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Australia take control of Test after batsmen turn the screw on England

• Australia 284 & 487-7dec; England 374 & 13-0• Steve Smith and Matthew Wade hit tons to build 384-run leadAnd so the English attack was blown to smithereens by you-know-who. Steve Smith, effortlessly taking charge of an increasingly unyielding…

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Steve Smith stands firm again as Australia establish lead against England

• First Test, day three: Australia 284 & 124-3; England 374• Smith unbeaten on 46 and looking ominousYet again Steve Smith is the obstacle driving the English to distraction. While he is still at the crease nothing can be guaranteed. In front of an…

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Rory Burns’ maiden Test century puts England on top against Australia

• First Test, day two: Australia 284; England 267-4• Surrey opener bats all day to end unbeaten on 125Here was a reminder of the old pro’s mantra, with which it’s hard to argue – “it’s not how but how many that matters”. By common consent, which includ…

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Smith’s century rescues Australia on first day of Ashes despite Broad’s burst

• First Test, day one: Australia 284; England 10-0• Smith’s 144 drives recovery from 122-8; Broad takes five wicketsSteve Smith is on the periphery no more. On his return to Test cricket with his side deep in the doldrums he struck his 24th Test centur…

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England thrash Australia to reach their fourth Cricket World Cup final

• England hammer Australia by eight wickets• Australia reduced to 14-3 at one point as England dominate• Latest reaction as England go into Cricket World Cup finalEngland’s passage to the World Cup final was faintly ridiculous. Semi?finals are suppose…

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Virat Kohli steels India for dramatic finale after Curran revives England

• First Test, day three: England 287 & 180; India 274 & 110-5• Kohli 43 not out with India needing 84 runs to win first TestFasten your seatbelts for a thrilling finale. Forget the flaws that are all too evident on both sides and savour a delic…

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Joe Root’s run out sparks England collapse as India grab edge in first Test

• Captain run out as hosts end opening day on 285 for nine• Ashwin takes four wickets including Buttler for a duckAnother moment of Yorkshire disharmony undermined England at Edgbaston, an innocent mistake that suddenly upset a day which seemed to be s…

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England overwhelm West Indies as Stuart Broad passes Ian Botham’s mark

England, 514-8, beat West Indies, 168 & 137, by an innings and 209 runs
• 19 wickets fall on day three of first Test, England’s inaugural day-night match

The end was swift, cacophonous and melodramatic. On a day when 19 wickets fell, all of them West Indian, England sped to victory by an innings and 209 runs; Stuart Broad became the second-highest wicket-taker among Englishmen, overtaking Sir Ian Botham, as Joe Root’s team earned themselves a couple of days off, during which the pace bowlers will be keen to emphasise that rotation really is not such a good idea. They all want to bowl against these tourists. So from an English perspective there is much to celebrate.

Related: Joe Root ‘extremely privileged’ to play with England history-makers

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Alastair Cook’s mighty 243 puts England firmly in control against West Indies

• First Test, day two: England 514-8 dec; West indies 44-1
• Cook reaches his fourth double Test century

The great players tend to play in the same way whatever the situation. Hence anyone meandering into Edgbaston on Friday afternoon when the electronic scoreboard was dutifully satisfying some sponsor rather than showing the relevant numbers would have had no real idea about the state of the game.

Related: England v West Indies: day-night Test at Edgbaston, day two – as it happened

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Cook and Root shine for England against West Indies in day-night Test

First Test, day one: England 348-3 v West Indies
• Cook unbeaten on 153; Root out late for 136

The game was not transformed by all the hullaballoo about the unusual format. No matter what time it starts class will out. So it was that Joe Root cruised to his 13th Test century against a friendly West Indies attack with Alastair Cook dutifully following in his captain’s wake with his 31st hundred. Their efforts ensured that the England players went to bed – soon after the close of play one assumes – in charge of the game. When the floodlights were turned off England were 348 for three.

Root and Cook have played long enough not to be apologetic about taking runs from one of the weaker bowling line-ups on the Test circuit. They ruthlessly sensed their opportunity to make hay in the afternoon sunshine. Root reached his century just before “tea” was taken at 6.40pm, Cook calmly registered his after the interval under the floodlights against the old pink ball, which was showing little inclination to misbehave.

