Supporters neglected as winter tour visits India's far pavilions

The already strained relations between cricket's governing bodies in England (England and Wales Cricket Board) and India (Board of Control for Cricket in India) were further tested yesterday when this winter's tour itinerary to the subcontinent was published.

Raise a glass to toast opener's ugly hundred

Alastair Cook is not the sort of batsman to empty bars. Even his closest friends would admit there are more pleasurable cricketing experiences than watching him bat for an entire day. But even now, after just 24 Test appearances, Cook is being tipped by many to overtake Graham Gooch as England's highest run-scorer.

Australia's triumph for all the old virtues

The history men: Perfect planning - and McGrath and Warne - keep baggy green machine rolling on

Cricket: Saqlain upstages pacemen

SO SPEED is not everything, not when you have someone with the skill and guile of Saqlain Mushtaq in your team. He wrapped things up early and in style with a hat-trick - only the second in World Cup history.

Travel India: A rest stop at Buddha's place

Ladakh's mountainous landscape and spiritual culture are irresistible. But there is a more personal side too.

Travel India: Cricket the only game, oranges the only fruit

Four hundred miles from Mumbai, and bang in the middle of India, Nagpur is green, fertile and refreshingly tourist-free.

Women's Cricket: Brittin expects every woman to do her duty as England fly out to take on the world

The England women's cricket team fly to India today to defend the World Cup.

Cricket: Indian hopes on the ebb

India's hopes of forcing a win in the second Test against Sri Lanka in Nagpur were hit by rain after Saurav Ganguly's 99 propelled the hosts to an impressive first-innings total of 485 all out at lunch on the third day.

Cricket: Dravid leads India's charge

Sachin Tendulkar was the only front-line batsman not to take advantage of a slow wicket as India piled on the runs to reach 401 for 5 after the second day of the second Test against Sri Lanka at Nagpur yesterday.

Obituaries: Balasaheb Deoras

For more than 20 years, from 1973 to 1994, Balasaheb Deoras headed the Rashtriya Swyamsevak Sangh or RSS, a neo-Fascist Hindu revivalist organisation, one of whose members assassinated Mahatma Gandhi, and was responsible for turning it into a major political force in India.

60 Hindus die in festival crush

Ujjain - At least 60 people were trampled or suffocated to death and scores injured in stampedes in India early yesterday when Hindu worshippers gathered to celebrate a new moon festival.

India grind their way to safety

THIRD TEST: Tendulkar falls two short of his highest Test score before English openers survive uncomfortable closing overs; India 521; England 32-0

Waugh lifts Australia

Zimbabwe 154 Australia 158-2 (Australia win by 8 wickets)

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