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Kevin Pietersen plays a scoop

The sad pleasures of the KP sunset

At 36, Kevin Pietersen still exudes the aura of a superstar. It is a pity that international cricket no longer has the benefit of his presence

Shahid Afridi comes up with a cross-batted swat

What is a cameo?

We've all seen them: innings of throwaway flair that transport us. But how exactly do you define one?

Middlesex's players mob Toby Roland-Jones after sealing victory in the County Championship

The discreet charm of the County Championship

The competition retains a certain purity precisely because it is unfashionable and anachronistic, and is not loaded down by the requirements of television and sponsors

On a roll: Eoin Morgan has overseen a successful white-ball summer

Morgan's problem

He has been a galvanising, socialising force in England's limited-overs cricket, but does not enjoy the support that Alastair Cook does

What good are Test rankings?

They don't really provide narrative shape to the uncoordinated mess that is the FTP, but they can occasionally provide a compelling story - as they did this week

Jason Roy walks back after his century

England's batting future is here

The likes of Jason Roy, Sam Billings, Ben Duckett and Daniel Bell-Drummond will fill grounds and keep the game alive for the next generation of fans