Mark Steel: Ashes series are such an awful addiction my family have learnt coping methods

My Ashes: During that 1982 match that England won by three runs I was living in a filthy squat. We huddled around the radio amid the mould

Ian Bell impresses for England

Ian Bell once again repaid the faith of England's selectors with a deeply impressive hundred against Australia A at the Bellerive Oval today.

Gooch: We're not here for the beer or beaches... just the Ashes

For Graham Gooch it all started in the Ashes 35 years ago. He went out at Edgbaston as the rough-round-the-edges kid who had been blazing a trail down Essex way and made a pair. And now here he is as England's batting coach on this tour.

Golden boy is back with a display of all-round brilliance

Broad stakes claim to move back up order for Ashes this winter

Broad gets his name on Lord's board and puts one over on dad

Stuart Broad last night had 101 good reasons to celebrate his maiden Test century at the home of cricket – a hundred chanceless runs plus one entry on the batting honours board which his father, Chris, will now view with a lot of pride and a little bit of envy.

Adebayor: 'I know what I want now – it can make me a bit awkward'

Near-death experience has left Adebayor with sense of perspective about struggle to find favour at City

Pietersen's slump in form begins to worry England as thoughts turn to Ashes

In the days when Kevin Pietersen was on top of the world, there was mild concern about a tendency to recklessness. How gratifying it would be to revisit that particular worry.

Sporting Heroes of Essex and East London 1960-2000, by Dr Phil Stevens

Despite the narrow focus suggested by the title, by placing two of England's titans of the period – Bobby Moore and Graham Gooch – at the book's core, Phil Stevens has broadened its appeal.

Centurion Cook hails Gooch's influence

As one opening batsman from Essex took a significant step towards international rehabilitation yesterday, he paid handsome tribute to one of his most illustrious predecessors. Alastair Cook made his 10th Test hundred for England and he made it clear that he might not have done so without the guidance of Graham Gooch, a player who scored twice as many.

Pietersen seeks home comfort for inspiration

England hope family and familiar environment will help batsman find form

Business Diary: Aeroflot skates on thin ice to build brand

Aeroflot has spent the past few years trying to improve its image, and hopes its latest move will help to complete the process. It has signed up as sponsor of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. And before you scoff, you might like to reflect on the fact that the semi-privatised airline is now close to being the most profitable such company in the world.

Essex boys' country stroll runs West Indies ragged

England 302-2 v West Indies

Australians revel in England cricket debacle

The Australian press have reacted with glee to the latest turmoil in English cricket - just six months ahead of this summer's Ashes series.

Cricket, Lovely Cricket?, by Lawrence Booth

Howzat! An enthusiast's guide to the highs and lows of being a cricket fan

Hick the run machine calls time on career

An era in English cricket ended yesterday when Graeme Hick, the most prolific run scorer of the past 25 years, announced that he will retire at the end of this season.

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Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

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Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
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The Downton Abbey effect

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