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.
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Wednesday 31 July 2013
The Manchester ground plays host to the third Test
Tuesday 09 July 2013
“We're not doing a cheese album,” quips Neil Hannon, sporting a Carry On Up the Jungle pith helmet to his fellow satirist, Thomas Walsh, who appears to be channelling WG Grace with his weighty beard.
James Lawton: Shikhar Dhawan's explosive arrival proves Champions Trophy is a tournament worthy of being saved
Sunday 23 June 2013
He pummelled his first ball after the rain break high and square for a six
Sunday 09 June 2013
Bowler of the day Everywhere in the County Championship, there seems to be an Australian fast bowler taking wickets, reinforcing the view that the ones picked for the Ashes had better be good. Yesterday it was the turn of Michael Hogan, the 31-year-old from Newcastle, New South Wales finishing with seven for 92 for Glamorgan against Gloucestershire at Bristol, which gave him 34 for the season, just three fewer than his compatriot, Steve Magoffin, who is the leading wicket-taker in the country. Hogan, who did not enter first-class cricket until he was 28 and is playing for Glamorgan on a British passport, having given up his ambition of playing for Australia when it became clear the selectors wanted youth. Coach Justin Langer made strenuous efforts to keep him in Perth, where he was contracted until last winter, to no avail.
'Systemic shortcomings' by police allowed gunman with history of domestic abuse to shoot dead three female members of his family
Friday 08 March 2013
Coroner demands gun licensing overhaul over killer Michael Atherton, who legally owned six weapons
IPCC condemn police failings over man who shot dead three women after being allowed to keep guns - despite complaints of domestic violence
Monday 19 November 2012
A man who shot dead three women had been allowed to keep his guns by police despite complaints of domestic violence and then threatening to shoot himself, according to a report seen by the BBC.
Monday 19 November 2012
A man who shot dead three women had been allowed to keep his guns by police despite complaints of domestic violence and threats to shoot himself, according to a report by the Independent Police Complaints Commission seen by the BBC.
Wednesday 29 August 2012
Andrew Strauss today described his decision to step down as England Test captain as being in the "best interest" of the national team.
Monday 21 May 2012
View From The Sofa: Test Cricket, Sky / Champions League final, Sky/ITV
Monday 16 April 2012
England Test captain Andrew Strauss has expressed his frustration at having his players defend him following his lengthy run without a century and his team's poor form on the sub-continent.
Friday 30 March 2012
He was disappointed and he was defiant. If he was going anywhere he was not saying so. It was neither the time nor the place. There was a series still on the line and, if it cannot be won by England now, it can be drawn.
Thursday 12 January 2012
A taxi belonging to Peterlee killer Michael Atherton has been vandalised outside the home where he murdered three people then shot himself.
Wednesday 04 January 2012
Durham police under scrutiny for decision after family member raised concerns
Tuesday 03 January 2012
A taxi driver who murdered his partner, her sister and her sister's daughter before shooting himself at the family home on New Year's Day held licences for six weapons and was known to police from three years earlier after threatening to harm himself.
Monday 03 January 2011
Since the destiny of the Ashes was decided it has been fascinating to observe the two captains. Andrew Strauss is the undisputed commander-in-chief of the England team and nothing that happens in Sydney this week will change that.
In defence of liberal democracy
Over 50,000 families shipped out of London boroughs in the past three years due to welfare cuts and soaring rents
EU asylum policy is 'a direct threat to our civilisation', says Nigel Farage
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils
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