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

Baseball: It’s not just cricket - the video replay debate crosses the pond

ESPN America’s Michael Kim makes the case for more use of television replays in baseball.

My son has changed but will always be fiery, says Broad Snr

Chris Broad acknowledges that there has been a change in his son Stuart over the last year. "He's still fiery and passionate about the game, and I think and hope he will always be, but experience changes you and he knows what's really important," said Broad Snr, who as well as working as an international match referee is to succeed Sir Ian Botham as the president of the Professional Cricketers' Association next month.

India bowler Zaheer Khan ruled of second Test against England

India's hopes of levelling their four-match series against England suffered a blow today when it was confirmed key paceman Zaheer Khan will miss the Trent Bridge Test due to a hamstring injury.

Jonathan Trott and James Anderson rise in ICC rankings

Jonathan Trott and James Anderson have jumped to second place in the ICC's batting and bowling rankings following England's victory over India in the 2000th Test.

Queues match anticipation for final day at Lord's

Fans were advised not to travel to Lord's this morning if they were not already in the queue to get into the ground for the final day of the historic 2,000th Test.

Prior's defiant century leaves England in control

England 474-8 dec & 269-6 dec v India 286 & 80-1

Pietersen double ton puts England in control

England 474-8 dec, India 17-0

Hugh Grant and Jemima Khan hacking order by judge

Actor Hugh Grant and writer Jemima Khan must be shown police information which indicates that their telephone messages might have been intercepted by a private investigator working for the press, a High Court judge ruled today.

Quite frankly, Tendulkar is the biggest name the game has seen

Angus Fraser bowled at the Little Master when he scored his first century against England. He hopes to see him score his 100th at Lord's tomorrow

Garry who? Greatest-ever left out of World Test XI

To general astonishment and no little embarrassment, the all-time World Test XI was announced yesterday. Chosen after more than a quarter of a million votes were cast on the International Cricket Council's website to mark the 2,000th Test match, the most startling omission is Sir Garry Sobers, the greatest all-rounder in history.

Will Hawkes: Pakistan's exclusion from IPL gives domestic T20 a real shot in the arm

County Focus: The Pakistani players bring excitement and a much-needed hint of uncertainty to an English game that is still too often characterised by conservatism

Harbhajan reaches 400 Test wickets

Harbhajan Singh took his 400th Test wicket as India bowled the West Indies out for 204 on the second afternoon of the third Test at Windsor Park in Dominica.

Alexander Penny: Sachin Tendulkar’s last British hurrah

s one of the finest players to have ever graced the game, India’s Sachin Tendulkar looks to be making one final tour of duty to England when he arrives with the national side this summer.

Round-up: Northants undone by Craddock

This is becoming a season for red-letter debuts among Essex's crop of upcoming bowlers. After 17-year-old pace bowler Reece Topley's explosive introduction earlier in the summer, it was the turn of 21-year-old leg-spinner Tom Craddock yesterday.

ICC chief executives agree to mandatory use of review system

The International Cricket Council's Chief Executives' Committee has unanimously agreed to the mandatory use of a modified version of the Decision Review System in all Test matches and one-day internationals.

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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
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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
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
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Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness