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Cheltenham Festival: Salubrious gets Paul Nicholls off the mark in final race

Salubrious wins Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle

Nick Compton started as England’s opening batsman against a New Zealand XI last night

England hand Nick Compton the chance to cement place as Ashes opener

England made a decisive selection judgement for the future last night by overlooking Joe Root's claims as opening batsman. Instead, they kept faith with Nick Compton for their only warm-up match on the Test tour of New Zealand.

Indian police hunt for men suspected of raping and killing three sisters

Police in central India have launched a hunt for the men suspected of raping and killing three sisters, aged five to 11. Their deaths are the latest in a series of incidents of sexual violence in the country.

Old friends are reunited but England fail to click in ODI opener against New Zealand

New Zealand 259-7 England 258 (New Zealand win by three wickets)

Jonny Bairstow (5): Only had one innings and, although he was given out when he should not have been, the shot that led to it was poor. But he has flair and style, and will be a part of England’s middle order soon. Matches 1. Innings 1. Runs (ave.) 9 (9.00). HS 9. 100s 0. 50s 0

Jonny Bairstow to miss one-day tour of India

Joe Root called in as replacement

MS Dhoni hit the winning runs to quell calls for his resignation

MSDhoni makes wayward England pay as Eoin Morgan starts with Twenty20 defeat

England 157-6 India 158-5 (India win by five wickets): India regain winning touch as the tourists’ bowlers are punished for their indiscipline

It’s great to end such a fantastic sporting year on a personal high

Trott and Bell stand firm to complete England's historic work in India

The plea was in danger of falling on deaf ears. They listened but they did not necessarily hear. When England were crushed in the opening match of the Test series against India, their coach Andy Flower was disappointed but rational. In a considered discourse he asked three times that judgement should be delivered not then, not in the immediate wake of the nine-wicket drubbing, but at the end of the series. It was an entirely reasonable request which equally could not entirely conceal the suspicion that he was playing for time.

Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott

England win series in India for first time in 27 years

Double-century partnership between Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell leads England to their first Test series win in India since the days of David Gower

But earlier Alastair Cook had been given out caught behind when he hadn’t touched the ball

Alastair Cook savours 'very special' victory in India

England draw final Test to take series 2-1

Alastair Cook: Once again the captain led from the front with a magnificent 190 in the first innings to help take England past 500. He was rightly named man of the match

Tour of India: England player ratings

England today recorded their first series victory in India for 27 years. Here, we take a look at how the players rated...

The decision from Jonathan Trott to slap for four a ball which had slipped out of the bowler Ravi Jadeja’s hand – and rolled for a no-ball – was not entirely in the spirit of the game

A day for purists only as England close in on that elusive series win

England 330 & 161-3 India 326-9 dec: Trott controversially in, Cook wrongly out, India in fear - the interest is all in the detail

Dhoni had already created a flutter of sorts by walking out ahead of Ravindra Jadeja

Kohli and Dhoni fight hard before fateful final hour

The under-fire captain played an innings of maturity and patience

Ravindra Jadeja’s role in the fourth Test has been puzzling

The Indian Angle: India left in a tailspin by muddled thinking and lack of decisiveness

On the one hand, there are three senior batsmen – one of them senior to anyone else in the cricket world – but none of them is anywhere near the kind of form that made them heroes to Indian fans.

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