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Afghanistan considers that Pakistan holds significant influence over Taliban, who are believed to launch attacks from bases in the country

James Lawton: Dhoni belatedly comes to the party but Sehwag 'the saviour' fails to perform

India were all out for 224 after their captain had hit 77 runs off 96 balls and smashed three sixes to deflect charges their title defence had come perilously close to fraud

We should make a big score on this track, says bullish Bresnan

Tim Bresnan believes the pitch here is good enough for England's batsmen to build a substantial first-innings lead despite India mustering only 224 after being put in by Andrew Strauss.

Ashes winners lead nominations for ICC Cricketer of the Year

Eight of England's Ashes winners have been nominated for the ICC's Cricketer of the Year award after the long list of candidates was announced yesterday. Captain Andrew Strauss heads the list after securing England's historic first Test series success in Australia in 24 years last winter.

Hungry Yorkshireman proves he has appetite to make it nine from nine

The big question in Tim Bresnan's early career was whether he had the hunger to reach the top. The penny has dropped, as his physique shows

Strauss: this game can show not everything in the country is bad

England intend to use the third Test match to put a smile back on the country's face. If they defeat India to go 3-0 ahead in the series, they will lend official status to the unofficial billing they have had for some while as the best team in the world but Andrew Strauss, their captain, yesterday saw a much broader appeal.

India do little to dispel feeling of growing crisis

India 352-9 Northamptonshire 355-7 Match drawn (Northamptonshire won on first innings)

Album: The London Quartet (Cantabile) Songs Of Cricket (Signum Classics)

This anthology of cricket-themed material is a mixed bag.

Flintoff predicts England will dominate cricket

England great Andrew Flintoff believes the current Test side are better than the one he played in, and has tipped them to "dominate for a long time".

Harbhajan Singh set to miss third test

Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh appears set to miss next week's third npower Test at Edgbaston against England, as India's injury troubles continue to mount.

Bresnan's brio with bat and ball completes England rout

England 221 & 544 India 288 & 158 (England win by 319 runs)

How the fourth (and final) day unfolded

11.04: Wicket 458 for 7

Round-up: Lancashire collapse to Carter on his belated start to season

Neil Carter showed what Warwickshire had been missing during his absence with a pelvic injury by taking a wicket with his first ball of the season in Championship cricket and ending with a career-best 6 for 30 as Lancashire were out for 189 in the clash of title contenders at Liverpool.

Amol Rajan: Bowlers need help to make batting heavy work

Rajan’s Wrong ’Un

Duo dig England out of hole

England 221 India 24-1
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