Untimely Bopara setback opens door for Bairstow

England will almost certainly havea new batsman for the start of the international summer on Thursday. Both Jonathan Bairstow and James Taylor have sound reasons for expecting the invitation to become the country's 652nd Test player, with Bairstow perhaps the selectors' preferred option.

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Phil Mustard says Durham should be reaching T20 finals day

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Lovely finish but bigger Tests await

The first part of England's cricketing winter went into meltdown with a 3-0 hammering by Pakistan, but the green shoots of springtime recovery arrived just in time yesterday when victory over Sri Lanka earned them a drawn series.

Switch hit causes sparks but Pietersen pyrotechnics light up day

Sri Lanka 275 & 4-0 England 460: England victory in sight after masterful ton

Trott walks after his dismissal for 112

England beaten by Sri Lanka despite Jonathan Trott century

England's miserable start to 2012 continued as they lost the first Test to Sri Lanka by 75 runs in Galle.

Ravi Bopara will not bowl in the series

Ravi Bopara 'unlikely to bowl during Test series'

England have been dealt a blow ahead of the Test series against Sri Lanka, with all-rounder Ravi Bopara suffering a side injury that is expected to prevent him from bowling.

Failing bats a bigger issue than lizards

Sri Lanka XI 431-6 dec & 44-1 England 272-4 dec

Stuart Broad and Steven Finn pictured in Colombo

England toil as Stuart Broad returns

England suffered at the hands of centurion Chamara Silva on day one of their final pre-Test warm-up against a Sri Lankan Development XI.

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Afghan women look to emulate meteoric rise of the men's team

Being a woman in Afghanistan is not easy, being a woman in Afghanistan who wants to play cricket only ups the difficulty level. “Women,” says Diana Barakzai, “are victims of unacceptable rules that prevented them leaving the house.”

David Warner, of Australia, celebrates reaching his century against Sri Lanka in Brisbane

Warner gives Australia lead despite Sri Lanka's late flurry

David Warner smacked a swashbuckling 163 before Australia weathered a fierce fightback to secure a 15-run win over Sri Lanka in the first final of the one-day Tri-Series in Brisbane yesterday.

Jenny Gunn: The bowler took two wickets in helping England win the first one-day international in New Zealand

Gunn faces new inquiry into her bowling action

England seam bowler Jenny Gunn has been reported to the International Cricket Council (ICC) on account of her bowling action in the first one-day international against New Zealand.

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