Cricket: Beyond the Boundary: No sooner had India found a bowler than they lost a batsman

The Texaco Trophy series which ended on Monday afternoon was unusually gripping. With England des- perate to recover their self-respect, it had an importance that eludes the average biff-bang contest. And, as it turned out, there was not much biff and even less bang.

Pitfalls of pinch-hitting

The Sri Lankans showed in the World Cup that on the slow sub-continental pitches pinch-hitting is a legitimate and highly successful tactic. On an Oval pitch with early moisture it is a hazardous pursuit.

Lewis on the rampage for new England

England 291-8 v India 96-5

Thorpe struck painful blow

The Surrey and England batsman Graham Thorpe was taken to hospital for a precautionary X-ray after being struck just above the right elbow by a rising delivery from Somerset's Andre van Troost at Taunton yesterday.

Thorpe's sights on 21st century

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Cricket: England seek a new mood

Curtain rises on the season with an unlikely call for fresh spirit after World Cup campaign that ended in humiliation; Simon O'Hagan studies moves to fulfil unrealised talent in the game

England stumble on the starting line

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Master of the short game

while Atherton leans on the specialist skills of a batsman whose ambition on the wider stage has yet to be fulfilled; Robert Winder studies the talents of a Lancashire player still keen to pass the test

Why we should swear by the referee

IF LIFE was but a game and God the referee, the sound of the whistle would reverberate around the world continuously. He would need a sin-bin as big as France and miscreants would trudge there from all corners of the globe and do so without protest because He doesn't miss a thing. Appeals and personal hearings . . . forget them. It would be easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a piece of video evidence to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

Atherton blames batsmen

reports from Port Elizabeth South Africa 218-9 England 154 (South Africa win by 64 runs)

Hick strikes to light up England

Cricket: ONE-DAY INTERNATIONAL: South Africa prevented from exploiting quick start

Cronje mars S Africa's triumph

FIFTH TEST: England surrender the series as their batting falls apart amid umpiring controversy at Newlands

The umpire's decision is no longer final

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