Sport England opener Alex Hales takes a catch during the first Twenty20 match against Australia

England suffered yet another defeat in the opening Twenty20 match against Australia and need to win the remaining two if they are to take the series

Jos Buttler of the Renegades bats during the Big Bash League match between the Melbourne Renegades and Brisbane Heat on 30 December 2013

ECB attempts to learn from Big Bash’s knockout appeal

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Kevin Pietersen is awaiting confirmation that he will be retained by the Delhi Daredevils for this year's IPL

Kevin Pietersen: England batsman dumped by IPL side Delhi Daredevils throwing his future even further into doubt

Daredevils have announced that they will not be retaining any of their players from last season

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David Willey does it all with bat and ball as Northants beat Surrey to take T20 title

Fast bowler takes hat-trick to add to pinch-hitting heroics as county dust off trophy cabinet

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Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting to retire from cricket, making shock Ashes return even more unlikely

38-year-old will retire from all forms of the game in October once his contracts with Surrey and Mumbai Indians has expired

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Australian batsman David Warner suspended for 'unprovoked physical attack' on England's Joe Root in Birmingham bar The Walkabout

The incident occurred in a nightclub after Australia's defeat to England in the Champions Trophy

Today at the Champions Trophy: West Indies must capitalise on India’s bowling weakness

Both India and the West Indies will be looking to virtually confirm their semi-final spot on Tuesday at The Oval after wins in their opening games, but there is an element of unpredictability to this match. West Indies overcame Pakistan by two wickets in a low-scoring encounter on Friday and can stifle anyone on their day.

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Champions Trophy: India's rule could split game, warns Tim May

When India opened the Champions Trophy with such panache last week it was possible to think only of the good things. For a few hours they dazzled, playing a game of alluring skill and dexterity which did for South Africa.

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Australia captain Michael Clarke a doubt for Champions Trophy opener against England

Batsman to see a specialist ahead of Saturday's game

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Late Paulinho strikes denies England victory

David Warner fined for Twitter comments

Australia batsman David Warner has been hit with the maximum fine available after pleading guilty to breaching the Cricket Australia code of behaviour.

Kevin Pieterson may miss out on the first test should he fail to recover from injury

Kevin Pieterson unsure on Ashes fitness due to on-going injury problems

England batsman may miss the start of this Summer's Ashes series as he continues to recover from a knee injury

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.

New Zealand coach Mike Hesson fires warning to England

Black Caps' arrival this week has been hardly noticed in a summer dominated by the Ashes

New Zealand’s captain, Brendon McCullum, at the crease during the final Test match against England in March

New Zealand bring plenty of baggage for Ashes curtain-raiser

Further infighting over Kiwi captaincy makes intriguing subplot before Australia arrive

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