Moeen Ali collected three wickets against Pakistan A to boost his confidence ahead of what will be a vital role he has to play in the Test series, but England were given a taste of what could loom over the next month.
Bangladesh fast bowler Shahadat Hossain was sent to prison on Monday after he surrendered before a Dhaka court and sought bail in a case filed against him for allegedly assaulting a housemaid.
Alex Hales and Moeen Ali will each be given the chance to stake a claim to be Alastair Cook's opening partner for the Test series against Pakistan, according to England's head coach, Trevor Bayliss.
Geraint Jones, England's 2005 Ashes-winning wicketkeeper, has backed Jos Buttler for a swift return to form in the first Test against Pakistan following his much-needed break during the recent ODIs against Australia.
England captain Alastair Cook drops hints ahead of the trip to the UAE to face Pakistan.
Stuart Broad takes the England honours at the PCA Awards, while Durham's Chris Rushworth hopes taking the top county prize will lead to an international call-up.
Yorkshire batsman Jonny Bairstow has been named County Championship Player of the Year by the Cricket Writers' Club.
The England women's team is looking for a new coach after Paul Shaw decided to step down following this summer's Ashes defeat to Australia.
Phil Simmons has been suspended with immediate effect as West Indies coach, two days after he expressed his unhappiness with the ODI squad selected for the Sri Lanka tour.
Frank Tyson, the former England fast bowler, and renowned as one of the quickest to have ever played the game, has died at the age of 85 in Australia.
Adam Lyth has spoken of his disappointment at missing out on England's upcoming tour of the UAE but has vowed to come back stronger next season.
Kevin Pietersen has conceded for the first time that Andrew Strauss, his former England captain and now director of cricket at the ECB, was right to overlook his claims for a Test recall ahead of this summer's Ashes victory.
Japan's stunning victory over South Africa at the Rugby World Cup is a timely reminder of everything that cricket's introspective rulers are turning their backs on.
Samit Patel has won a surprise recall for England for the first time in nearly three years after Zafar Ansari was ruled unfit for the forthcoming series against Pakistan in the UAE because of a hand injury.
England's determination to maintain their recent upturn in fortunes in one-day cricket has been reflected with the awarding of a full ECB central contract for Eoin Morgan, the limited-overs captain.
Eoin Morgan has been ruled out of Middlesex's final County Championship fixture of the season against Worcestershire at New Road tomorrow after failing to recover sufficiently from the blow to the head he took while batting against Mitchell Starc in last week's fifth ODI against Australia.
Yorkshire's captain, Andrew Gale, has criticised England's decision to omit Adam Lyth and Gary Ballance from the Test squad for the UAE.
Alex Hales and James Taylor have both had to battle preconceptions about their game, but both are now in England's Test squad and desperate to prove they belong.
On the day he was called up to his first England Test squad Zafar Ansari suffered an open dislocation of his left thumb against Lancashire at Old Trafford and was sent to hospital.
Surrey and now England all-rounder credits his success to a balance between cricket and his other 'options' in life.
Alex Hales, Zafar Ansari and James Taylor have been named in England's 16-man squad for the Test series against Pakistan in the UAE.
Allrounder first played for England in 1949 at the age of 18 years and 149 days - making him still England's youngest debutant.
Put forward as a potential Test opener, Alex Hales has endured a miserable run before the squad is announced. But will the selectors look beyond his limited-overs form?
Mitchell Starc was left shaken after his bouncer inflicted a fierce blow on Eoin Morgan's helmet, which forced the England captain to retire hurt at Old Trafford.
Manchester has beaten out London to be revealed as the greatest sporting city in the UK, according to research from ESPN and the universities of Gloucester and Bath.
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