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Chris Gayle smashes down the ground

England v West Indies, 4th ODI, The Oval

West Indies' chance to exploit rocked England

The fourth ODI is unlikely to be the major talking point at The Oval, but West Indies must win to give themselves something to play for at the end of the tour

Alastair Cook has spearheaded Essex's title challenge

Specsavers Championship: Essex's title

Why Essex shocked English cricket: five key factors

Essex's anticipated title win has been perhaps the biggest surprise in the Championship since the advent of two divisions. Here we look at some of the key factors on their road to the pennant

Shaun Marsh is stumped by Surrey's Ben Foakes

Surrey v Yorkshire, Specsavers Championship Division One, Kia Oval, 3rd day

Yorkshire plunge into relegation crisis after follow-on

The threat of a final-day defeat at Kia Oval, plus signs of a Somerset revival in the west, have put Yorkshire's top-flight status in jeopardy

James Anderson removed Shai Hope for his fifth wicket

England v West Indies, 3rd Investec Test, Lord's, 3rd day

England can do 'something really special' - Root

Having overseen back-to-back Test series wins in his first summer in charge - the first time England have beaten both touring sides since 2013 - Joe Root was in understandably upbeat mood

James Anderson added Jermaine Blackwood to his haul

England v West Indies, 3rd Investec Test, Lord's, 3rd day

Anderson seven-for leads England to series

Lord's basked in sunshine on a cool September afternoon as England eased to a nine-wicket win in the third Investec Test

Learie Constantine and Jack Hobbs share a laugh


A colossus named Connie

Learie Constantine's influence on life and cricket in the West Indies and in his adopted home, England, went far beyond his deeds on the field