England captain  Alastair Cook  knocks the ball in the air before taking a catch to dismiss Australia’s Brad Haddin during the first Test at the Swalec Stadium in Cardiff. Photograph:    Philip Brown/Reuters/Livepic

Day 4: England 430 & 289 beat Australia 308 & 242 by 169 runs Stuart Broad and Moeen Ali led England’s charge to a 169-run victory over Austr(...)

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 (...)

Australia opener Chris Rodgers has apologised for his role in the unsactioned resale of tickets for this summer’s Ashes Test at Lord’s. Photograph: Getty

The Australian opener Chris Rogers offered an apology for his role in the unsanctioned resale of Ashes tickets for this summer’s Test at Lord’s but(...)

Australia’s batsman Steve Smith acknowledges the crowd after scoring his century during his Cricket World Cup semi-final match against India. Photograph: Reuters

For the second successive World Cup the joint hosts will contest the final. Australia against New Zealand, a final of which the organisers might have (...)

India captain MS Dhoni trudges off after being run out by Glenn Maxwell during Australia’s World Cup semi final win over India at the SCG. Photograph: Getty

With blissful ease compared to their cousins across the Tasman Australia cruised into Sunday’s World Cup final in Melbourne.A polished century by the (...)

Shane Watson survived a brutal spell from Pakistan’s Wahab Riaz to help Australia into the World Cup semis. Photograph: Getty

Shane Watson scored a half-century after being dropped on four to guide Australia to an emphatic six-wicket victory over Pakistan in Adelaide on Frida(...)

 Brendan Taylor of Zimbabwe salutes the crowd as he leaves the field after making 138 in his final international match in the World Cup game against India   at Eden Park  in Auckland. Photograph:  Phil Walter/Getty Images

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni welcomed the pressure placed on his team by Zimbabwe in their final cricket World Cup group match at Eden Park on S(...)

Australia’s Glenn Maxwell scored the second fastest century in World Cup history, after Kevin O’Brien.  Photograph: Reuters

Glenn Maxwell scored the second-fastest century in World Cup history as Australia secured their place in the quarter-finals with an exciting 64-run wi(...)

 Kane Williamson and Trent Boult of New Zealand celebrate victory in  the  Cricket World Cup match against  Australia  at Eden Park  in Auckland. Photograph: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

Kane Williamson coolly struck a straight six to give New Zealand a one wicket victory over Australia in a dramatic battle between the cricket World Cu(...)