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".
Ashes winner John Emburey believes Graeme Swann is England’s best off-spinner in 35 years and can bowl the current holders to victory in Australia.
One time captain Mark Butcher says England's players must get mentally ready for the pressure of an Ashes series and their good form in warm-up matches is "irrelevant".
England’s second string bowling attack sent a timely reminder to the selectors ahead of the opening Test, bowling Australia A out for 230 at the Bellerive Oval, Hobart.
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