England’s Gary Ballance lifts his bat after reaching his century during the third Test  against India at the Rose Bowl cricket ground in Southampton. Photograph: Philip Brown/Reuters

A climbing wall has been installed at the Rose Bowl, alongside the Shane Warne stand: they want to make the Test attractive to young families and all (...)

Alastair Cook of England raises his bat after making 95 on the first day of the second Test against India at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. Photograph:   Michael Steele/Getty Images

England captain Alastair Cook has spoken of his relief, despite falling agonisingly short of his first century in over a year, as he finally felt like(...)

 England’s Alastair Cook remaisn as captain.   Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire.

Alastair Cook will remain as England captain with Jos Buttler in line for his Test debut after being picked in a 13-man squad for the third match of (...)

England’s Joe Root (left) leaves the field after being dismissed as team-mate Stuart Broad looks on during the second cricket test match at Lord’s. Photograph:   Philip Brown/Reuters

England collapsed to a 95-run defeat at Lord’s, to concede a 1-0 Investec series lead and pile ever more pressure on their captain Alastair Cook. The(...)

India’s Bhuvneshwar Kumar (left) bowls as England’s captain Alastair Cook looks on during the second cricket test match at Lord’s cricket ground in London July 20, 2014. Photograph: Philip Brown/Reuters

England face an uphill battle to save the second Test at Lord’s after slumping to 105 for four at the close of yesterday’s fourth day in pursuit of(...)

England’s Stuart Broad (centre) rues a dropped catch off India’s MS Dhoni (right) during day two of the first Investec test match at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. Photograph: Nigel French/PA Wire.

England’s frustrations continued at Trent Bridge as an unbroken last-wicket stand of 87 took India well past 400 by tea on day two of the Investec Tes(...)

 India opening  batsman Murali Vijay survives a run out attempt on the way to scoring a century in the  first Test against England   at Trent Bridge  in Nottingham. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Day one close: India 259-4 England had a very good first day of the series, given the circumstances, perhaps a wicket away from excellent, having been(...)

England’s Alastair Cook watches the presentation after Sri Lanka won the test series.   Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

Geoffrey Boycott has warned England captain Alastair Cook he could be hounded out of his job if his team keeps serving up “the same old rubbish”.The (...)

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews  celebrates reaching his century during day four of the second Test match  at Headingley  in Leeds. Photograph: Dave Thompson/Getty Images

Sri Lanka 257 & 457; England 365 & 57-5Sri Lanka have the whip hand in the second Test at Headingley, the match turned on its head and all but(...)

 Gary Ballance of England hits a six to bring up his Test century on day four of the first  Test against Sri Lanka at Lord’s . Photograph:  Tom Shaw/Getty Images

Until Gary Ballance, with a maiden Test century of immense mental strength, and Chris Jordan, a vibrant addition to the Test match arena, came togethe(...)