost two years have spent the best part of three months barely putting one right, as if tumbling over in a three-legged race.

Andrew Strauss hits out

Spotlight on Strauss as No 1 status in danger

Bresnan and Finn set to come in with Panesar facing omission

The most exciting change in the England team is the elevation to opener of Kevin Pietersen

Buttler can open doors as England look to combat spin

Contrary to popular perception, England have managed to win one-day tournaments in Asia. There was the occasion in Pakistan immediately after the 1987 World Cup when they won 3-0 in a series which nobody cared about and nobody can quite explain why it took place.

Andrew Strauss trudges off after his dismissal in the crushing defeat to Pakistan in Dubai

Strauss: team need time to let dust settle

Those who are calling for immediate change in England's Test team may be disappointed. It is, of course, the convention to call for multiple sackings, a few axeings and a beheading or two when teams are defeated as comprehensively as England have been in the past month.

Sport on TV: It's hard-hitting stuff when Flintoff says he's all at sea

If ever there was a sportsman from the money-mad professional era who was guaranteed to put a smile on the face of the fans – or even the opposition – then it was Freddie Flintoff. Ebullient big-hitting, big-hearted fast bowling, smacking sixes for his father to catch in the crowd, even consoling Australia's Brett Lee at the moment of victory: this was how he will be remembered, playing as if he was still an amateur, even like the fans themselves would dream of performing.

The Hansom Cab has too much bar and too little restaurant

The Hansom Cab, 84 Earls Court Road, London, W8

The unique selling proposition about The Hansom Cab – an elegant Victorian boozer near Kensington High Street – is that it's been bought by Piers Morgan, the TV personality and former journalist. Mr Morgan is a curious figure: a chap who seems to revel in being disliked and to enjoy the popular consensus that he's a conceited git. By cunning and chutzpah, he has snagged himself a corner table at Planet Celebrity, advising Tony Blair, high-fiving Simon Cowell and making himself agreeable to the vice-presidents of CNN.

Dhoni backs Sehwag to keep jaded India on top of the world

There will be no more opportunities for India to show why they are the world's No 1 team. Lose the third Test which starts today and the ranking they have held for almost two years will be taken away.

Flintoff predicts England will dominate cricket

England great Andrew Flintoff believes the current Test side are better than the one he played in, and has tipped them to "dominate for a long time".

Robin Scott-Elliot: How Beefy used Operation BBQ to rescue English spirits

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Rajan's Wrong 'Un: Vettori bucks trend by playing a long game to extend career

On a crowded wall of the family home in which Renzo and Robyn Vettori raised their children, there is a newspaper front page from February 1997 announcing the selection for a Test against England of their son, with the screaming headline "But he's only 18!" A few of New Zealand's smarter hacks may have felt inclined to reprise that headline when Daniel Vettori last week announced that, for now, at least, he is quitting Twenty20 and one-day cricket: "But he's only 32!" I prefer to look at it another way. Vettori's decision to forgo the lucre and glitz of the shorter forms of the game is a rare and huge victory for left-arm spin, for Test cricket and for the reputation of the greatest cricketer New Zealand has ever produced.

Sport on TV: Freddie is hit-and-miss as he talks over the punchlines

It was five years ago that Andrew, sorry Freddie, Flintoff ran himself into the ground bowling 50 overs at the Sri Lankans. He was captain of England, he flogged himself almost to death and he was never the same again.

England must begin planning for next World Cup says Andrew Flintoff

Andrew Flintoff believes England need to decide this summer who their 2015 World Cup captain should be.

Muttiah Muralitharan: The finger snap, the big eyes, the bent arm: the one-off nears the end

Curtain could come down on Muralitharan's controversial yet brilliant one-day career today.

Andrew Flintoff returns to club cricket with Penwortham

Andrew Flintoff is on the verge of making a remarkable comeback after signing for Penwortham in Lancashire's Palace Shield.

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