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'Nothing behind' England spot-fixing claims, says Mark Wood
England fast bowler Mark Wood has dismissed accusations of corruption made in an Al Jazeera investigation as "like the boy who cried wolf"

Sri Lanka seek to convert slim pickings to series consolation
England are targetting a 4-0 series win, but may field a much-changed side in the final and final match of the rubber

ICC appeals for information, England brush off new spot-fixing allegations
Al Jazeera's latest documentary has claimed that up to 15 international matches in the 2011-12 period had been subject to spot-fixing

Jonny Bairstow ruled out of fifth ODI, one-off T20I with ankle injury
Jonny Bairstow has been ruled out of the remaining limited-overs games on England's tour of Sri Lanka and could be in doubt for the Test series

Dasun Shanaka rues the opportunities that slipped away for Sri Lanka
Another defeat for Sri Lanka was mitigated by the knowledge that the game had turned on a couple of key moments

England seal series with latest comfortable DLS victory
Sri Lanka overcame their-now traditional mini-collapse to post a respectable 273 for 7, but it was not enough to deny England another comfortable victory

The runners and riders in the race to be the England team director
ESPNcricinfo runs its eye over the stand-out candidates for the role that Andrew Strauss recently vacated

Jonny Bairstow an injury doubt for 4th ODI after damaging ankle
Opener injures right ankle during England's training session and may be replaced by Alex Hales

Samarawickrama pleads for patience as Sri Lanka seeks form resurgence
Opener seeks improvements on match-by-match basis after team's two years in the doldrums

No regrets for Liam Plunkett after putting wedding ahead of England duty
Fast bowler has lost his starting berth to Olly Stone, but insists he's comfortable with competition for places

Confident England seek to close out rain-impacted ODI series
England have taken an unassailable 2-0 series lead, and now have a rare win in Asia in their sights

Tom Curran's comeback puts brothers back on course for all-format dominance
With Sam now a fixture in England's Test set-up, the time is drawing nigh when both Currans take the field together

'You can't win a 21-over match with 150 on the board' - Niroshan Dickwella
Sri Lanka's big hitter admits he's falling short of his potential at the top of the order

Eoin Morgan guides chase in shortened game as England go 2-0 up
England have taken a 2-0 series lead over Sri Lanka after victory in another rain-affected match in Pallekele

ECB defends tour scheduling amid washout threat
Each of England's five matches on their tour of Sri Lanka has been affected by monsoonal weather

Moeen Ali ready to rush his bowling, but not his thinking, as more rain looms in third ODI
England's spinners had to beat the rain in the second ODI, and more of the same may be required at Pallekele

Can Sri Lanka get out of their rut?
Both teams have lost players to injury as the series moves to Pallekele with England 1-0 up

Liam Dawson ruled out of tour, Joe Denly called up
The allrounder has picked up a side strain and will be replaced in the squad

'Nice to see batsmen ducking and diving' - Olly Stone
England's newest quick Olly Stone is targeting a run into their World Cup plans

Olly Stone's rise gives Eoin Morgan another 'good headache'
The performance of young quick Olly Stone in Dambulla may have pushed him up a long queue to be involved in England's World Cup squad

New-ball bowlers deliver England DLS win after Lasith Malinga five-for
Chris Woakes and Olly Stone hobbled the Sri Lanka chase before the rains returned in Dambulla

Hamidullah Qadri, Ben Charlesworth in England Young Lions squad
England have named Derbyshire's Afghanistan-born spinner Hamidullah Qadri in their 18-man Young Lions squad for winter training camps in the UK and India

Joe Root keen for England to continue their spin revolution
Over the last three years, the ODI side that has fared the best against spin is India. Second on that list, and only by a whisker, are England

Teams prepare to battle Sri Lanka's monsoon season again
Sri Lanka and England will be hoping for better weather in Dambulla after rain limited them to 15 overs of play in the first ODI

Jason Roy ready to counter early trial by spin
Sri Lanka opted for two quicks with the new ball in the opening ODI but it would be no surprise to see that tactic change

Heavy rain, wet outfield forces abandonment
Sri Lanka's monsoon season was the only winner in Dambulla as the first ODI was abandoned after just 15 overs of play

