Pakistan spinner Yasir Shah  celebrates with team-mates Sarfraz Ahmed and Wahab Riaz after dismissing England’s Adil Rashid  to win the second Test  at Dubai Cricket Stadium. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

In October 1952, Pakistan beat India on a matting wicket in Lucknow to record their first Test victory. Sixty three years on to the very day, in the D(...)

Brad Haddin of Australia plays a pull shot as he helped to rescue the Australian innings on day one of the fifth Ashes test. Photograph: Matt King/Getty Images

Back in the early 1960s, when Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris were in their pomp and hitting back-to back home runs for the New York Yankees, their este(...)

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(...)

England have added Durham leg-spinner Scott Borthwick (pictured) and Kent off-spinner James Tredwell to their squad for the St Stephens’ Day Test against Australia in Melbourne. Photograph: Nigel French/PA Wire

England have called up spinners Scott Borthwick and James Tredwell to their Ashes Test squad following the retirement of Graeme Swann. Uncapped leg-sp(...)

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  bowler Graeme Swann holds a media conference at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to announce his retirement from all international and first-class cricket. Photograph: Joe Castro/EPA

Graeme Swann has called time, with no regrets, on his “magnificent journey” as an England cricketer.Swann’s shock retirement, in the middle of an Ashe(...)

England captain Alastair Cook arrives for an England nets session at Waca in  Perth, Australia, today. Photograph:  Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Alastair Cook has described the third Test as “do or die” for England, though the captain’s cause was immediately hindered when Monty Panesar suffered(...)

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(...)