Sport Kevin Pietersen can either wait for the IPL auction next month or play county cricket in England

There are rumours that the batsman's England career is over

Hamish Rutherford defies England test auditionees in New Zealand

Tour match, Queenstown (day two of four) New Zealand XI 224-6 v England 426

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.

England's James Tredwell dives in front of New Zealand's Hamish Rutherfored

New Zealand beat England by 55 runs in second T20

England slumped to a 55-run defeat in pursuit of a record Twenty20 run chase as New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum led the hosts to a series-levelling success at Seddon Park in Hamilton.

Smash hits: Luke Wright powers his way to 42

Record England show Wright stuff

New Zealand 174-9 England 214-7 (England win by 40 runs): Sussex all-rounder stars as victorious tourists smash 15 sixes on way to their best Twenty20 total

Stuart Broad took a second three-wicket haul in two days

Stuart Broad's fitness lifts England despite defeat in warm-up

England headed south for Auckland disappointed to have lost their final warm-up match, but encouraged by a clutch of impressive individual performances at Whangarei’s Cobham Oval.

Eoin Morgan: The batsman’s Ashes prospects will be clearer when squad for NZ is named

England crash to surprise warm-up defeat against New Zealand XI

Tourists beaten on the final ball

England coast through to Super Six

England claimed a six-wicket victory over the West Indies to ensure their progression to the Super Six stage of the Women's Twenty20 World Cup in Mumbai.

Steven Finn of England bowls during a T20 Practice Match against a New Zealand XI

England warm-up match washed out

Rain sees just 9.1 overs of T20 match played

Alastair Cook: ‘I was surprised at how quickly we got to the top’

Alastair Cook says England have 'learned a lot' from India series

Tourists lost the series 3-2

It is possible that Graham Onions will be left out

England rest their rotation policy to protect Tests

Squad for the Test series against New Zealand is announced today

James Tredwell was the pick of England’s struggling bowlers

Wayward attack sees England lose direction in Delhi defeat

England 294-5 Delhi 295-4 (Delhi win by six 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

England hopeful happy memories can inspire Twenty20 victory over India

Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium - where England famously levelled the Test series last month - will host the second and final T20 match

Eoin Morgan is taking inspiration from the Test side’s success

England batsman Eoin Morgan sees T20s as key to the Test door

England's stand-in captain Eoin Morgan will use today's Twenty20 international against India at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium to launch his way back into Test contention. With back-to-back Ashes series in 2013, "everything starts" here for the 26-year-old.

Alastair Cook (10/10): After his 776-run Ashes series in 2010-11, Cook said he could never hope to match it. He just did. As embryonic captain and remarkable batsman, he was outstanding. This is his team now. Matches 4. Innings 8. Runs (ave.) 562 (80.28). HS 190. 100s 3. 50s 0

How England rated in India: Stephen Brenkley's tour squad verdict

Alastair Cook: 10/10

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