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He allowed himself a brief teary moment as he reached his 45th Test ton

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Magnificent seven for De Lange but South Africa are skittled

It's been a year like no other for Test-match debutants. Yesterday in Durban, Marchant de Lange became the eighth bowler to return five wickets in his first taste of the game's highest form to join an eclectic collection – three Australians, two South Africans, an Indian, a New Zealander and a Bangladeshi called Sunny – in making 2011 the year of the rookie.

Ed Cowan at a nets session ahead of the MCG Boxing Day Test with India

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Virender Sehwag plundered 219 from 149 balls against West Indies in Indore

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Virender Sehwag made the highest score in one-day international history yesterday, plundering 219 from 149 balls against West Indies in Indore.

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Virender Sehwag made the highest individual score in one-day international history as he blasted a remarkable 219 to put West Indies to the sword in Indore.

Bopara stands to benefit after Morgan is ruled out of series

Eoin Morgan, the England batsman, will miss the rest of the one-day series against India because of a shoulder injury. Although this undoubtedly debilitates the home side's middle order, it might help to salvage the international career of Ravi Bopara.

Sachin Tendulkar ruled out of one-day series

India batsman Sachin Tendulkar has been ruled out of the remainder of the one-day international series against England due to a toe injury, India's team manager Shivlal Yadav confirmed today.

Something For The Weekend: 03/09/2011

It's squeaky-bum time for

Sachin Tendulkar

Before we were all consumed by the tidal wave of importance that is Gary Cahill's future, or Jason Puncheon's loan deal, there was a rather more meaningful sporting summer narrative.

Robin Scott-Elliot: The Little Master perfectly caught by the cameras for Five

View From The Sofa: Cricket, Channel Five/Soccer Saturday, Sky Sports

'Humiliation complete' as India laments latest embarrassing defeat

Dismissed as old, off the pace and unprepared, the tourists face mounting criticism back home

Ganguly laments India performance but urges critics to keep the faith

Sourav Ganguly, one of India's most successful captains, believes his old team sunk to a new low earlier this week. But he has urged fans and critics alike to show them some patience – and insisted that now is not the time to make sweeping changes.

Stage set for Swann to turn the screw

Graeme Swann has been conspicuous by his quietness for most of this summer. But while England have moved to within touching distance of a world title without much wicket-taking assistance from their spinner, today could be tailor-made for a significant appearance on centre stage.

Disinterested Dhoni's half-baked wicketkeeping leads India astray

For three years or more, everything that Mahendra Singh Dhoni touched turned to gold. These days, everything he tries to touch seems to end up on the floor. Bit harsh? Perhaps, but these are worrying times for the man who did the impossible by replacing Sachin Tendulkar as India's most talked about cricketer.

England stars in running for ICC award

Eight of England's Ashes winners have been nominated for the ICC's Cricketer of the Year award after the long list of candidates was announced today.

Bollywood Goldrush: India's stars get ahead in advertising

Whether for soft drinks, hair oil or make-up, India's celebrities are making a fortune in endorsements, writes Andrew Buncombe

India expect great things from Sehwag's return

Former India players are united in their belief that Virender Sehwag's return from injury will stabilise the team's fragile batting order and lift morale in the remaining two tests against a dominant England.

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