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England’s carefree Eoin Morgan and Ben Stokes ensure Australia exit

Group A: Australia 277-9; England 240-4
• England win by 40 runs (DLS method)

This England side are dangerous when they play with freedom, as Australia discovered in the West Midlands Colosseum. And this was a free game for them. Unlike the rest of the teams in this tournament they were already assured of their semi-final slot at the start of play, which may have helped to account for the flamboyant, carefree manner in which they sent Australia packing. This outcome means that Bangladesh will be contesting the Edgbaston semi-final on 15 June.

Needing 278 to win England were propelled by a blistering partnership between Eoin Morgan and Ben Stokes. The margin of victory was dictated by the DLS method after yet more rain in Birmingham. But at least there was a proper result this time, England winning by 40 runs. They were 240-4 with 9.4 overs remaining when play was suspended.

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Warwickshire defeat Somerset to book place in Royal London Cup final

• Warwickshire 284-4 v Somerset 276-9
• Victory by eight runs sends Ian Bell’s side through to final against Surrey

Warwickshire’s old internationals dictated the course of an absorbing semi-final won by the home side by eight runs. Ian Bell hit an unbeaten 94 that was measured until the final over of Roelof van der Merwe’s spell when he took 16 from three balls.

Jeetan Patel, the Kiwi off-spinner, but now a much-loved adopted son of Brum, then picked up five wickets, all of them lbw, to derail Somerset’s run chase. So Warwickshire now meet Surrey in the final at Lord’s on 17 September.

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Steven Finn left frustrated and wicketless after bowling at tail | Vic Marks

The England bowler was given the opportunity of bowling at Pakistan’s lower order at Edgbaston but remains without a wicket in the series

A tune probably not sung frequently by fast bowlers as they return to their mark would be Que Sera Sera. Of course there have been pacemen both poetical and philosophical, musing on the absurdities of our summer game. John Snow had two books of poetry published; Frank Tyson, a graduate in English literature, is said to have quoted Wordsworth at batsmen rather than sledging them; our esteemed cricket correspondent has written many thousands of elegant words about the vagaries of bowling fast for a living.

However I hazard a guess that even this illustrious trio sometimes failed to recognise the bright side of life when their just desserts were not delivered out on the field of play. Their anguish might stem from a streaky batsman, a questionable umpiring decision or a dropped catch. As they harrumphed back to their mark after the latest injustice they were seldom heard mumbling “Ah well, whatever will be, will be”.

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Pakistan think-tank’s pre-Test decisions are starting to pay off handsomely

Team changes from Old Trafford have both worked rather well and the decision to insert England after winning the toss looks to have been an inspired oneIt was not a good day for Joe Root to spill a catch at second slip, the sort that he was plucking ou…

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Alastair Cook asks for time after Englands latest humbling by India

Captain still targeting World Cup success after series loss We have six months of one-day cricket to put it right Ajinkya Rahane leads Indias nine-wicket romp Continue reading…

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India humiliate England again as Ajinkya Rahane leads nine-wicket romp

England 206; India 212-1 India win by nine wickets to take unassailable 3-0 series lead Continue reading…

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England batsmen must show less respect and attack the Indian spinners

Alastair Cook has acknowledged Englands batsmen struggled against Indias spin bowlers and Edgbaston, where they meet for the fourth ODI, is often a haven for that type of bowling Continue reading…

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Andrew Flintoffs display in T20 Blast could reignite his cricket career

Lancashire may give former England all-rounder a bigger role Opportunities to play T20 in South Africa or Australia Continue reading…

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Andrew Flintoff sprinkles stardust but falls short of fairytale final

Flintoff struck two sixes but Lancashire lost by four runs Former England all-rounder also took a wicket at Edgbaston Continue reading…

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Andrew Flintoff tests Warwickshires nerve in NatWest T20 Blast final

Warwickshire 181-5; Lancashire 178-8 Warwickshire win by four runsFor the first time Warwickshire won the NatWest T20 Blast trophy by defeating Lancashire by four runs. Their victory was richly deserved and celebrated with gusto on their home ground, …