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  • Graeme Swann labels Kevin Pietersen's book 'fiction' October 7, 2014

    Former England team mate Graeme Swann began the backlash against Kevin Pietersen's new book on Monday by labelling it "the biggest work of fiction since Jules Verne". Speaking at an awards ceremony at Lord's, Swann denied accusations that he was part of a clique of bowlers guilty of what Pietersen called...
  • I didn't betray Strauss with texts, says Pietersen October 6, 2014

    Kevin Pietersen says he did not betray Andrew Strauss by sending text messages about the former England captain to rival players, in his autobiography released to the media on Monday. Pietersen revealed he had an angry telephone exchange with Strauss after reports emerged that he had criticised the skipper in...
  • Kevin Pietersen claims 'bullying' hurt England dressing room October 6, 2014

    Dumped England batsman Kevin Pietersen has slammed his former team managers for allegedly allowing a culture of 'bullying' to develop and claimed coach Andy Flower and wicketkeeper Matt Prior were behind an orchestrated campaign to oust him. In an interview with Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper on the launch of his autobiography,...
  • Test cricket is slowly going to fizzle out, fears Andrew Strauss October 3, 2014

    London: Former England captain Andrew Strauss has said the skewed distribution of power among the India-led big three in ICC can lead to a situation in future when the "rich will only get richer and the poor poorer". Following the revamp in International Cricket Council, India, England and Australia now effectively...
  • Anderson says England always had faith in Cook October 2, 2014

    London: England's players were convinced Alastair Cook was always going to captain them at next year's World Cup, senior paceman James Anderson said. During the course of the recent English season Cook faced calls to be replaced as both Test and one-day captain after the opener struggled for runs in both...
  • Sturridge won't be fit for England, says Rodgers October 1, 2014

    Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge won't be fit to play in England's Euro 2016 qualifiers against San Marino and Estonia next week, according to his club manager Brendan Rodgers. He has not played since August due to a groin problem suffered in an England training session, which prompted an angry Rodgers to...
  • Alastair Cook to lead England at World Cup September 24, 2014

    England captain Alastair Cook will lead the side at next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand after being named on Wednesday as skipper for an upcoming one-day international series in Sri Lanka on Wednesday, national selector James Whitaker confirmed. "He will be our leader at the World Cup," Whitaker...
  • Ravindra Jadeja row went too far: James Anderson September 21, 2014

    London: Reflecting on his infamous altercation with Indian allrounder Ravindra Jadeja, England pace spearhead James Anderson said the matter that brought a great deal of stress to him "went too far" and could have been dealt with on the day of the incident itself. "I felt it went too far...
  • Jonathan Trott denies Mitchell Johnson caused Ashes exit September 21, 2014

    London: England batsman Jonathan Trott insisted Saturday that Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson was not responsible for his early exit from England's Ashes tour as he criticised Michael Vaughan's reaction to his health problems. When Trott quit what turned out to be a 50 Ashes thrashing by Australia after twice falling...
  • Scottish referendum: 4.2 million people registered to vote September 19, 2014

    The crucial result of the Scottish referendum will be known only after the counting of votes gets over. 4.2 million people had registered to vote, making this the largest electorate ever in Scotland. If Scotland decides to leave the United Kingdom, it leaves behind England, Wales and Northern Ireland. A...
  • Watch: Scotland's currency dilemma September 18, 2014

    The people of Scotland will vote on Thursday whether to seek independence from the United Kingdom. In the final few days of campaigning for Scottish independence, currency is one of the big campaign battlegrounds. CNN's Nina Dos Santos takes a look at why it is causing so many disagreements. ...
  • Polls open in historic Scottish independence vote September 18, 2014

    Edinburgh: Polls have opened across Scotland in a referendum that will decide whether the country leaves its 307yearold union with England and becomes an independent state. More than 2,600 polling places will be open on Thursday from 7 am (0600GMT, 2 am EDT) until 10 pm (2100GMT, 5 pm EDT). Turnout is...
  • Jonathan Trott ready for England return September 17, 2014

    England batsman Jonathan Trott said on Tuesday that he was ready for an international recall. Trott dramatically quit the Ashes tour of Australia last year following the first Test in Brisbane, citing a stressrelated illness, and has not played for England since. However, the 33yearold South Africaborn righthander has returned to county...
  • Heart drug could be cure for Ebola: British experts September 14, 2014

    London: Researchers at the University of Liverpool have made a breakthrough that can lead to a cure for the deadly Ebola virus currently sweeping through West Africa, media reports said. The university has said the experts stumbled across an existing drug used in the treatment of severe heart disease, which could...
  • I took pedalo for drink with Botham, reveals Flintoff September 12, 2014

