England capitulated to 103 all out to hand Australia a 405 run win in the second Ashes Test match at Lord’s. Photograph: Afp

England descended to an embarrassing 405-run defeat inside four days at Lord’s as Mitchell Johnson hastened their collapse and Australia levelled the (...)

 Mitchell Johnson took the wickets of Gary Ballance and Joe Root as Australia dominated the second day of the second Ashes Test at Lord’s. Photograph: PA

Australia have the second Test by the throat. After Steve Smith had consolidated his first day efforts by making 215 before he was lbw reverse sweepin(...)

England batsman Mark Wood hits a six off Australia spin bowler Nathan Lyon  during the first  Ashes Test at the Swalec Stadium in Cardiff. Photograph:   Nick Potts/PA

Close Day 3: England 430 & 289 lead Australia 308 by 411 runs There can be a fine line between controlled aggression and recklessness, and for a (...)

England batsman  Joe Root in action on his way to a century during the first day of the first Ashes Test against Australia in Cardiff. Photograph:     Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

Close of Day 1: England 343-7 There are, a consensus has it, four outstanding young batsmen in the world today, playing, in all forms of the game, at (...)

England bowler Stuart Broad  celebrates as wicketkeeper Jos Buttler catches New Zealand batsman  Ross Taylor down the legside during day three of the first Test at Lord’s. Photo: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

England are battling to stay in contention at Lord’s, and avoid a false start to their Ashes summer, after conceding a 134-run first-innings advantage(...)

New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson in action against England during day two of the first Test at Lord’s. Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA

Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor mastered a lifeless England attack to lift New Zealand to 303 for two at the close on the second day of the first Test(...)

New Zealand’s Matt Henry celebrates taking the wicket of England’s Joe Root on 98 during day one of the first Test at Lord’s.  Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA  .

Cricket days like this are heaven-sent. Sunlit Lord’s, chattering crowd, shirtsleeve order in the pavilion, flags hanging lifeless on the poles, and i(...)

Alistair Cook made his first century since 2013 as the West Indies enjoyed the better of day one of the third test in Barbados. Photograph: Afp

For one England batsman the return journey is complete. For another there is utter desolation when renaissance was all he craved. It was shortly after(...)

Chris Jordan took a stunning one handed catch at slip to remove Darren Bravo late on in the fourth day of the first test in Antigua. Photograph: Reuters

There came a point either side of tea when it was easy to gain the impression that this Test match was primarily about getting Jimmy Anderson to a rec(...)

Alistair’s run without a century continued as he was bowled out cheaply again in England’s second innings against the West Indies at Antigua/ Photograph: Inpho

Until Jerome Taylor went on the rampage it seemed as if England had the upper hand in the first Test. On a pitch that appeared to be getting slower by(...)