Joe Root prepares to flay the ball

World Cup 2015

Root struggles to paint healthy picture

To hear Joe Root talk the day after England's latest defea you would have thought they had experienced one bad day. Root suggested it was "not fair" to conclude from recent results that a chasm exists between England and the best ODIs sides. But it is not

Kevin Pietersen failed on NatWest T20 Finals Day

England news

Pietersen wants ECB talks over possible return

Kevin Pietersen has responded to apparently conciliatory comments from the incoming ECB chairman, Colin Graves, by saying he wants to speak to the governing body about a potential England return

Lahiru Thirimanne and Kumar Sangakkara struck centuries

England v Sri Lanka, World Cup 2015, Group A, Wellington

Sangakkara, Thirimanne thrash England

Sri Lanka made a chase of 310 seem like a weekend stroll in the park as Kumar Sangakkara unfurled a majestic hundred, his second of the tournament, alongside Lahiru Thirimanne's fourth ODI ton

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Sarah Taylor lifts over the infield with a Flamingo follow through

NZ v England, 5th Women's ODI, Lincoln

Taylor and Sciver help England seal series

Sarah Taylor and Natalie Sciver struck fifties to underpin a disciplined bowling performance as England sealed the series with a five-wicket win over New Zealand in Lincoln

Mick Newell, England's newest selector, takes fielding drills

County news

Newell proposes regional 'super academies'

Nottinghamshire's director of cricket Mick Newell has risked an outcry among cricket traditionalists by advancing the view that some counties could combine their scouting and coaching resources to form a regional super academy

Yorkshire chairman Colin Graves

England news

'I get to make changes' - Graves

Colin Graves, the ECB chairman, has uncovered diverse views in the CB's consultation exercise over the future direction of cricket in England and Wales. But there will come a time when he will insist on the right to rule