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What a fine mess English cricket finds itself in. Yet for supporters of a certain age, the last two months in Australia have just been a return to normal service.

Samit Patel of England looks up after scoring a century during the final day of the first practice match between England and India 'A'

Samit Patel stakes claim as England's opening tour match of India meanders to draw

Samit Patel was the clearest 'winner' in England's stalemate against India A at the Brabourne Stadium.

Steve Finn says it is ‘up to me to set the tone’ against Chris Gayle

Steven Finn injury rocks England's tour of India

Steven Finn gave England significant cause for concern as he limped out of the attack with a thigh injury on an awkward first day of their India tour.

Alastair Cook takes over as captain from Andrew Strauss, who had a 100% winning record in Test matches against India

England need 'reintegrated' Kevin Pietersen to blunt India's spin menace

Captain must hope prodigal son KP can rewrite team's dismal record against 'slows'

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 will now have clear-the-air talks with team-mates

ECB apologise to South Africa in relation to Kevin Pietersen text claims

Cricket South Africa and the national team's players have accepted an apology from England and Wales Cricket Board chief executive David Collier over comments he made concerning the Kevin Pietersen text row.

Kevin Pietersen will now have clear-the-air talks with team-mates

South Africa players 'awaiting an apology' from ECB chief of text claims

South Africa's players are “awaiting an apology” for the suggestion from England cricket chief David Collier that some of their number provoked Kevin Pietersen into sending controversial text messages.

Who did you believe?: Roy Hodgson, Ashley Cole and Kevin Pietersen all said sorry last week, but not all with conviction

The Last Word: Sorry is the hardest word, especially if you mean it

The way of modern sport is to deny, or show contrition for reasons other than true remorse

Odd couple: Geoff Boycott (right) and Kevin Pietersen share a laugh in 2007. Tony Greig believes everyone is manageable

Tony Greig: KP is like Boycott, too good to leave out

Former England captain tells Stephen Brenkley why Kevin Pietersen reminds him of another singular character who was talented enough to merit being treated differently

In full: ECB statement on Kevin Pietersen

The process of ushering Kevin Pietersen back into the England fold began today. This is the statement issued by the ECB...

Amol Rajan: Strauss's lesson: lead from front and mind the KPs

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Leading article: Strauss deserves to be remembered at his best

It would be a pity if one unhappy summer – some lacklustre batting, the Test defeat by South Africa and England's loss of its No 1 world Test ranking – were allowed to colour the rest of Andrew Strauss's cricketing career.

Captain Alastair Cook is bowled for a duck as England’s reply begins disastrously

Amla masterclass sends South Africa to summit

Clinical tourists pick up where they left off in Test series to leave England helpless as their run of 11 consecutive wins is comprehensively ended

Eoin Morgan warms up in the nets for today’s match

Eoin Morgan toes party line over Kevin Pietersen saga

The limited-overs roadshow has arrived on the South Coast. It is still at the beginning of its journey, with London and several points north still to come before it finally ends on 12 September, five days before England embark on the defence of their World Twenty20 title.

Match winner: Jonny Bairstow hits out on his way to an unbeaten 68 in the Twenty20 semi-final against Sussex

Wood stalls Yorkshire to seal trophy

Practice pays off for young left-armer as he takes three wickets in last over for Hampshire

Kevin Pietersen in animated mode with Nasser Hussain yesterday

The end is nigh for KP after a grim year of texts, tweeting and treachery

Today is the first anniversary of one of the greatest moments in English cricket history. It will be marked by soul-searching, hand-wringing and wondering what the heck to do next.

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