• Alastair Cook swings to leg in Rajkot, MS Dhoni looks on.
    England v India – ODI series preview

    It is difficult to overstate the harrowing capitulation that India have endured since their historic victory at Lord’s. The euphoria of winning their first away Test in sixteen attempts, and their first at the Home of Cricket since 1986, was short-lived.

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  • India Women celebrate their historic victory over England [(c) Getty Images]
    A question of expectations

    A few days have passed since India women’s magnificent victory over England at Wormsley. Plenty of time to assess exactly how to feel about the events of those four days – perhaps misfielding at wide mid-off at the moment when Shikha Pandey hit the winning runs 50 miles away was a blessing in disguise.

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  • England Lions v Sri Lanka A - Triangular Series
    England must focus exclusively on ODI cricket now

    With the five Test matches against India finished, England’s focus turns to one-day cricket with an eye on winning their first global ODI trophy at the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup. England reached at least the semi-finals of the first five Cricket World Cups, but have failed to repeat their achievement since.

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  • India's Test players look on dejectedly.
    Just what went wrong for India in England?

    Let’s make no bones about it. After the Lord’s Test, where they took a 1-0 lead with three to play, India were awful, appalling and atrocious. Every time they play abroad, they seem to plumb the depths of despair still further, despite their promising start this time around. The question is, what went wrong for…

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    England Clear Favourites over Lagging Indians

    Anyone that has ever played computer games online will be familiar with the concept of “lag”, or when the server is slow in registering a player’s actions, giving the others an advantage. It’s remarkably frustrating, and can happen at the most inopportune times (when you’re one-on-one with the keeper on FIFA, or running across open…

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    The Reasons Behind England’s Rise

    It’s official: England are back, and what a ridiculously good come back it was. The team that was thrashed in Australia, embarrassed by Sri Lanka and, probably worst of all, bounced out by Ishant Sharma have stunned their critics by winning two consecutive Test matches in a very convincing manner.

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  • Cricket - Natwest T20 Blast - North Division - Lancashire Lighting v Yorkshire Vikings - Emirates Old Trafford
    Finch Failure: the Decline of the Overseas Pro

    The last few weeks have seen several high profile overseas players depart from county cricket after negligible impacts, which may once again raise questions over the role they play in the domestic game.

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  • England v India: 3rd Investec Test - Day Four
    Moeen Ali: The Spin Debate

    England finally won a Test match yesterday and as an England fan, the realisation hit me that it had been a while since I had this rather pleasant sensation flowing through me.  A year ago, I would have treated a win like this as rather unspectacular, but today we stand on the verge of a new…

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    How England Can Turn Around their Slump

    There existed a time when defeating England at home was almost unthinkable. Reliable seamers, world-beating spinner and destructive and obdurate batsmen made them lions. Those days are well and truly over. India, who were endeavouring to find their first Test win overseas in three years, thrashed the home team to register only their second win at Lord’s.

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