Can Sri Lanka emerge from chaos against world's best one-day team?
England are without a couple of first-choice pace bowlers but bring a formidable batting line-up against a struggling home team

You have a target on your back being No. 1 - Jos Buttler
Previous England sides have toured Sri Lanka with trepidation, but not this one which has risen to the top of the rankings

Eoin Morgan would be willing to drop himself at World Cup
The England one-day captain would not let personal achievements stand in the way of team success

Mark Wood hopes lengthened run-up will lengthen his run in England ODI side
Fast bowler seeks sustained run of match fitness ahead of England's five-match ODI series in Sri Lanka

Want to become one of the first bowlers on the teamsheet - Tom Curran
Injury kept Tom Curran out of England's one-day side throughout the home season and he is desperate to make up for lost time with the World Cup looming

Washout leaves England short of acclimatisation in demanding conditions
The remaining players in England's squad had hoped for a run out, but the P Sara ground was left saturated by heavy rain

Moeen Ali ready to embrace expectation in Sri Lanka
Spin is likely to play a key part of the one-day series and Moeen Ali settled into his work nicely with a three-wicket haul

Ambidextrous Kamindu Mendis enlivens England warm-up saunter
The left-arm/right-arm spinner couldn't prevent Joe Root and Eoin Morgan finding their form in England's first outing of the tour

Concerns over Katherine Brunt's fitness led to England squad flexibility for World T20
Premier allrounder is managing a back problem and may not be fit, says head coach Mark Robinson

Joe Denly claims PCA Players' Player of the Year award
Ollie Pope was named Young Player of the Year and Sophie Ecclestone won Women's Player of the Summer

Nick Compton announces retirement from cricket
Nick Compton was capped 16 times in Tests for England, playing his part in memorable series wins in India and South Africa

England ready to 'grit it out' in Sri Lanka, says Jonny Bairstow
England have honed a reputation as one of the most big-hitting ODI sides around, but they are prepared to play a more measured game in Sri Lanka if conditions dictate

Three uncapped players in England's Women's World T20 squad
England have named three uncapped players in their squad of 15 for the Women's World T20 in the Caribbean next month

Roles reversed as focused England keep eyes on World Cup prize
After an abject tour of Sri Lanka in 2014, England return to find their hosts in a state of flux this time

Andrew Strauss steps down as director of England cricket
Former England captain Andrew Strauss to spend more time with family while his wife Ruth undergoes treatment for cancer

England best all-round side in 'any conditions' - Kumar Sangakkara
He says that Sri Lanka's chances in Tests depend on Herath and the ability of the batsmen to post a good first-innings total

Had to start enjoying cricket again, my career was fading away - Joe Denly
Joe Denly's form suffered after he was dropped in 2010 but he has rediscovered his love for the game and could get his Test chance in Sri Lanka

Sarah Taylor to miss World T20 with anxiety condition
Mutual decision reached with England management after tough winter schedule is taken into account

Adil Rashid, Sam Curran, Jos Buttler earn ECB Test contracts
Ten Test contracts and 13 white-ball deals announced by England for the 2018-19 season

Jason Roy named in England Lions four-day squad
The Lions will also play a series of white-ball matches against Pakistan A in the UAE

Moeen Ali needs to believe he's a Test-class spinner - Graeme Swann
England's win over India will mean nothing if they don't beat an out-of-sorts Sri Lanka, says former spin bowler

'We're in the dark about The Hundred' - David Willey
England allrounder calls for clarity about the game's future, after enduring turbulent season with Yorkshire

'Sledging doesn't have to be offensive' - Moeen Ali
'Osama' investigation closed, but doesn't rule out possibility of facing unnamed abuser in next year's Ashes

Rory Burns braced for 'trial by spin' after earning England Test call-up
Surrey opener heard of call-up after interrupted phonecall to selector Ed Smith at windy Taunton

Adil Rashid's one-year Yorkshire deal typifies cricket's age of uncertainty
Adil Rashid is staying at Yorkshire for the time being, but with The Hundred about to make its entrance into English cricket, no county is confident what the future holds

