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Root's trust in his game results in timely Test boost

After scoring his first hundreds of the summer, England's Test captain can approach the challenge of India with faith in his game restored

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Rashid's dip-and-rise bittersweet for Yorkshire

Decision to quit red-ball cricket has paid off so far in white-ball returns, even if Rashid's home county sees less of him than they'd like

#PoliteEnquiries - Did Ashwin and Jadeja call Root to thank him for seeing off Kuldeep?

Melinda Farrell and Deep Dasgupta wonder if India need to take more yo-yo tests ahead of the Test series


Overcoming challenges a good World Cup preparation - Eoin Morgan

England captain says the side's ability to adapt to new challenges bodes well for their World Cup campaign


Laxman: India were outplayed in all three aspects

The Match Day team were surprised to see India so comfortably beaten after impressing in the first ODI


Bopara: Adaptable Root the key man for England

Ravi Bopara explains to the Match Day team why Joe Root is so valuable to the England one-day side


Should India be concerned about depth of pace attack?

VVS Laxman worries about the lack of alternative pace options available to the India bowling attack


England v India

3rd ODI, Headingley

Ganguly: Dhoni struggling, bat Rahul at No. 4

The former India captain also says there are 'better options than Raina' for the middle-order slots

Kohli reaches career high; Root vaults to second place

Kuldeep breaks into the bowlers' top 10 rankings for the first time, rising to sixth place

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England v India

3rd ODI, Headingley

Morgan, Root trump spin in England’s series win

Root makes 100 not out in unbroken third-wicket stand of 186 with Morgan; Rashid stars with three-for

Bopara: Adaptable Root the key man for England

Ravi Bopara explains to the Match Day team why Joe Root is so valuable to the England one-day side


Overcoming challenges a good World Cup preparation - Eoin Morgan

England captain says the side's ability to adapt to new challenges bodes well for their World Cup campaign


Should India be concerned about depth of pace attack?

VVS Laxman worries about the lack of alternative pace options available to the India bowling attack


Laxman: India will be very disappointed with their bowling and fielding

The Match Day team were surprised to see India so comfortably beaten after impressing in the first ODI


India in England 2018

Test squad announced

India pick Kuldeep, Pant for first three Tests

Rohit Sharma finds no place in the squad, while Karun Nair and Shardul Thakur do

Injured Bhuvneshwar to return to India

The fast bowler is out of contention for the first three Tests with a back condition he aggravated during the third ODI

England Lions v India A

Unofficial Test, Worcester

Curran, Malan press claims as Lions get on top

England Lions drove home their advantage on the third day against India A in Worcester, taking three late wickets after setting a target of 421 to win

Fisher proud of Lions wickets after injury struggles

Matthew Fisher looks back on taking two key wickets for the England Lions on day two against India A


Gubbins 'frustrated' not to reach a century for the Lions

England Lions' Nick Gubbins feels pleased to have batted positively against India A and says batting with Alastair Cook made it easier to score runs.


'A bit of farming can take some credit for me scoring runs' - Cook

England batsman Alastair Cook joked about enjoying his time away from the game but is pleased to be back playing red-ball cricket again.


Vitality Blast

Red Rose rises

Livingstone's best puts Foxes in a spin

Four wickets for Liam Livingstone followed by a violent contribution with the bat set up an untroubled Lancashire win at Grace Road

Gloucs v Sussex

Championship, Division Two

Sussex have edge amid Cheltenham conviviality

A tight finish is in store at Cheltenham so like the revellers in the marquees circling the ground the scoreboard needs to be on its best behaviour

World Cup star in limbo

West Indies news

ECB chairman offers support for Collis King in UK immigration fight

Former West Indies star forced to return to Barbados while applying for a visa to live in the UK alongside his British wife

Eng U19 v SA U19

2nd unofficial Test, Chester-le-Street

Finch claims eight-wicket haul in England U-19s win

England Under-19s produced a brilliant performance to clinch their series against South Africa by winning the second unofficial Test by four wickets

Sri Lanka v South Africa

2nd Test, SSC

Dale Steyn, the greatest fast bowler of the century

A deep dive into numbers from the last 30 years or so reveals that Steyn is among the finest half-dozen quicks to ever play the game

Maharaj hoping to learn from "best in the world" Herath

The South African spinner described the Sri Lankan's consistency as "phenomenal" and said he wanted to incorporate how the older man could turn and slide the ball at will

Shamsi returns to South Africa squad in Sri Lanka

The left-arm wristspinner had left the island earlier in the week for family reasons

World T20 hero calls it a day

Nepal news

Shakti Gauchan to retire after Netherlands tour

The left-arm spinner has announced he will bow out after Nepal's historic ODI debut series next month

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What makes left-arm wristspinners such a threat?

