A large puddle on the outfield at Old Trafford that eventually ended play on day two of the third Test between England and India. Photograph:   Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Until the rain arrived at Old Trafford a little more than half an hour after lunch the game had moved on significantly, and largely to the advantage o(...)

 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 (left to right) Gary Ballance, Moeen Ali, Ian Bell, Joe Root and Alastair Cook react after Sri Lanka’s last-wicket pair survived to draw the first Test at Lord’s. Photograph: Philip Brown/Reuters

The first Test between England and Sri Lanka at Lord’s ended in the draw for which it appeared to be heading from the end of the first session when th(...)

 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(...)

England’s Gary Ballance celebrates his maiden Test century in the first Test against Sri Lanka. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA

Gary Ballance’s maiden Test century put England back in control of their own destiny in the first Test against Sri Lanka at Lord’s.The hosts lost thei(...)

England’s Eoin Morgan  hasn’t make the squad for the test series against Sri Lanka. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire.

There is no place for Skerries born Eoin Morgan is the England squad for the test series against Sri Lanka. The selectors have picked three uncapped (...)

Jos Buttler of England leaves the field after being run out by Sachithra Senanayake of Sri Lanka during the One Day International match between England and Sri Lanka at Edgbaston. Photograph: Getty Images

Sri Lanka held their nerve to pip England to a 3-2 Royal London Series victory in a controversial decider at Edgbaston. England fought back after Sach(...)

Sri Lanka’s Sachithra Senanayake appeals for the run out of England’s Jos Buttler (not in picture) as umpire Michael Gough (R) signals during the fifth one-day international cricket match at Edgbaston.  Photograph: Philip Brown/Reuters

Controversy took hold at Edgbaston after Sri Lanka’s Sachithra Senanayake angered the crowd by running out golden boy Jos Buttler in questionable circ(...)

Matthew Wade celebrates a wicket with Nathan Coulter-Nile of Australia during  the one-day international against England at the Adelaide Oval. Photograph: by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images

In the end it was perhaps all for the best, as England lost a low-scoring and ultimately rather tense and gripping fifth one-day international by seve(...)

Eoin Morgan of England speaks with Michael Clarke of Australia during game three of the One Day International Series  at Sydney Cricket Ground. Photograph: Brett Hemmings/Getty Images

England did not just lose the Carlton Mid ODI series in Sydney. They may have also lost a captain as Alastair Cook, cutting an increasingly hangdog an(...)