Ed Smith shows pragmatic side as England seek formula for overseas success
With the selections for his first England touring squad, Ed Smith has given the Test team options galore in their attempts to finally win away

Rory Burns, Olly Stone, Joe Denly picked for Sri Lanka Tests
Rory Burns will be given the chance to succeed Alastair Cook at the top of England's Test batting order, after being named alongside two other uncapped players, Olly Stone and Joe Denly

'Treat Olly Stone like a Ferrari': Ashley Giles warns England after fast bowler's call-up
Young bowler is ready, but treat him carefully, says Warwickshire director of cricket

A strange injury and bowling at 92mph: who is Olly Stone?
Meet England's newest quick bowler who has fought back from a bad knee injury

Olly Stone named in England ODI squad as cover for Liam Plunkett's wedding clash
Warwickshire fast bowler set for maiden tour, as Alex Hales and Ben Stokes are both picked ahead of December's disciplinary hearing

Rashid on verge of signing new Yorkshire deal
Adil Rashid's importance to Yorkshire is also highly symbolic and the county will be relieved that differences have been patched up

ECB confirms disrepute charges for Ben Stokes and Alex Hales
The England pair will face their hearing on December 5 and 7 and could be handed bans

'Anderson knows the England dressing-room will never be the same' - Michael Vaughan
Michael Vaughan fears that Alastair Cook's Test retirement could trigger an exodus of England's senior players

Pat Brown "very close" to England after memorable T20 campaign
Worcestershire captain Moeen Ali heaped praise on his young bowler after a masterful display of skill on Finals Day

Moeen Ali did not want 'Osama' claims escalated - Trevor Bayliss
The England coach raised the issue with Darren Lehmann during 2015 Cardiff Test but some of Moeen's team-mates wanted it taken further

'Australian player called me Osama' - Moeen Ali alleges racial abuse during 2015 Ashes
Moeen Ali has intensified the focus on Australian player behaviour after claiming that he was subjected to a racial taunt

Nurture Adil Rashid's confidence in Sri Lanka, Shane Warne tells England
Australia legend expects 'big things' from legspinner, now that he has cemented his role in the side

Moeen Ali: 'Rude' Australia only team I disliked
In an interview with the Times, Moeen was critical of the way the Australia team carried themselves prior to the ball-tampering scandal

Glenn McGrath, Dale Steyn better bowlers than me - James Anderson
The most prolific seamer in Tests attributed the Australian's superiority to his 'bounce, relentless accuracy, aggression and ability to move the ball.'

Scotland on alert as Paul Collingwood calls time on career
Paul Collingwood's retirement, at 42, comes with Scotland seeking a coach after the departure of Grant Bradburn

Chappell deal continues Notts' signing spree
Zak Chappell will push for England recognition at Trent Bridge after leaving Leicestershire

Keaton Jennings faces "nervous" wait ahead of Sri Lanka tour - Trevor Bayliss
James Vince, Rory Burns and Joe Denly feature prominently in England's thoughts ahead of selection meeting

Adil Rashid's strange series ends with a little bit of magic
In one Test he did nothing except walk around the outfield, in the others not much more, but in the final innings of the series Rashid produced the ball he was selected for

Don't rest me for winter tours, James Anderson tells selectors
Fast bowler believes eight-week break until Sri Lanka Tests will be ample time to recover from exertions in India series

Jamie Overton, Olly Stone in frame for Sri Lanka Test call-ups
Pace pair in consideration with a view to England's transition to life after James Anderson and Stuart Broad

'I'm glad Cookie was on the field for that wicket' - Emotional James Anderson pays tribute to best mate Alastair Cook
As Anderson passed Glenn McGrath's record, the retiring Cook called him "England's greatest cricketer"

England take series 4-1 as Anderson goes past McGrath
KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant made centuries for India - and for a while they threatened to bring down a target of 464 - but it was not to be as England's depth once again gave them a win

Alastair Cook finishes as he started with emotional Oval hundred
With a dab through backward point - and the help of four overthrows - Alastair Cook completed a fairytale hundred in his final Test