A lot of it is down to rarity - the fact that there are, and have been, so few in the game


Global T20 Canada

What worked and what didn't

Five takeaways from Global T20 Canada

The lukewarm Sandpapergate duo comeback, the emphasis on "Global" rather than "Canada", and all the other talking points from the inaugural season

Twenty20 Vision

The latest from the Vitality Blast

T20 fans struck dumb by the Blast's fatal flaw

Our snippets from the Vitality Blast include the Ed Pollock battle plan and the contrasting fortunes of Aaron Finch and Nic Maddinson

Talking T20: Keeping up with the 18

Dan Norcross and David Hopps tackle the memory test of keeping up with 18 teams in a T20 competition, and Charlotte Edwards looks ahead to the KSL

AB for Coach

South Africa News

De Villiers to South Africa's rescue?

Retired legend could be working in a coaching capacity with the national team in the near future

ODI squad

West Indies news

Russell in ODI squad for first time since 2015

Alzarri Joseph and Kieran Powell have also been recalled to the West Indies side for their three ODIs against Bangladesh

Build-up to India series

England news

Buttler, Root in for Roses clash as England player availability announced

Jos Buttler and Joe Root are set to go head to head in the Blast and Championship, but James Anderson and Stuart Broad will be assessed

England v India

3rd ODI, Headingley

Wood seeks knock-out vibe in series decider

England aim to treat contest as a World Cup semi-final to hone 2019 preparations

The 360 degrees of Wood and Plunkett

England's Mark Wood and Liam Plunkett share their tips on how they vary their bowling to keep batsman guessing.


County Championship

Division Two

Drissell provides Festival cheer as Sussex stumble

The Gloucestershire faithful hailed the advent of a new young spinner at Cheltenham

Ball-tampering fallout

Sri Lanka news

Chandimal to miss four more games over spirit of cricket

Already sitting out of the two SA Tests, he'll miss four ODIs too as the ICC's judicial commissioner imposes harshest possible penalty on SL trio

England v India

2nd ODI, Lord's

India must solve their middle-order muddle

The Lord's defeat showed there remain question marks over India's batting line-up not least around Suresh Raina

Root proves there's no need for him to change

Set alongside the performances of David Willey and Moeen Ali, this was a highly encouraging fightback from England

Sri Lanka v South Africa

1st Test, Galle

Shamsi leaves Sri Lanka tour for family reasons

No date set for his return; uncapped legspinner Shaun von Berg could be in the mix for a debut in the second Test starting Friday

Benkenstein calls for mental preparedness after Galle debacle

The South Africa batting coach put the team's twin collapses in the opening Test down to rustiness from a lack of Test cricket

County stint for Azhar

Pakistan news

Azhar signs for Somerset after Renshaw injury

Azhar Ali, Pakistan's Test opener, will make his first appearances in the County Championship after signing a seven-match deal

WBBL evolution

Australia news

WBBL set for first standalone final on Australia Day

It will be a lunch-time fixture leading into the third day of the January day-night men's Test between Australia and Sri Lanka in Brisbane

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Vitality T20 Blast

North Group

Aaron Finch fires up Surrey's Blast

Catch up with the latest action from the Vitality T20 Blast, with Surrey and Yorkshire enjoying back-to-back wins


Durham survive Hain-de Grandhomme onslaught

The Jets piled up 220 for 6, their second-highest Blast total, built upon an opening stand of 126 in 68 balls between Graham Clark and Tom Latham

Senior pros Bresnan and Patterson deliver victory over in-form Worcestershire

Worcestershire surrendered the last remaining unbeaten record in the competition after reeling off four successive wins


Best of the week

In Case You Missed it: Dhoni gets booed, Sarfraz gets snubbed

The pick of our content from the week gone by

England v India

2nd ODI, Lord's

England spinners turn tables on limp India

Joe Root set the stage for England to draw level in the ODIs, and Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid finished the job

Kohli defends Dhoni after boos at Lord's

The India captain brushed off criticism of the way MS Dhoni had approached the final phase of India's chase in the second ODI

What is your favourite MS Dhoni shot?


