England in comfort zone in Essex Ashes warm-up mismatch

England's Ashes warm-up match lost its first-class status halfway through the third afternoon at Chelmsford to allow Boyd Rankin and Reece Topley to bolster Essex's injury-depleted attack.

Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott look dejected as India shine

Champions Trophy final: This is lowest point of my captaincy but we’ll build again, says Alastair Cook

England have 16 days to pick themselves up for the Ashes after Alastair Cook admitted their remarkable defeat by India in the Champions Trophy final was his worst moment as captain.

Jonathan Trott and Eoin Morgan of England celebrate hitting the winning runs as England secure a place in the final

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Lasith Malinga of Sri Lanka attempts to run out Stuart Broad

Champions Trophy: England v Sri Lanka halfway report

A late flurry from England ensured that, despite a slight middle order collapse, they batted themselves into a very strong position at the halfway stage of their Champions Trophy clash with Sri Lanka.

England v Australia: final report from Edgbaston

England opened their Champions Trophy campaign with a dominant 48-run victory over Australia on a day that saw James Anderson become his country's top one-day wicket-taker.

New Zealand's Martin Guptill is bowled out by James Tredwell

England v New Zealand 3rd ODI: Home side avoid whitewash with 34-run win

England put in a much-improved performance to beat New Zealand in the final game of their three-match series at Trent Bridge today.

England v New Zealand 1st ODI: England beaten comfortably by New Zealand

The hosts could only set a target of 227

England v New Zealand - Report from Day Three at Headingley

England may well have squandered the psychological edge they held over New Zealand, but they have played themselves into an incredibly strong position at the close of play on Day Three.

England v New Zealand second Test - Day Two report from Headingley

Joe Root’s maiden Test century was the highlight for England on an intriguing second day at Headingley.

Stuart Broad of England celebrates the wicket of Brendon McCullum of New Zealand

Stuart Broad's best burst sets up key England win but all is not yet rosy

England 232 & 213 New Zealand 207 & 68: Fast bowler takes seven wickets for 44 runs in Kiwi collapse, but home batting also failed to impress

James Lawton: 301 proves to be magic number for James Anderson

Jimmy Anderson brushed against history again when he took his 300th Test wicket but it was the one which followed that was most crucial to England’s embattled cause.

Bruce Martin of New Zealand celebrates the wicket of Nick Compton during day one of 1st Investec Test match between England and New Zealand

Slow progress for England on the first day of the first Test against New Zealand

The hosts end the day on 160 for 4

Middlesex 428-5 dec Warwickshire 267-5: Unlucky break for Evans adds to Warwickshire woes

The two things Warwickshire wanted to be spared in this match were a spanking and any more injuries. With the unsettled weather on their side, they may not suffer the former, even though they still need 12 to avoid the follow-on. Their list of wounded, however, has grown.

Chris Wright (second from left) and his Warwickshire teammates celebrate becoming County Champions last year

Graeme Welch: Happy that Bears bowlers can defend their crown

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