Ireland centre is entering his final season of professional rugby, and Robin Scott-Elliot takes a look at where the 34-year-old finds himself after a testing summer of Lions rugby
Forgotten Notts batsman will face Aussies to prove himself in case Pietersen is not fit
Somerset 320 Australians 266-4
The former Australia captain today announced his retirement plans
Debutant Kyle Abbott took nine wickets as South Africa completed a 3-0 series sweep over Pakistan with a crushing innings and 18-run victory in the third and final Test at Centurion yesterday.
India 227-6 Pakistan 228-4
The Indian Angle
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.
The ‘Maharajas’ are merely continuing a tradition. No running, no diving
Indians did not actually say – as Viv Richards once did after India had beaten the West Indies on an underprepared track in Chennai – "come home and we'll show you". But it was implied after MS Dhoni's men lost the series in England 4-0 last year. Well, England have come, and it is India who are being shown up. It might be too early to write India off in the Kolkata Test, but if the England players take time out to check the price of champagne here, it is understandable.
Monty Panesar takes two crucial wickets
The former England seamer recalls a tough and talented Ashes opponent
India 266-6 England: It’s just like the good not-so-old days, with all going well for England – then enter Pujara
The denizens of this great city might have disagreed but it was worth the price of admission yesterday to see the ball. The ball from Monty Panesar that bowled Sachin Tendulkar, the ball that was pitched, speared in almost, on leg, and then turned raspingly at right angles past the bat and hit off stump.
The Indian Angle
When Cheteshwar Pujara, the man who has taken Rahul Dravid's coveted No 3 spot in the India Test line-up, was on 199, facing Graeme Swann, the field changed dramatically.