Alastair Cook has soaked up some tough days during his record 57 Tests as England captain but Monday in Mohali – which ended with him out for 12, his opening partner unable to bat, his side four down and 56 runs adrift with hopes of a series win close to blown – was quite some challenge to his fortitude.
Stuart Broad will wear a protective boot on his injured right foot once the fifth day in Visakhapatnam has been completed and while the third Test in Mohali starting on Saturday may come too soon for the fast bowler, he remains confident of returning to full fitness and seeing out the remainder of the five-match series.
Andrew Strauss, the director of England cricket, has stated his belief that Alastair Cook will continue his role as Test captain into next summer.
Joe Root has long accepted the expectation that comes with being England’s top batsman and, after his opening day hundred against India, hoped a message has been sent to his team-mates that they too can thrive in this Test series.
Stuart Broad, a cricketer not prone to hyperbole, has conceded England’s five-Test series in India will be the toughest challenge of his career but views Wednesday’s opener in Rajkot, where he will win his 100th cap, as the perfect chance to “right some wrongs” from Bangladesh.
No one was to blame for the death of Phillip Hughes, the Australian Test cricketer who died after being hit by a short-pitched ball during a match at the Sydney Cricket Ground, an inquest has found.
If anyone is equipped to prosper at England’s training camp in Portugal it is Tom Wood. As well as offering the extra lineout option Eddie Jones may yet need against South Africa next week, the Northampton flanker boasts a black belt in jujutsu which should give him a slight advantage when England return to their judo mats in the Algarve this week.
It’s one of Australian sport’s most enduring clichés, popularised by Ian Chappell and flogged to its last, shallow breath by Shane Warne: in cricket, the coach is the thing with four wheels that transports you around England during the Ashes.
At the end of another topsy-turvy day in an ever-fluctuating series Bangladesh recorded their first Test win against England by the emphatic margin of 108 runs.
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There was nothing that could have been done to save Phillip Hughes after he was hit in the neck by a ball as he batted in a Sheffield Shield match two years ago, a coronial inquest into his death has heard.
English cricket fans finished 2012 on a high. England became the only side in the history of Test cricket to come back from behind to win a series in India. Rana Malook discusses that and much more with a man who was actually there to witness it all, ESPN cricinfo’s senior correspondent George Dobell.
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HITC Sport understands Ipswich are to make a move for Portsmouth star.
The only discernible difference was the absence of a mop of jet-black hair.
Disaster in Durban, turns calamitous in Cape Town as Steyn is out and Anderson is back.
England will require a light touch to find success in the Middle East.
This England team do not quite know when they are beaten.