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Two hundreds this week by England batsmen in the warm-up games before the Ashes series starts in Brisbane on 21 November. But they will soon be forgotten, whereas to score a Test century is to be remembered forever.

Leeds: Back on the right track

The doubters said Leeds would see only instant relegation from the Premiership. Chris Brereton meets former England flanker Neil Back, the streetwise coach who is working a minor miracle

Graeme Swann: 'I still come out in goose bumps when I think of the final Ashes wicket'

The People of 2009: In the first of our series on the movers, shakers and history-makers of the past year, Stephen Brenkley talks to Graeme Swann, who had the last word for England at The Oval in August

'I'm pushing for a place – I know I can make it swing' - Sidebottom

After taking five wickets at the weekend, Ryan Sidebottom tells Jon Culley why the tour of South Africa could restart his career – if he gets the chance to shine

Raj Singh Dungarpur: Controversial cricket administrator who championed the young Tendulkar

Raj Singh Dungarpur was the most influential and controversial president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). This prince of the erstwhile state of Dungarpur had the same reputation when he was the chairman of national selectors, and manager of the Indian team on the tours of England in 1982 and 1986 and Pakistan in 1984-85 and 2005-06: he had a special talent to make friends and foes.

Tommy Greenhough: Spin bowler who overcame injuries to play for Lancashire and England

Tommy Greenhough, who has died aged 77, was that rare jewel, a genuinely talented English leg-spin bowler who played first class cricket for Lancashire from 1951 until 1966. Successfully overcoming a series of debilitating injuries that would have ended the career of all but the most courageous, he went on to become the first Rochdale-born cricketer to play for England.

Andrew Strauss: 'You don't have to be mates, but as a team we stuck together'

Divisions in the squad, crushing lows, champagne moments... the Middlesex batsman has had a torrid reign as England captain. As his touring squad is announced today, he tells Robin Scott-Elliot why the biggest test is yet to come

Letters: Stick-thin models

Tell the truth to these poor anorexic clothes-hangers

Denly injury forces shake-up in training

Opener out of first one-day international after damaging his knee in squad kick-about

Denly injury prompts England re-think

England captain Andrew Strauss and the team management will look at whether they should continue to play football as part of their warm-up after batsman Joe Denly suffered an injury in a practice game today.

Flintoff admits he may not play cricket again

England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff has conceded he may never play cricket again.

Dom Joly: Why home gym didn't fix it for me

Weird World of Sport

Kieswetter shows unqualified skill


James Lawton: Broad must resist Flintoff's mistakes

As long as he plays cricket Stuart Broad may never find again the glory that came to him here yesterday.

ECB quiet over Flintoff surgery reports

The England and Wales Cricket Board have refused to comment on a report that Andrew Flintoff will undergo knee surgery upon the conclusion of the npower Ashes series.

James Lawton: One man shoulders hopes of halting Ponting's men

Many of his own countrymen believe Flintoff can wipe away the memory of Headingley
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Abuse - and the hell that came afterwards

Abuse - and the hell that follows

James Rhodes on the extraordinary legal battle to publish his memoir
Why we need a 'tranquility map' of England, according to campaigners

It's oh so quiet!

The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
'Timeless fashion': It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it

'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

Robert Fisk on the Fountainheads of World Evil in 2011 - and 2015
New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine