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KP return for England

Kevin Pietersen

After losing the first T20 International, England's hopes of leveling the series are boosted by the return of Kevin Pietersen.

New Zealand batting onslaught proves just enough to beat England

Cricket Stumps

Ravi Bopara, so nearly England's finisher in the Champions Trophy final on Sunday, found himself in a familiar position at The Oval on Tuesday night after taking his team to the threshold of a remarkable rescue only to be left too much to do and, for the second time in 48 hours, the hosts were defeated by five runs.



Ashes 2009

Ashes 2015: Four key Australia players for England to contend with

A maiden Test century at The Oval in 2013 proved the opening of the floodgates for Smith who, having once been the butt of English jokes for his initial selection in 2010-11 based on an ability to bring levity to a humourless Australian dressing room, has now arrived on these shores as the world’s No1-ranked batsman and the key wicket for Alastair Cook’s attack following 12 months in which he has averaged 102 in 16 innings.