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England batsman Ollie Pope pulls the ball  during the opening day of the third Test against South Africa  at St George’s Park in South Africa. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Port Elizabeth: England 224-4 (Z Crawley 44, D Sibley 36, O Pope 33no) v South Africa This was a slow burner of a day – except for those spectators f(...)

 Joe Root reacts as New Zealand’s wicketkeeper BJ Watling  fails to stop the ball to let the England captain  reach his century during day three of the second Test at Seddon Park in Hamilton. Photograph: David Gray/AFP via Getty Images

Day 3 of 5: New Zealand 375 (T Latham 105, D Mitchell 73, BJ Watling 55, R L Taylor 53; S Broad 4-73, C Woakes 3-83, S Curran 2-63) lead England 269-5(...)

England’s Rory Burns celebrates reaching his century during day two of the Ashes Test match at Edgbaston. Photograph:  Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Day 2: Australia 284 (S Smith 144, P Siddle 44, T Head 35; S Broad 5-86, C Woakes 3-58) lead England 267-4 (R Burns 125 no, J Root 57; J Pattinson 2-5(...)

There was a bevy of merry ex-ministers at Lord’s, demob-happy evictees from the Tory cabinet – Greg Clark, David Gauke, Gavin Barwell, and Theresa May(...)

England’s Moeen Ali celebrates the dismissal of Sri Lanka’s captain Suranga Lakmal. Photograph: Ishara S Kodikara/AFP/Getty

England 290 & 346 all out (80.4 overs) beat Sri Lanka 336 & 243 all out (74.0 overs) by 57 runs. The mercurial Moeen Ali, world-class all-rou(...)

Jimmy Anderson celebrates taking the wicket of Mohamed Shami - his 564th victim in Test cricket. Photograph: Paul Childs/Reuters

England 332 & 422-8dec beat India 292 & 345 by 118 runs (England win the series 4-1) Actually Tuesday was not a bad day to be there either. O(...)

England’s Alastair Cook acknowledges the thunderous prolonged ovation as he returns to the pavillion after being dismissed for 147 in his last Test match against India at The Kia Oval in London. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

The Oval was the place to be. For those who crave records, and cricket fans tend to like them, they came and went with the frequency of ticket touts(...)

England’s Moeen Ali is bowled by India’s Ravindra Jadeja Action during the fifth Test at Kia Oval, London. Photograph: Reuters

This Test is a slow burner, which may well ignite come Tuesday night but in the meantime there have been enough subplots to keep us all diverted. The (...)

England’s Alastair Cook walks off the field dejected after being bowled out by India’s Jasprit Bumrah during the Test match at The Kia Oval, London.

England’s Alastair Cook fell short of a dream farewell century as India’s bowlers roared back to leave the hosts reeling on 198-7 at stumps on day one(...)

Alastair Cook will retire from international cricket after England’s final Test against India at th Oval. Photograph: William West/AFP

Alastair Cook has called time on his record-breaking England career and will bow out at the end of the fifth Test with India after admitting “there is(...)

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