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

Gayle hit a record 17 sixes

Chris Gayle and the story of the fastest centuries in cricket

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.

Michael Clarke had to pull out of the fourth Test against India

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.

Despite a couple of scares Kevin Pietersen made 68 by lunch

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

Ian Bell's View from the Middle: It'll be hard to focus with the Himalayas beyond third man

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

Report from England's warm-up match against India A

Cheteshwar Pujara’s mother died when he was just 17

The Indian Angle: Cheteshwar Pujara - Loss of his mother made our new hero immune to pressure

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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War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?
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Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?