The competition kickstarts soon and Amit Acharya has taken a look at who could win in a tournament without favourites.
Kevin Pietersen was in the nets at Lord's on Thursday, easing his way back into training as he continues his rehabilitation from the knee injury that has kept him out of cricket this season.
Kevin Pietersen will meet Andy Flower at Lord's on Thursday with the England team director expecting another positive update on the batsman's progress towards an Ashes return.
Bring on the Aussies! Whoops, perhaps we are not allowed to say that just yet.
Amit Acharya reviews the latest Indian Premier League cricket season.
It is unlikely that any of England's current cricketers will end up as umpires.
There will be a hint of Fawlty Towers in England's approach to the second Test against New Zealand this week, with Andy Flower adopting the role of John Cleese to insist that his players do not mention the Ashes.
Alastair Cook is calm before the storm. Leading England into his third Ashes series as captain at Cardiff on 8 July, the 30-year-old is currently relaxed enough to state that emerging triumphant after five Tests against Australia this summer would rank as his “best achievement” on a cricket field.
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.
The former England all-rounder Chris Lewis has been released from prison after serving six years for drug smuggling.