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The West Indian hit 100 from just 30 balls

Chris Gayle pictured batting for West Indies

The fastest century in history: Chris Gayle hits 100 from just 30 balls in the IPL

West Indian sets sets record ton for Bangalore against Pune

Kevin Pietersen needs at least two first-class games before the Ashes

Kevin Pietersen misses New Zealand Tests to be ready for Ashes battle

England take no fitness chances with batsman whose bruised knee is worse than first thought

Michael Clarke must be feeling the strain after a difficult week

Hospital stay for sick Australia captain Michael Clarke

Australia captain Michael Clarke spent Sunday night in hospital suffering from gastro-enteritis.

New Zealand's Jesse Ryder is in a critical condition in Christchurch Hospital after suffering severe head injuries in a late-night assault

New Zealand cricketer Jesse Ryder out of coma and talking after brutal assault

New Zealand cricketer is now out of an induced coma and talking, according to his manager Aaron Klee.

Michael Clarke: The batsman is ‘seven to 10 weeks away’ from returning to training

England v Australia: Michael Clarke faces race against time to be fit for Ashes

Michael Clarke, Australia’s captain and only batsman in form, faces a 10-week lay-off as he undergoes intensive rehabilitation on his back in an attempt to ensure he will last the course during this summer’s Ashes, although it is not certain he will be fit for the first Test in July.

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Back-trouble victim Michael Clarke expects to be fit for the Ashes

Australia captain Michael Clarke has no idea how serious his latest back problem is, but insisted it was “very unlikely” the injury would keep him out of the Ashes.

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Confusion surrounds Kevin Pietersen injury: England batsman out of third Test in New Zealand and IPL with knee problem - will he miss the Ashes too?

Management handling of ailment picked up three weeks ago leads to doubts over return

Kevin Pietersen poses in front of a picture of the Dalai Lama at the McLeod Ganj Buddhist Temple

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After our day off in Dharamsala I've realised there is only one person more famous than the Dailai Lama around here - Kevin Pietersen

But earlier Alastair Cook had been given out caught behind when he hadn’t touched the ball

England beaten in final warm-up match in India

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Cheteshwar Pujara’s mother died when he was just 17

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When Cheteshwar Pujara, the man who has taken Rahul Dravid's coveted No 3 spot in the India Test line-up, was on 199, facing Graeme Swann, the field changed dramatically.

Chris Cairns sued Lalit Modi, ex-chairman of the Indian Premier League, over an 'unequivocal allegation'

Cricket libel award appeal fails

An appeal against a £90,000 libel award to former New Zealand cricket captain Chris Cairns over an accusation of match-fixing has failed.

Stuart Broad looks on against Sri Lanka

Stuart Broad could prove key for England in testing conditions

Stuart Broad will inevitably play a pivotal role as England seek to regroup under a new captain, reacquaint themselves with their most talented batsman and restate their Test match credentials in exacting conditions.

Kevin Pietersen’s England central contract formally ended last night

Public apology the price of Kevin Pietersen's England return

Restoring trust is key in a make-or-break week for resolving a dispute that has drained Flower

Kevin Pietersen in animated mode with Nasser Hussain yesterday

Stephen Brenkley: The end is nigh for Kevin Pietersen after England's grim year of tweeting, texting and treachery

Pietersen may walk away to a maverick future of T20 events and loss of sponsors

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