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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.

Kevin Pietersen walks off as he id dismissed for a duck

First Test: England made to suffer for careless early batting choices

England's top order was swept aside as the first Test finally began last night. They were in utter disarray by lunch, teetering on 81 for 5 which made a nonsense of the relative status of the teams in the world rankings.

Neil Wagner celebrates the dismissal of Kevin Pietersen

Matt Prior unperturbed but England’s batsmen fluff first Test auditions

England’s batsmen can only hope now that it will be all right on the day. They fluffed their lines like a dressing room full of ham actors in the  second and final dress rehearsal yesterday.

Neil Wagner celebrates the dismissal of Kevin Pietersen

Nick Compton fails to press claim for place in Test series against New Zealand

Report from the third day of England's warm-up match against a New Zealand XI

Hamish Rutherford defies England test auditionees in New Zealand

Tour match, Queenstown (day two of four) New Zealand XI 224-6 v England 426

Joe Root hits out on his way to an unbeaten 79 in Napier

Joe Root causes England selection headache

Joe Root's emergence as a first-choice middle-order option may complicate England's selection plans for the Champions Trophy, but batting coach Graham Thorpe would have it no other way.

Joe Root and Stuart Broad of England wait to bat during an England nets session at Nelson Park in Napier

New Zealand series has huge significance for England players targeting place in Champions Trophy

Kevin Pietersen return has others fighting to retain their place

Ian Bell guided England home with his third ODI century

Fine finish for England as Ian Bell's ton brings alive dead rubber against India

England 227-3 (47.2 overs) beat India 226 (49.4 overs) by seven wickets

Ian Bell has made just one fifty during three tours of India

India take unassailable lead in one-day series following five wicket victory over England

Hosts now lead the one-day international series 3-1

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

England suffer humbling start to ODI tour

England suffered a humbling start to 2013 as some below-par batting saw them slump to a 53-run defeat at the hands of India A in Delhi.

The sporting week ahead (06/01/13)

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Alastair Cook has enjoyed an incredible year in Test cricket

Magical memories of 2012 - Cricket: 'A sweep for three and Cook had broken a 73-year-old landmark'

6 December: Alastair Cook breaks England century record

Alastair Cook (10/10): After his 776-run Ashes series in 2010-11, Cook said he could never hope to match it. He just did. As embryonic captain and remarkable batsman, he was outstanding. This is his team now. Matches 4. Innings 8. Runs (ave.) 562 (80.28). HS 190. 100s 3. 50s 0

How England rated in India: Stephen Brenkley's tour squad verdict

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Joe Root should be saluted for his composed innings on debut

The Last Word: Careful nurturing plants Root on the firmest of ground

On a weekend we are invited to exalt personality, here is a man with character

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