Captain Colly

Paul collingwood today put himself forward as a candidate to become the new skipper of England's one-day side and insisted a split captaincy system could be successful.

Ryan wants more

Ryan Sidebottom challenged Andrew Strauss to bat today as Shivnarine Chanderpaul did yesterday to set up the slim chance of an England victory in the final match of the npower Series against West Indies.

Windies frustrate England

Like a wounded cat taking a final swipe at its assailant, or a doomed regiment of soldiers making a last stand, the West Indies have found strength at the end.

Relying on Strauss

England were relying on Andrew Strauss to back the selectors' faith in him today - by guiding England out of trouble and towards parity in the final npower Test against West Indies.

Hoggy happy with his return from injury

England bowler Matthew Hoggard had no recurrence of his recent groin problems to report after marking his return with a wicket in the fourth npower Test against the West Indies.

Windies all but washed away!

Washed out on Friday, the West Indies were all but washed up by England yesterday.

Vaughan future in the spotlight

England captain Michael Vaughan was hoping the rain would relent today to allow his side the chance to push for a 3-0 npower Test series win over West Indies.

Vaughan's one-day prospects in doubt

England's selectors took advantage of the wash-out at the start of the fourth Test against West Indies to talk one-day selection.

We'll weather this storm, warns Ganga

Darren Ganga hopes West Indies' Headingley hell has taught them valuable lessons ahead of the final match of the npower series against England.

Durham quick to turn to Plunkett

England Test discard Liam Plunkett was set to return for Durham in their four-day LV County Championship clash with Hampshire, which started in Southampton today.

Kevin's backing Liam to return

Kevin Pietersen has backed Durham's Liam Plunkett to resurrect his England career.

Windies aim to turn it around

Daren Ganga's West Indies are prepared for a shortened final npower Test against England at Chester-le-Street.

Liam will be strong again

While Steve Harmison will get the chance to continue his improvement with England in a Test match at Durham's Riverside ground tomorrow, Liam Plunkett's rehabilitation will begin on the county circuit, writes Luke Edwards.

Hoggard is ready to strike again

Matthew Hoggard expects to report for England duty in rude health today after bowling 10 overs "pain free" in Yorkshire's one-run Friends Provident Trophy win over Northamptonshire.

Bell is battling for a batting promotion

Ian Bell is aiming to move back up England's batting order even though he has flourished coming in at number six against the West Indies.

Monty 'was within rules'

Peter Moores believes match-winner Monty Panesar did not cross the line into gamesmanship after his over-enthusiastic display of appealing during England's third Test victory over West Indies.

Liam's chance to get ahead

He certainly will not be feeling that way now, but being dropped by England could be the best thing to happen to Liam Plunkett.

Vaughan hails hostile Harmy

Michael Vaughan excused himself from the celebrations over England's npower series win over West Indies to hail the resurgence of mis- firing spearhead Steve Harmison.

Police advice to cricket fans

Police and ground authorities are urging cricket followers to arrive early for this week's England v West Indies Test match at the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street.

Steve does his chances ot Test fame no Harm

Pace ace Steve Harmison was banking on coming out of his lean spell and joining England's hall of fame by leading a successful push for victory in the third npower Test today.

England Cook up a treat

Kevin Pietersen tipped team-mate Alastair Cook to challenge Test cricket's most prolific centurions after the pair combined to set up England's victory bid over West Indies at Old Trafford.

Pep talk bolsters England

Monty Panesar revealed how a tea-time team talk inspired England to take control of the third npower Test and put themselves in sight of victory over West Indies.

West Indies collapse as Monty ends resistance

England profited from another mix-up over cricket's laws to claim a stranglehold on the third npower Test and move closer to a series victory over the West Indies.

Harmison steps into row

West Indies coach David Moore was more concerned with Steve Harmison's threat than his warm-up location after England took control of the third Test at Old Trafford.

Hostility proves a real test

Michael Vaughan and his England team faced their most hostile day of the npower series against West Indies as the third Test began at Old Trafford.

Bell faces up to revival

Ian Bell settled into his most successful position in the batting order to rescue England from a damaging failure to live up to pre-Test expectations against West Indies at Old Trafford.

Mustard keen to impress

Durham's wicket-keeping batsman Phil Mustard is eager to catch the eye of the England selectors after an impressive start to the new season.

Swing king Sidebottom aims to be Test regular

Although Ryan Sidebottom shed his one-Test wonder tag last week, he dare not take his England bowling spot for granted beyond this week's Old Trafford clash with West Indies, writes Richard Gibson.

England set for Durham Twenty20 date

Chester-le-street will host a Twenty20 international for the first time next summer after England announced their home schedule for 2008.

Form for county not Side issue

Ryan Sidebottom will take his place in England's line-up for this week's third Test against West Indies having been held up as a shining example of the rewards for performing in county cricket.

Cook stars as Essex are defeated

England opener Alastair Cook warmed up for the third Test in style as Essex inflicted a first Friends Provident Trophy South Conference defeat of the season on Surrey.

Fred gets an Indian summer

England's selectors will consider their options for next week's third npower Test against West Indies boosted by encouraging news about the fitness of Andrew Flintoff.

Flintoff's outlook improves

England remain hopeful they will welcome back Andrew Flintoff to their ranks before the end of the summer following an exploratory operation on his troublesome left ankle yesterday.

Freddie will be back to his best after ankle op

Former England coach David Lloyd is backing Andrew Flintoff to overcome his latest ankle problem and return as a fully-fledged all-rounder later this summer.

Kevin can take charge, insists Thorpe

Graham Thorpe believes Michael Vaughan should retire from one-day international cricket and hand the England captaincy in the shortened game to Kevin Pietersen.

Flintoff fitness blow

England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff has been ruled out of Lancashire's LV County Championship match at Sussex due to continuing problems with his ankle.

Moores wants a healthy Flintoff

England coach Peter Moores insists Andrew Flintoff will be welcomed back to international cricket at the earliest opportunity.

Ready for a rematch

England captain Jason Robinson has issued a defiant rallying cry on behalf of the battered tourists as they prepare for Saturday's second Test against South Africa at Loftus Versfeld.

Windies blown away

Michael Vaughan oversaw a "ruthless" England performance in a record innings win over West Indies which yesterday made him the joint most successful captain in his country's history.

'Ruthless' England hailed by skipper

Michael Vaughan branded England ruthless as his Test return coincided with a landslide victory over West Indies.


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