Flintoff celebrates the wicket of Ricky Ponting. Photo: Tom Shaw/Getty Images

Picking a favourite sporting moment is a difficult task. Picking a favourite moment from the 2005 Ashes series, when England beat Australia for the fi(...)

England Test player Jake Ball visits the Pooldeck at The Gabba in Brisbane, Australia. Photo: Chris Hyde/Getty Images

As England’s plane touched down in Brisbane on Sunday the Australia coach, Darren Lehmann, said: “We love playing here.” It is easy to see why, becaus(...)

While a Test match might remain the sternest challenge of a player’s mental and technical capabilities, the longer form of the sport is now far from being the most lucrative. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland take on Pakistan in their first ever Test match next summer, after being granted full member status by the International Cricket Council (ICC)(...)

Donegal star Michael Murphy will join French Top 14 side Clermont Auvergne as part of ‘The Toughest Trade’. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

‘Clermont Auvergne snap up Donegal star Michael Murphy’ would be an early contender for sports story of the year, or perhaps ‘Former Welsh rugby star (...)

Greatish expectations: Tom Hollander and Stefanie Martini in ‘Doctor Thorne’

If there’s one thing we know by now it’s that Julian Fellowes is a dab hand at writing period dramas. It’s not so long since the dustcovers were put o(...)

England’s Joe Root leaves the field after being dismissed during the first Ashes cricket test match against Australia at Trent Bridge. Photograph:   Philip Brown/Reuters

The first session of the Ashes ended with honours even as England reached 98 for two by lunch at Trent Bridge. Captain Alastair Cook, who chose to ba(...)