Taylor has every chance of playing in the third Test at Old Trafford

Ashes 2013: James Taylor - From nowhere man to nearly man for England

Forgotten Notts batsman will face Aussies to prove himself in case Pietersen is not fit

Lord’s praise: The members show their appreciation for Joe Root

England shaping up to rediscover their ruthless streak

BBC’s Newsnight does not bother much with sport but on Friday it devoted some time to discussing the sporting success the nation is enjoying.

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Richard Halsall tells Ed Aarons the three  victims bagged in the slips by Alastair Cook  on Sunday was no fluke

Round-Up: Warwickshire lose title hero Wright to injury for six months

Just as it seemed their disappointing season might be about to perk up, champions Warwickshire have lost Chris Wright, leading wicket-taker in their title-winning side, for the remainder of the season with a stress fracture in his back.

Ricky Ponting wants Tests protected from the growth of Twenty20

Ashes 2013: Ricky Ponting and Michael Vaughan back Tests as pinnacle of the game

The standard of the cricket has varied wildly but the drama has been virtually unparalleled. Two days of assault, and sudden shifts in momentum; one of patient bowling and cautious accumulation.

Ashton Agar bowls during England’s first innings

John Townsend: The rise and rise of Ashton Agar, teen spinner with his feet on ground

The Aussie Angle: Just over a year ago he was playing second XI club cricket

Ricky Ponting in action for Surrey

Ricky Ponting struggles for grand farewell with Notts on top

Surrey 198 Nottinghamshire 50-0

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

View from the sofa: Sky Sports Ashes

New Zealand unlikely to risk injured opener Martin Guptill against England

New Zealand are unlikely to risk injured opener Martin Guptill for the second Twenty20 international against England at the Kia Oval tomorrow night.

Ross Taylor and Tom Latham celebrate Eoin Morgan’s wicket last night

England lose thriller by five runs (again)

New Zealand 201-4 England 196-5 (New Zealand win by 5 runs)

Shikhar Dhawan, left, was the undoubted star at the Champions Trophy

James Lawton: Shikhar Dhawan's explosive arrival proves Champions Trophy is a tournament worthy of being saved

He pummelled his first ball after the rain break high and square for a six

Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott look dejected as India shine

Champions Trophy final: This is lowest point of my captaincy but we’ll build again, says Alastair Cook

England have 16 days to pick themselves up for the Ashes after Alastair Cook admitted their remarkable defeat by India in the Champions Trophy final was his worst moment as captain.

Kevin Pietersen bowled four overs on his return from injury

Yorkshire 292-5 Surrey: Kevin Pietersen admits to injury concerns as Andrew Gale cashes in

After Surrey’s latest captain won the toss and asked Yorkshire to bat, it was always likely to be a quiet reintroduction to competitive cricket for Kevin Pietersen as the England batsman stepped on to the field for the first time in more than three months.

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