Cricket: England's flash of good fortune

First Ashes Test: Australia 485 & 237-3 dec England 375 & 179- 6 Match drawn: Torrential rain rescues tourists to earn a draw from a contest that was swinging Australia's way

Cricket: England scrape one-run victory

Crawley shines as Gough comes to the rescue to make a winning start to Ashes tour

Cricket: Gruelling first steps across a great divide

Success in an Ashes series must be the ultimate high in cricket and to achieve it in Australia would be extremely sweet. Make no mistake, winning them is the biggest and most exciting challenge for any English player. I have always wanted to experience this tour and I was delighted to be picked.

Cricket: Survival of fittest awaits Ashes squad

ACCORDING TO the spin doctors of their tourist board, Australia is a pleasant country of barbecues, beaches and cuddly koalas. For the 17 members of England's cricket team announced this morning at Lord's the reality will be quite different and several months of hardship await, particularly if Shane Warne is fit enough to do some spinning of his own.

CRICKET: ECHO OF THE PAST: David Gower and Graham Thorpe

As the top left-handed batsmen of their generation in English cricket, they presumably have much in common?

Cricket: Brown and Russell state their case

Gloucestershire 266-7 Surrey 270-3 Surrey win by seven wickets

Cricket: Fleming still upbeat after close defeat

MATTHEW FLEMING tasted defeat for the first time as an England cricketer yesterday but still ended up feeling strangely fulfilled. Fleming, the all-rounder and former captain in the Royal Green Jackets, said his fifth one-day international cap confirmed to him what a good limited-overs team had been moulded around the captain, Adam Hollioake, last winter.

Cricket: England edged out in thrilling finish

England 266 West Indies 267-9 West Indies win by one wicket: Second one-day international: Williams and Hooper provide winning platform after tourists neutralise difficult early conditions

Cricket: Bad back forces Thorpe home

GRAHAM THORPE returned home from England's tour of the West Indies on Tuesday night with a back injury. Thorpe has been troubled by the injury since the Barbados Test match.

Cricket: Knight's century proves decisive

England 293-5; W Indies 277 England win by 16 runs

Cricket: Mark of class at end of a seven-year hitch

Andrew Caddick shares the unbounded joy of a team-mate finding fulfilment at last

Cricket: Batsmen can enjoy old-fashioned pitch

THIS is Kensington Oval as it used to be. This is a pitch that reminds old-timers of the days when the many great batsmen produced by this tiny island of Barbados used to feast themselves against bowlers from wherever they came.

Cricket: Magnificent Ramprakash saves the day

Bridgetown, Barbados: England 229-5 v West Indies

Cricket: The giant shadow of the tall guy

Andrew Longmore feels both sides are haunted by brooding figure of Ambrose

Cricket: Lara fires West Indies fightback

Fourth Test: Third-wicket pair repair early damage inflicted by Headley and Fraser to give home side the advantage
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
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Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

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Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

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Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
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Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee