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Alastair Cook, left, celebrates with Kevin Pietersen, right

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Jimmy Anderson produced one of the performances of his life to inspire England to a thrilling victory over Australia and his captain, Alastair Cook, claimed no bowler in the world could have done a better job.

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Almost a year after his son Tom was found dead on the tracks near Wimbledon Park Tube station, former England batsman and assistant coach Matthew Maynard has hit out at claims that the former Glamorgan and Surrey player was "a druggie".

Cook: 'I think the result vindicates the decision'

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Captain also suggests under-pressure Nick Compton will retain opening slot for Ashes despite run of low scores

Jesse Ryder has had drink issues

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Cricketer reportedly set on by four men in Christchurch

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Tea has always been archaic yet sacrosanct. As an institution it has embodied the entire ethos of a type of game that probably did not exist, except perhaps at Blandings: at 20 minutes in length, neither one thing nor the other.

Alastair Cook is looking forward to working with father figure on England’s forthcoming one-day tour

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Nickname he gave to the new new one-day coach Ashley Giles was born of affection and respect

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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

Page 3 Profile: Ricky Ponting, Australian cricketer

Bowing out gracefully?

Victoria Pendleton loses out on Strictly gold

The TeamGB cyclist and partner Brendan Cole lost out to fellow sports star Michael Vaughan in a dance-off

England close to recording worst-ever Test year

Rapid decline leaves England mystified

South Africa captain Graeme Smith

South Africa captain Graeme Smith joins Surrey

Surrey have pulled off one of the most eye-catching deals in recent county cricket history by clinching the signing of South Africa captain Graeme Smith on a three-year contract.

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