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Jeetan Patel bowls

The plight of the English spin bowler

As England wait on the fitness of Zafar Ansari ahead of the tour of the UAE, the Middlesex spinner, Ollie Rayner, explains why alternatives are thin on the ground

David Warner and Chris Rogers walk out to bat

The 2015 all-Antipodean XI

Which Australian and New Zealand players from the recent tours to England make the cut?

A scorer makes note of the proceedings

No, you did trouble the scorer

Think a batsman making a duck means the scorer only has to put a zero down on their sheet? Not quite

Brian Lara pulls on his way to an unbeaten 153

Remembering Lara's Everest moment

One series against the mighty Australians in 1999 tested the great West Indian's skill and mental resolve to the limit

Debutant Andrew Strauss gets his Test cap from Michael Vaughan

That England, this England

A fan watches England take on New Zealand from the Edrich Upper Stand at Lord's 11 summers apart, and can't help drawing parallels - but back then, England were on a roll

Samuel Beckett speaks

Left? Right? Both

In the run-up to the UK general election, two teams picked from either side of the political divide