Alastair Cook

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India’s captain, Virat Kohli, on the right, shakes hands with his English counterpart, Alastair Cook, after the end of the last day’s play at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot. Photograph: Amit Dave/Reuters

in Rajkot Lengthening shadows, a cage of catchers around the batsman, the ball fizzing off the five-day-old strip of baked earth and the tantalising (...)

Alastair Cook’s 30th Test match century gave England an outside chance of victory against India in Rajkot. Photograph: Reuters/Amit Dave

Alastair Cook’s 30th Test hundred helped pile the pressure on as India had to hang on against England’s spinners to salvage a draw in the hard-fought (...)

Joe Root’s century helped give England the upper hand in the opening day of the first test against India in Rajkot. Photograph: AP/Rafiq Maqbool

The new old guard showed the way. Joe Root, gliding to his 11th Test century, and Moeen Ali, in his latest habitat as an England batsman at No5, sooth(...)

Eoin Morgan has pulled out of England’s tour to Bangladesh due to security concerns. Photograph: PA

England director Andrew Strauss has expressed his disappointment at the decision of captain Eoin Morgan and opening batsman Alex Hales to pull out of (...)

England’s Moeen Ali hits a boundary on his way to 108 during the first day of the fourth Test between England and Pakistan at the Oval. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

Until the late middle order hauled them out of it during the afternoon, England had dug themselves into the sort of hole that would have had the Harle(...)

England’s Joe Root was named man of the match in the second Test against Pakistan at Old Trafford. Photograph: PA

England overcame the injury-enforced absence of Ben Stokes to trounce Pakistan by 330 runs, with more than a day to spare, and level the Investec seri(...)

 England captain Alastair Cook raises his bat after reaching 10,000 Test runs during day four of the second Test against Sri Lanka at  Chester-le-Street. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

England won the second Test in Durham on Monday and with it the three-match series, just as they had promised to do since bowling Sri Lanka out for 10(...)

England’s Jonny Bairstow celebrates after reaching his hundred in the Test match against Sri Lanka at Headingley in Leeds. Photograph: Getty Images

Jonny Bairstow’s second Test century, and two unstoppable spells from James Anderson, put England in total control against Sri Lanka at Headingley. T(...)

South Africa’s bowler Kagiso Rabada celebrates after dismissing England’s batsman Jonathan Bairstow for a duck. Photograph: Themba Hadebe/AP

With 29 scheduled overs of a rain-interrupted third day to go England were still in the Test, hanging on by the fingernails but with a sniff of a cha(...)

Kagiso Rabada took seven wickets for South Africa to remove England for 342 on day three in Centurion. Photograph: Getty

England’s chances of an unbeaten tour of South Africa took a hefty blow on day three of the fourth Test as 20-year-old tyro Kagiso Rabada ran through (...)

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