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Joe Root and Alistair Cook after England’s heavy second Test defeat in Vizag. Photograph: Reuters/Danis Siddiqui

So often it is the hope that gnaws away at you. During that three-hour opening partnership between Alastair Cook and Haseeb Hameed on Sunday night hop(...)

Virat Kohli’s unbeaten 50 put India in a dominant position in Vizag. Photograph: Reuters/Danish Siddiqui

England fought back with bat and ball but were still bracing themselves for an improbable rearguard in the second Test as India took their lead to 298(...)

Virat Kohli’s unbeaten 151 put India firmly in control after the first day of the second Test against England. Photograph: Reuters/Danish Siddiqui

India 317-4 (India won the toss and chose to bat) The engine started coughing in mid-afternoon and there was no nice man in a van to come to the resc(...)

England’s team captain Alastair Cook bats on the fifth day of the first cricket test match between India and England in Rajkot, India, Sunday, November  13th. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

For the second match in succession England will play on a new Test ground and that brings many virtues. Here on the outskirts of a city that sits alon(...)

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 (...)

England players celebrate the wicket of Indian batsman Amit Mishra on the third day of the first Test against India in Rajkot, India. Photograph: AP Photo

Assistant coach Paul Farbrace hailed an “outstanding day” for England after seeing the tourists fight back with two late wickets on day three of the f(...)

England’s Ben Stokes kicks the ball away from the stumps during day two of the first Test against India in  Rajkot. Photograph: Amit Dave/Reuters

First Test day two: England 537 v India 63-0 If Dhaka and Chittagong offered a feast for bowlers, Rajkot, at least for two days, has delivered a fam(...)

England coach Peter Moores, whose tenure seems to be coming to an end, leaves Malahide Cricket Club after his side’s ODI against Ireland was washed out. Photograph: Getty

Storm clouds – for Ireland literal, England metaphoric – summed up a bizarre and frustrating day of cricket at Malahide on Friday, with just 18 ove(...)