Alastair Cook, Joe Root hundreds provide perfect script for England to dominate
On his last day in the job as a Test opener, Alastair Cook's scriptwriters duly did the occasion justice, as he became the fifth man in the history of the game to begin and end his Test career with a century

People will realise Cook's impact when he's not there - Farbrace
The calming influence of Alastair Cook will be one of the qualities England will miss most

Cook's dream still alive as England lead swells
Playing his final innings in Test cricket, the England opener is 46 not out, with all of England waiting with bated breath for century No. 33

Anderson gets demerit point for dissent after Kohli lbw shout
The England fast bowler had words with Kumar Dharmasena after a review was unsuccessful on umpire's call

Alastair Cook in talks for swift move to commentary box
ESPNcricinfo understands that Cook is in discussion with TalkSport to join their commentary team for England's tour of the Caribbean

England set sights on big first-innings lead after Jos Buttler's 89
Meanwhile, James Anderson is three strikes away from becoming the most successful fast bowler in Test history

Alastair Cook given guard of honour to mark final Test
Retiring England opener was also given a sustained standing ovation from a full-house Oval crowd

Ishant, Bumrah headline India's strong performance
England managed only 198 runs for eight wickets in the 90 overs on Day 1 at The Oval

Eyes on Keaton Jennings and Moeen Ali as England look for answers
Many questions remain about England's Test side - despite the series victory - although they at least appear to have drawn a line on the Bairstow v Buttler debate

Alastair Cook wanted to keep door ajar for Kevin Pietersen return
The former England captain gave more detail of the decision that rocked his career and reveals he hasn't spoken to Pietersen since

There will never be another Alastair Cook, says Joe Root
On the eve of his final Test, Alastair Cook was spoken of with great admiration by the man who took over from him as captain

Former Sussex and England allrounder Alan Oakman dies aged 88
Though Oakman's England career was brief, he played in the famous 1956 Test against Australia where Jim Laker claimed 19 wickets

Bairstow set to take gloves for unchanged England
England and India are still chasing top-order stability in the last stop of the tour, and Cook's international career

No second thoughts, says Alastair Cook, as he faces final curtain
England opener to continue his career with Essex but will not be persuaded back to Test cricket

How do you replace 12,000 Test runs?
England have struggled to find a partner for Alastair Cook for the last six years. Who can fill his shoes?

'I cried when I told my team-mates' - Alastair Cook's retirement press conference
Alastair Cook addressed a variety of issues, from mental strength to Kevin Pietersen to his future with Essex, after announcing his impending retirement

'I became the best player I could have become' - Alastair Cook
Alastair Cook says that he will retire from international cricket knowing that he managed to dredge every ounce out of his ability

Mick Jagger pledges charity donations for stand-out performances in Oval Test
Rolling Stones frontman to donate £20,000 to Chance to Shine each time a player from either side scores a century or claims a five-wicket haul

Keaton Jennings retained as Chris Woakes and Ollie Pope re-enter selection fray
England name a familiar 13-man squad for the final Test against India, starting on Friday

Trevor Bayliss braces for top-order void as England seal series with questions galore
Trevor Bayliss has admitted England are no closer to settling on their top-order batting line-up despite winning the Test series against India

'A great person as well as a great cricketer' - Graham Gooch pays tribute to Alastair Cook
Former coach and mentor pays tribute to fellow England legend as he prepares to play his last Test

Alastair Cook announces England retirement after India series
England's record-breaking opener to bow out after 161 Tests and more than 12,000 runs

The matches that made Alastair Cook a record-breaker
Alastair Cook is to retire after making more than 12,000 runs in an England-record 161 Test appearances. ESPNcricinfo looks back at the landmarks

England 'braver in tough situations' admits Virat Kohli
The margins of defeat at Edgbaston and the Ageas Bowl will leave India wondering what could have been

The best Moeen Ali has ever bowled - Joe Root
Moeen, who was named Man of the Match, took four wickets in the second innings, including the key scalp of Virat Kohli

Joe Root moved himself back to No.4 for 'good of the team'
Root has batted at No. 3 throughout the English summer but says he made a "spur of the moment decision"

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