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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.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni: 'the same people are asking questions but not giving any solutions'

Dhoni keeps calm and carries on as answers become more elusive

The Indian Angle: Replacing legends is going to be much tougher than had been anticipated

Kevin Pietersen

Kevin Pietersen helps England close on 199 after poor start to Fourth Test

England 199-5:  Latest report from the fourth Test between England and India

Alastair Cook: The England captain has reached 23 Test hundreds at 27 years of age

Praise pours in for 'amazing' Alastair Cook

Captain breaks 73-year record for England centuries to earn plaudits from across the cricketing world

MS Dhoni is India’s first regular wicketkeeper captain
Alastair Cook

Alastair Cook rallies his troops by raising the standard of defiance

He stood proud and defiant and glorious. Alastair Cook, the new captain of England, repelled India in the first Test for hour after hour, over after over, ball after ball. As each of those in turn was ticked off, the task he was  embarked in Ahmedabad on left the land of make-believe for the country of the merely fanciful.

Spin twins' threat overlooked even by India

In the lead-up to the England series, a certain distasteful fervour underpinned the advertising campaigns which attempted to drum up television audiences. There was an unholy obsession with the revenge theme, with little thought to the fact that while Andrew Strauss's England handed out a 4-0 thrashing in the summer of 2011, this team was all Alastair Cook's. The concerted attempt to render England's practice matches meaningless, by hiding specialist spinners and providing misleading batting surfaces, ensured that the focus then shifted to England's foibles against spin.

England falter against India's spin to follow on at 191 on third day of first Test

First Test day three: India 521-8 dec v England 191 & 111-0

Freddie Flintoff trains under the watchful eye of Barry McGuigan

Flintoff reveals how he was nearly floored by an eating disorder

Andrew Flintoff was bullied at school and developed an eating disorder as he battled weight issues during his Test cricket career. These were the shock themes to emerge from a documentary to be broadcast in the run-up to his professional boxing debut at the end of the month.

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MS Dhoni hails 'strong character' of Yuvraj Singh after winning his battle with cancer

MS Dhoni today paid tribute to Yuvraj Singh as the Indian prepares to return to Test cricket after winning his battle with cancer.

Jonathan Trott ton the highlight as England complete Test warm-up in India

Haryana 334 & 133-6 drew with England 521 & 254-7

England captain Alastair Cook (right) speaks with bowler Monty Panesar

England labour for wickets against Haryana

England encountered more reminders of the perils of an India tour as they laboured for their wickets against Haryana.

England batsman Kevin Pietersen ducks to avoid a ball

Nick Compton passes Test as Kevin Pietersen does his talking with ton in the middle

Opener books England berth for India clash and Pietersen refuses to comment after his fireworks

Pat finish: Samit Patel consoles Jonny Bairstow after he was out for a fine 118 in England’s warm-up game yesterday

Bairstow answers wrong question

England XI 338-6 v Mumbai A: His century shows England's back-up middle order is strong but Compton and Root fail to make their case as opener

Jonny Bairstow and Eoin Morgan shine for England in Mumbai

Jonny Bairstow and Eoin Morgan proved all is well with England's back-up middle order - but the tourists are still none the wiser about the identity of Alastair Cook's new Test opening partner.

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British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
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Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album