Root pleased to see return of 'ruthless' England

Joe Root looks back on a strong England performance at Lord's to level the ODI series against India


ESPN Shorts: Dhoni gets to 10,000 ODI runs

Why MS Dhoni's latest feat is a very impressive one


Are England or India favourites to win the series?

The Match Day team wonders if there's a clear favourite to win the ODI series in the deciding match at Headingley


Laxman: Middle order must do more for India

VVS Laxman says the Indian middle order must take responsibility for failing to continue the good work of the openers at Lord's


West Indies v Bangladesh

2nd Test, Jamaica

Jason Holder's six-for seals 2-0 sweep

The West Indies captain's career-best match figures of 11 for 103 gave West Indies their first series win at home since 2014

'Want to be seen as a genuine allrounder' - Holder

Impressive performances against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have improved Holder's Test numbers dramatically

We couldn't cash in on the easy periods - Tamim

Bangladesh's batsmen have only themselves to blame for their wretched performance in the two Tests against West Indies, according to Tamim Iqbal

High Fives

England-India Tests

Five of India's most memorable Tests in England

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NatWest No Boundaries

Sileby Town v Charlbury

Sri Lanka v South Africa

1st Test, Galle

Dilruwan, Herath rout South Africa in three days

South Africa collapsed to their lowest total since readmission to give the hosts a 278-run win

Karunaratne reveals strategy to tackle spinners

Karunaratne scored 218 on a pitch on which no other batsman could manage a fifty. And this isn't even his most impressive ton in tough conditions

South Africa's attempt to put pressure back on spinners backfired - du Plessis

The South Africa captain explains what else went wrong for his team in Galle, such as the absence of reverse swing

'Sri Lanka were just better' - Faf du Plessis

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis recaps his side's humbling 278-run defeat to Sri Lanka in the first Test


No toss will add more balance to Test cricket - Faf du Plessis

The South Africa captain on his idea for restoring some balance to Test cricket


The 100

English cricket

Big-name England players likely to feature in The 100

A clash with the Test schedule was expected to rule players out of the new tournament but ESPNcricinfo understands space will be made

Vitality Blast

North Group

Lancs v Derbs: Lester impresses after Livingstone's opening salvo

Lancashire have won three in a row and Toby Lester's emergence has strengthened their seam bowling ranks

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25 Questions with Tamim Iqbal

Tamim Iqbal Q&A: 'No way can I beat Mashrafe in a swimming race'

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Vitality Blast

South Group

Sur v Sus: Finch, dropped on one, hits 131* to destroy leaders Sussex

According to the ICC rankings, it was the world's best batsman vs the world's best bowler in front of a sell-out Hove crowd - and the batsman came out on top

Kent v Hants: Billings seals it - but it's Claydon who is soaking up the last-ball nerves

Sam Billings is back in business, but spare a thought for Mitch Claydon as he faces last-ball pressure in 48 hours with bat and ball

Gloucs v Som: Tye strikes back after Australia nightmare

Somerset outdid Gloucestershire a week ago but on a rain-hit return in Bristol they ran into Australian Andrew Tye with a point to prove after a horrific ODI series against England

Vitality Blast

North Group

Brum v Leic: Raine hits second fastest hundred to set suitors abuzz

Ben Raine hit the second-fastest century in English cricket - just 41 balls - as Birmingham Bears suffered a shock at Edgbaston

Worcs v North: Pennington's debut week: four wickets in two overs

Worcestershire's Matthew Pennington only made his Twenty20 debut on Sunday but 4 for 9 in two overs in a nine-over match suggested he could handle it

Der v Not: All-round Christian too much for Derbyshire

The Outlaws skipper made 62 from 40 balls and then took three wickets to condemn the Falcons to a 39-run defeat

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