For England the wait goes on: a five-run defeat by an energetic – and energetically supported – India in a rain-ravaged Champions Trophy final deprived Alastair Cook of the chance to become the first England captain to lift an ICC 50-over trophy.
When asked how England would get on in the ICC Champions trophy final against India, most people start climbing fences. Not HITC sports writer Rana Malook.
It is one of the beauties of cricket that within the overall narrative of a game lie so many smaller stories, the plays within the play.
Shikhar Dhawan's measured 68 helped India to a thumping 8 wicket victory over Sri Lanka. Rana Malook reviews another anti-climatic semi final.
South African batsmen didn't even bother bringing knives to a gunfight. England walked leisurely to the final of the ICC champions trophy 2013
Stage is set. ICC Champions Trophy Semi Final. England vs South Africa. Who will Choke? Rana Malook studies the ropes.
Australia are heading towards next month's Ashes series with "not a great deal of confidence" according to their stand-in ODI captain, George Bailey.
For the most part it was a frustrating day in Cardiff but finally England beat the weather that had threatened to derail their Champions Trophy hopes and overcame New Zealand in a shortened match by 10 runs.
There is no room for schadenfreude now.
Alastair Cook still believes England can regain the Ashes this summer but he has told the struggling batsmen Ian Bell and Gary Ballance they must go away and put their games in order before the first Test against Australia in Cardiff on 8 July.
Under the Leeds sun, while the crowd celebrated, the master and his pupil flourished. Alastair Cook is playing the 114th match of a Test career that goes back to 2006, a madcap dash from Antigua to Nagpur, and 164 runs on his debut there as a precursor to his record-breaking.
Bank holiday Monday. People’s Day at Lord’s, Dad and his lad for 20 quid. Ninety minutes before play and the queue for tickets already stretched three or four deep around two sides of the ground and up the Wellington Road to St John’s Wood tube station.