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  • When Dravid sent an email to Pietersen on how to play spin 2 days ago

    Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen and India batting legend Rahul Dravid were team-mates for the Royal Challengers Bangalore during the second edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), and the Englishman in his recently launched autobiography 'KP', revealed that he sought Dravid's help on how to play spin and also...
  • 'Kevin Pietersen may never play in England again' October 17, 2014

    Ash, England: Kevin Pietersen may have played his last professional game of cricket in England, former international team mate Geraint Jones said on Thursday. South African-born batsman Pietersen, sacked by England at the start of the year, caused a storm of controversy this month when he attacked the national cricket board...
  • England midfielder Ross Barkley close to Everton return October 16, 2014

    Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, who is yet to play this season, has recovered from a knee injury and is close to a first-team return, his manager Roberto Martinez said on Thursday. The Spaniard told reporters that the 20-year-old England international might be ready for Everton's home game against Aston Villa on...
  • Graeme Swann regrets going on Ashes tour to Australia October 16, 2014

    Graeme Swann has insisted he did the right thing quitting midway through England's 5-0 Ashes series thrashing despite Graham Gooch calling the decision "criminal". England great Gooch, the team's batting coach on their woeful 2013/14 tour of Australia, told Britain's Daily Telegraph on Wednesday that the former off-spinner's decision had been...
  • Graham Gooch rubbishes Kevin Pietersen allegations about Andy Flower, Matt Prior October 15, 2014

    London: Former England captain Graham Gooch has rubbished Kevin Pietersen's views in his controversial autobiography about former coach Andy Flower and wicketkeeper Matt Prior and also urged England players led by Alastair Cook to break their silence on the issue in a broader manner. "Kevin Pietersen is entitled to have his...
  • Rio Ferdinand charged by FA over Twitter comment October 14, 2014

    London: Former England centre back Rio Ferdinand has been charged by the Football Association for misconduct following a comment he made on Twitter. "It is alleged the comment posted on his twitter account was abusive and/or indecent and/or insulting and/or improper," the governing body said in a statement. "It is further alleged...
  • Euro 2016: England cruising but little to get excited about October 13, 2014

    London: Nine points from three games in a mediocre Euro 2016 qualifying group means fans can begin to dust off their French phrase books as surely not even England can make a drama out of this one. The expanded format for the next finals has removed any sense of tension from...
  • Former ECB chief slams Kevin Pietersen bullying claims October 13, 2014

    London: Kevin Pietersen's controversial allegations of bullying within the England team have been slammed by former England and Wales Cricket Board chief executive David Collier. Pietersen used his autobiography, which went on general sale on Thursday, to make a series of incendiary claims against a number of figures within the England...
  • Wayne Rooney free kick earns England 1-0 win against Estonia October 12, 2014

    Tallinn: Wayne Rooney curled in a 73rd-minute free kick to earn England a 1-0 win over 10-man Estonia and a third straight victory in qualifying for the 2016 European Championship on Sunday. Playing in his 99th international, the England captain made up for missing two first-half chances by whipping a shot...
  • Kevin Pietersen heaps praise on Rahul Dravid in autobiography October 12, 2014

    London: Maverick England batsman Kevin Pietersen struggled to get along with coaches of his own team most of his playing career and his quest for a "genuine guru" ended in faraway India where, he says, former captain Rahul Dravid made a lasting impact on his technique. In his autobiography 'KP' released...
  • Kevin Pietersen's book has 'tarnished' English cricket, says Alastair Cook October 11, 2014

    London: Denying Kevin Pietersen's claims that a bullying culture had flourished in the England dressing room in recent years, captain Alastair Cook says the maverick cricketer's controversial autobiography has "tarnished" one of the most successful eras for the national team. "I'm very proud of that era we played in to win...
  • Kevin Pietersen accepts England career maybe over October 10, 2014

    Kevin Pietersen conceded Friday he may "potentially" have played his last match for England as the controversy surrounding his autobiography continues. During an intensive publicity campaign, South Africa-born batsman Pietersen -- England's all-time leading run-scorer -- has indicated a wish to resume an international career abruptly cut short in February following...
  • Anderson dismisses Pietersen's bullying culture claims October 10, 2014

    London: England pace spearhead James Anderson has dismissed claims made by Kevin Pietersen in his autobiography that a bullying culture flourished in the team in the recent years and described the developments in the last few days as "sad". The release of KP: The Autobiography this week has been accompanied by...
  • Kevin Pietersen, the misunderstood maverick October 10, 2014

    London: Maverick, innovator, game-changer, big-hitter, showman - accolades that Kevin Pietersen has lapped up ever since he decided to up sticks from his native South Africa and try his luck in England. But when the axe fell on his decade-long England career following last winter's 5-0 Ashes humiliation, everyone involved in...
  • Andrew Strauss laments 'madness' of Kevin Pietersen fall-out October 10, 2014

    London: Andrew Strauss has said English cricket could be damaged by the "madness" surrounding the publication of Kevin Pietersen's autobiography. As Pietersen's book went on general sale on Thursday after a welter of revelations and counter-claims, former England captain Strauss said he was concerned by the impact the accusations have on...
  • Spain crash, England cruise in Euro Qualifiers October 10, 2014

