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Deepti Unni
Fowl-weather friend: Jimmy Anderson takes flight after dismissing Virat Kohli for a duck  •  Getty Images

Fowl-weather friend: Jimmy Anderson takes flight after dismissing Virat Kohli for a duck  •  Getty Images

The most exciting contest before the Ashes is here - India and England vs the rain. But between deluges the cricket has been gripping, with Jimmy Anderson rekindling his duel with Virat Kohli and India battling to stay ahead of England's bowlers. In Bangladesh, the hosts are eyeing victory in the T20I series over a struggling Australia, while Pakistan are back home and dry after winning just one match in four T20Is after rain took the remainder. It's been a soggy but full week of cricket. Catch up on it in our round-up.
Shakib Al Hasan and Nasum Ahmed star as Bangladesh record first T20I win over Australia
On a tough batting pitch in the first match, Bangladesh successfully defended their lowest ever T20 total, and followed that up with another win in the second T20I. With three more games to go, it's a final chance for a few Australia players to push for a slot in the T20 World Cup squad - Andrew McGlashan has the list.
Pakistan win series 1-0 after rain forces another washout in Guyana
Three of four T20Is between West Indies and Pakistan were rained out, but Pakistan salvaged in a win in the second T20I despite Nicholas Pooran's 62 off 33 balls.
It's not the coach, captain or players at fault, it's the whole rotten system
England struggled with the bat in the first innings of the first Test against India, a theme that's become depressingly familiar, says George Dobell. But even as news broke of Jofra Archer's unavailability to England for the rest of the year becayse his elbow injury flared up again, workhorse James Anderson rolled on, dismissing Virat Kohli for a golden duck on day two - it's a sign he's as hungry and as potent as ever, says Dobell. Alan Gardner spoke to Sam Curran, who was Player of the Series last time India came around.
Are the India of 2021 better than the India of 2018?
Three years ago, Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri were worried about the side's inability to seize key moments. Have they improved on that front? Nagraj Gollapudi analyses. And Mark Nicholas throws back to the most memorable contests in England-India series past, a list Kohli and Co have the opportunity to add to on this tour.
A year and a half of bio-bubbles: what has it been like for cricket?
Playing during the Covid-19 pandemic has taken a toll on cricketers. Nagraj Gollapudi looks at what the future holds.
Hey India, let your spare batters play for Sri Lanka, please?
Andrew Fidel Fernando can barely tear himself away from Hundred Twitter to make a request to the BCCI in this month's Briefing. He also has four learnings from second-string Sri Lanka's defeat of India in the T20I series.
Did we really need the Hundred?
Ian Chappell says changes to T20 could well have achieved the desired ends instead.
Indians at the Hundred: Jemimah Rodrigues sparkles, slow start for Shafali Verma
How have the Indian contingent at the Hundred performed so far? Smriti Mandhana, Deepti Sharma and Harmanpreet Kaur show good form so far. Vishal Dikshit has an early report card.
Is Wanindu Hasaranga's 4 for 9 the best birthday performance by a bowler?
Also: who has collected the most golden ducks in Tests? If you have questions, Steven Lynch has the answers.
Which player capped their ODI career with a World Cup win?
How much do you know about players' final matches? Take our quiz and find out.

Deepti Unni is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo