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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

Dilruwan Perera is congratulated by Dinesh Chandimal after a wicket

Testing times for Sri Lanka

Given Sri Lanka's long struggle to attain Test status, the demotion of the five-day format to an inconvenient sideshow is particularly galling

England cricket

Rejigged county schedule to England's rescue?

Mike Selvey, in the Guardian believes the change in structure of the English county season will help in preparing the national side for the summer ahead.