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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.

Michael Clarke and James Anderson

It’s a washout for England’s cricket pundits

Plus, predictions for England's cricketing hopes

The tone in the Sky Sports commentary box these days is like a dressing-room banter free-for-all

Sport on TV: David Gower flies in face of all the old captains who lower tone

The first session of the First Test has often proved a pivotal passage of play in Ashes series Down Under. Even the first ball; Steve Harmison’s wide to second slip in 2006, or Michael Slater smashing Phil DeFreitas through cover point for four in 1994. It tends to “set the tone”, as the pundits like to say – and the tone in the Sky Sports commentary box these days is like a dressing-room banter free-for-all.

The Sport Matrix: Wednesday 2 October 2013

Superb Arsenal clinch their tenth consecutive win

Graeme Thorpe and Nasser Hussain celebrate victory in the darkness of Karachi, Pakistan, in 2000. England were denied the chance of a repeat at The Oval

Ashes 2013: It is plain to see that the umpires played it fairly and squarely by the book

Night was coming quicker than a Waqar Younis inswinger

Alastair Cook, left, celebrates with Kevin Pietersen, right

Ashes 2013: There’s no one that I’d rather have in my team right now than Jimmy Anderson - Alastair Cook

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.

Matt Butler: Wall-to-wall Ashes to Ashes too much of a good thing

View from the sofa: Sky Sports Ashes

Alastair Cook is given treatment to a hand against Essex

Warm-up for Ashes turns into farcical nets session for England

England 413 & 217-3 Essex 278

Atherton felt compelled to defend his former methods

Sport On TV: Are pundits warned to avoid hard-hitting commentary?

So it wasn’t two o’clock in the morning and he wasn’t wearing a funny wig – that was Lasith Malinga – but how many times has Kumar Sangakkara wound up England now?

Michael Vaughan questions England tactics in second Test against New Zealand

Former captain believes England could have been more attacking in the field

Steve Finn is in fine form with the ball having shortened his run-up

New Zealand v England: Steven Finn remains positive despite struggles

The hosts reached 250 for one today

Andrew Flintoff celebrates with his shirt off in Mumbai in 2002

When Andrew Flintoff gave batting a thorough dressing-down

Caddick recalls drama of 2002 when Freddie marked victory by shedding his shirt

Tony Greig: Cricketer who captained England

Tony Greig was not merely a skilful cricketer, an accomplished captain and a thought-provoking commentator, he was, in his own way, a cricketing revolutionary.

The Indian Angle: Rise of Pujara quells the foreboding over Tendulkar’s decline

In an age when T20 is king, he bats to the rhythms of an earlier generation

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.

Batsman Andrew Strauss

England captain Andrew Strauss retires from professional cricket

Andrew Strauss today described his decision to step down as England Test captain as being in the "best interest" of the national team.

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