    Former England cricketer Andrew Flintoff has revealed that his notorious encounter with a pedalo during the 2007 World Cup was a failed attempt to enjoy a nightcap with Ian Botham. Flintoff was fined and banned for one match by thenEngland coach Duncan Fletcher after the drunken incident in the Caribbean,...
  • Frustrated Brendan Rodgers slams England's treatment of Daniel Sturridge September 11, 2014

    London: Daniel Sturridge's thigh strain "could have been prevented" and the FA must do more to protect international players from injury, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said on Thursday. Striker Sturridge played 89 minutes of England's 10 friendly win over Norway at Wembley last Wednesday before returning to training 36 hours later...
  • England coach Moores prolongs Cook's World Cup limbo September 9, 2014

    Birmingham: Alastair Cook faces a wait to discover if he will captain England at next year's World Cup, according to coach Peter Moores. Cook's position as both captain and an opening batsman in oneday internationals has been the subject of fevered debate and this intensified during England's recent 31 home ODI...
  • Ravi Shastri backs Duncan Fletcher, calls him strong character September 9, 2014

    London: His report will decide Duncan Fletcher's future as India's cricket coach and Ravi Shastri, who served as Team Director during the justconcluded limited overs series against England, has put his weight behind the underfire Zimbabwean by calling him a "solid character". Speaking to 'ESPNCricinfo', Shastri lavished praise on Fletcher, who...
  • Spain, England open with wins in Euro qualifiers September 9, 2014

    London: Spain looked back to their old self in opening their European Championship qualifying campaign by running over Macedonia, while England took control of their group by beating biggest rival Switzerland on the road. Here is a look at Monday's qualifying games around Europe: GROUP C: Spain overcame a few nervous moments to...
  • MS Dhoni keeps mum on booing of England players September 8, 2014

    Birmingham: In no mood to be drawn into a controversy at the end of an exhausting tour, Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni steered clear of queries on England's cricketers, especially spinner Moeen Ali, getting booed on home turf during the oneoff Twenty20 match. India's tour of England drew to a close...
  • Too late to sack Cook as ODI captain, says Ashley Giles September 8, 2014

    London: The clamour for his sacking as England's ODI captain has grown shrill after the debacle against India but former coach Ashley Giles feels it is too late to do this as the World Cup is just five months away. "I'd keep him as captain because we're close to the World...
  • MS Dhoni takes blame for T20 loss in Birmingham September 8, 2014

    Birmingham: India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni took the blame for his side's narrow threerun loss to England in the oneoff Twenty20 international after failing to finish off the game in the last over. India were set a target of 181 runs but they could only score 1775 despite Virat Kohli's first...
  • Eoin Morgan glad to leave England all smiles after T20 win September 8, 2014

    London: Standin skipper Eoin Morgan said he hoped England's thrilling threerun Twenty20 win over India in their final home international match of the season would spur the team on to greater heights ahead of the World Cup. Morgan, leading the side in the absence of injured allrounder Stuart Broad, produced...
  • Dhoni's poor judgement cost India T20 against England September 8, 2014

    Birmingham: Mahendra Singh Dhoni's poor judgement in refusing singles in two balls in the last over saw India going down by three runs to England in a thrilling finish in the oneoff Twenty20 international at Edgbaston here Sunday. A blistering 71 off 31 balls from captain Eoin Morgan helped England post...
  • Dhoni wants India to learn from England experience September 8, 2014

    London: India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said he hoped the younger players in his side would learn from their time in England after a tour of mixed fortunes ended with a dramatic Twenty20 defeat. It looked as if India, who lost the fivematch Test series 31 but recovered to win the...
  • We had a good chance to win but it didn't pay off, says MS Dhoni September 8, 2014

    Birmingham: India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni defended his unsuccessful decision of not rotating the strike in the last over against England in the Only T20 International, saying he "backed himself to go for it". "The last couple of deliveries Rayudu (Ambati) didn't middle so I thought I will back myself to...
  • Only T20: Kohli's cameo in vain as England beat India by 3 runs September 7, 2014

    Virat Kohli's first halfcentury of a wretched tour came on India's last day in England but still it wasn't enough as the hosts managed to hold on for a close threerun win in the oneoff Twenty20 International at Edgbaston on Sunday. England, powered by skipper Eoin Morgan's 31ball 71 and India's...
  • Duncan Fletcher's fate to be decided by Ravi Shastri's report: sources September 7, 2014

    Chennai: Underfire India cricket coach Duncan Fletcher's fate at the top job is expected to be decided by the BCCI after it receives Team Director Ravi Shastri's report on the England tour, the Board said on Sunday. Fletcher, who was appointed coach in April 2011, came under intense criticism from several...
  • As it happened: England vs India, Only T20 at Edgbaston September 7, 2014

    (For ballbyball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page) The odd loss in the final ODI notwithstanding, India are expected to hold an edge as the visitors seek to bring the curtains down on what has been a mixed tour, with a victory in the only T20 international against...