England moved to within touching distance of retaining the Ashes as Tim Bresnan spearheaded another impressive bowling display on the third day at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Jonathan Trott’s unbeaten 141 took England to a position of enormous strength at the end of a controversial second day in the fourth Ashes Test at Melbourne.
Sachin Tendulkar is determined to continue his record-breaking form after becoming the first batsman to score 50 Test centuries.
South Africa’s seamers sent England an almost perfect instruction manual for dismantling the India batting line-up in the first innings of the first Test in Centurion.
World number one Test side India are playing for reputation rather than ranking points on their three Test tour of South Africa - their last series before touring England in 2011.
Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara has replaced India’s Sachin Tendulkar as the top batsman in Test cricket.
To celebrate the start of the eagerly anticipated Ashes series in Australia, MCC and the Cricket Foundation have launched a series of exciting new Ashes quizzes for school children in England and Australia to enjoy.
England were largely expected to dominate against their hosts but found the going tough in difficult conditions - with matches postponed and rearranged because of poor weather.
Inspired by Rahul Dravid, India hammered New Zealand by an innings and 198 runs in Nagpur to extend their unbeaten run to nine consecutive Test series.
Leg-spin bowling legend Shane Warne says England are not the favourites ahead of the forthcoming Ashes and will "struggle to take 20 wickets".
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