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Alastair Cook executes a cut shot as AB De Villiers looks on

Buffet bowling is meat and drink for classy Cook

So much for the idea that fast bowling would dominate. Spectators arrived here expecting fireworks from Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel, but they were treated instead to the steady glow of an Alastair Cook hundred, his 20th in Tests.

Ravi Bopara: Batsman has
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Bopara is back, and this time it may be for good

Essex batsman can nail down the place Morgan and Bairstow could not quite make their own

the Essex batsman Ravi Bopara has every prospect of replacing Jonny Bairstow next week

Ravi Bopara back in the box seat for Test series

Bairstow is stood down from today's final ODI as Gooch praises rival batsman in his 'prime'

A lone St George's flag as heavy rain prevents any play on day one

Rain rescues Broad but ECB left to count the cost

Extra day of rest means Notts all-rounder likely to play, while it's full refunds for the Edgbaston crowd

Andrew Strauss still has the backing of his players, according to Graham Gooch

Graham Gooch offers up a staunch defence of the batsmen

Batting coach insists players are still 'best in England' and that Strauss has full backing

Information Commissioner confesses: Motorman case is too big for us to handle

Christopher Graham tells Leveson Inquiry that tackling case of private eye Whittamore is 'impractical'

Saeed Ajmal shows a notably quick arm action for a spinner

Ian Bell: I've got a few sessions lined up with Merlyn

View From The Middle: Dubai was a reminder to us all that we're going to have to work very hard to win Tests

Alastair Cook hits out on his way to yet another century for England yesterday

Don't panic over batters, says Gooch

England 269-9 dec Pakistan Cricket Board XI 23-0

Philip Hensher: Universities need cash – but not just anyone's

When an institution gains a gleaming new wing, we should ask what abasements have occurred

'Daddy' Gooch proud of protégé Cook as he savours English rise

The Oval is the place to be, it would appear, if you want to see a Test team hit rock bottom. England managed it 12 years ago when losing to New Zealand and, for a couple of hours yesterday, India's attack set a new low in terms of scraping the barrel.

Cook: 'This team wants to stay together and do something special'

The run machine is back in business. But, like England in general, Alastair Cook wants more success and to be part of a team that not only completes the journey to No 1 but also then achieves even greater things.

Reaction to England's Ashes triumph

England need to maintain their focus to ensure they emerge from the final Ashes Test in Sydney as series victors, Angus Fraser said today.

Flower: 'I was shaken. But it was more worrying for my family than me'

England coach happy to put focus back on Ashes after health scare during first Test

Mike Gatting: 'Luckily we had these two blokes... Gower and Botham'

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