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(...)

Alistair Cook and Jonathan Trott helped give England a solid platform to build on in their first innings of the second Test match against the West Indies in Grenada. Photograph: Reuters

Tentatively at first, but with increasing certainty and confidence, Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott added 74 for the first England wicket in the 26 o(...)

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(...)

England practice their catching during the nets session at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Australia. Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA

With its grand central harbour and flocks of strolling pleasure-seekers Sydney tends to have the air of a city of departures and farewells.Not least f(...)

England’s Scott Borthwick bowls during the nets session.

It is either new year or another random day in the calendar. Was it last year when England were dismantled by Australia or merely a few days ago? It i(...)

England’s Matt Prior could lose the gloves to Jonny Bairstow for the fourth Test. Photograph:  Anthony Devlin/PA Wire.

There is no more stirring sight than the walk to the “G” on St Stephen’s Day morning. Three years ago, almost 90,000 people were packed and stacked in(...)

Graeme Swann during an England nets session at the WACA in Perth, Australia. Swann has announced his retirement from the international game. Photo: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

From Cricinfo’s ball-by-ball commentary, the morning of 16 December, Australia against England at the Waca, the last delivery of the 77th over: “Swann(...)

England’s Andy Flower: “We go to Perth and both sides start on nought for nought, and my job is to ensure that the players are as well prepared as possible for that challenge.”

Andy Flower has insisted it is the problems of England’s senior players, rather than his own future as team director, that must be the focus of attent(...)

Mitchell Johnson has words with Stuart Broad and Matt Prior during day four of the second Ashes Test in Adelaide. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

The Ashes combatants tried to make light of a series of ill-tempered exchanges as things turned ugly near the close of a long, hot fourth day in the C(...)