    Paris: Defending European champions Spain suffered their first qualifying defeat in eight years on Thursday when they slumped to a 2-1 loss against Slovakia while England made it two wins in two. Spain, who had opened their Euro 2016 campaign with a 5-1 mauling of Macedonia, exhibited all the faults which...
  • Kevin Pietersen still to discover reason for England axe October 10, 2014

    London: Kevin Pietersen said on Thursday that he had yet to find out why he was sacked by the England and Wales Cricket Board as officials maintained their wall of silence after a deluge of publicity for his controversial autobiography. Pietersen`s decade-long international career, during which time the South Africa-born batsman...
  • England thump San Marino 5-0 in Euro Qualifiers October 10, 2014

    England duly beat San Marino 5-0 to maintain their perfect start to their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign but laboured for long periods against the joint-worst team in the world at a half-full Wembley on Thursday. England went ahead when Phil Jagielka headed home a corner after 24 minutes, doubled their lead...
  • Pietersen open to England return if Clarke leaves ECB job October 9, 2014

    London: As fanciful a scenario as it may seem but Kevin Pietersen says he could yet be open to the idea of coming out of retirement to play for England again if ECB boss Giles Clarke exits the scene. "What would have to happen for me to be recalled by England?"...
  • Told ECB of three players' access to Kevin Pietersen parody handle: Alec Stewart October 9, 2014

    London: Alec Stewart has stood by claims in Kevin Pietersen's autobiography that the former England wicketkeeper had informed the ECB of three English players who had access to the controversial batsman's parody Twitter account. According to Daily Mail, Pietersen in his book wrote that Stewart, a former England captain, had informed...
  • Ricky Ponting backs Kevin Pietersen's 'bullying' claims October 9, 2014

    London: Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has spoken up in support of Kevin Pietersen's allegations of a "bullying" culture within the England team. Pietersen, in one of several controversial claims in his recently-published autobiography, accused England's senior bowlers and wicketkeeper Matt Prior of aggressively demanding apologies from team-mates not in...
  • Kevin Pietersen blames Andy Flower for 'choking' England October 9, 2014

    There were many villains in the England dressing-room but none was bigger than coach Andy Fowler, Kevin Pietersen said as he launched a fresh attack on the man he blames for master-minding a covert operation to get rid of him. Forty-eight hours of Flower-bashing did not seem enough to satisfy Pietersen...
  • English cricket rocked by Kevin Pietersen's allegations October 8, 2014

    Kevin Pietersen was made to wait eight months before having his say on the termination of his turbulent international career with England. The wait is over - and the ramifications of his response are rocking English cricket. The sports agenda in England is being dominated by the fallout from the release of...
  • I am telling my side of the story: Kevin Pietersen October 8, 2014

    Dumped England batsman Pietersen has claimed coach Andy Flower and wicketkeeper Matt Prior were behind an orchestrated campaign to oust him. ...
  • Goal-fest expected in Euro 2016 qualifiers October 8, 2014

    The first "Week of Football" in qualifying for the 2016 European Championship could be a goal-fest for the continent's major powers. The second and third rounds of games in each of the nine groups will be spread from Thursday to Tuesday, with UEFA keen on "shining the spotlight on more teams"...
  • Michael Vaughan slams ECB 'charges' against Kevin Pietersen October 8, 2014

    London: Michael Vaughan ridiculed a leaked England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) report into Kevin Pietersen's alleged misbehaviour during the Ashes whitewash in Australia as the fall-out from the controversial autobiography of England's all-time leading run-scorer showed no sign of stopping. Among the 'offences' of which Pietersen, effectively sacked by England...
  • Pakistan to play India, England in UAE next year October 8, 2014

    Desperately looking to boost its finances, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is counting on back-to-back "home" series against England and India next year in the UAE. "We will be hosting England in October and November in UAE for three tests, five one-day internationals and a T20 match," a board official told...
  • Document surfaces outlining Kevin Pietersen's misbehaviour October 8, 2014

    Kevin Pietersen's monopoly of the airwaves and printed media regarding his claims of bullying in the England cricket team's dressing room ended abruptly on Tuesday with the leaking of an email outlining his poor behaviour on last year's disastrous Ashes series in Australia. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) insisted...
  • Andy Flower always wanted to get rid of me, says Kevin Pietersen October 7, 2014

    Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen claims Andy Flower was a power-crazy coach, who presided over a regime of bullying and "had it in for me" throughout his five-year reign in charge of the national side. Pietersen, who played in 104 tests, has been highly critical of Flower and many of his...
  • No way back for Kevin Pietersen says Nasser Hussain October 7, 2014

    London: Nasser Hussain said there was "no way back" for Kevin Pietersen after England's all-time leading run-scorer launched his autobiography with blistering attacks on wicketkeeper Matt Prior and former coach Andy Flower. The South Africa-born batsman, axed by England earlier this year after the team's 5-0 Ashes thrashing in Australia, claimed...