Paul picks a perfect moment to silence his critics

According to Paul Collingwood, he still lacks the necessary experience to be considered a senior Test player, but it is doubtful the Durham batsman will ever experience a better day than this as an England player - no matter how many more games he plays for his country.

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.

From hero to zero – and back again?

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Once Steve Harmison was hailed as the best bowler in the world.

Windies will be in Harmy's way

Peter Moores is banking on the familiar sights of Chester-le-Street giving Steve Harmison the inspiration to provide his home crowd with evidence he is almost back to his best.

Vaughan on sticky wicket?

Lancashire fear Michael Vaughan may face a hostile reception from the partisan Old Trafford crowd after making critical remarks about the late-night World Cup antics of local hero Andrew Flintoff.

Steve helped to find rhythm

Allan Donald has immediately set to work in his new role as England's temporary bowling coach and focused on rediscovering the lost form of mis-firing spearhead Steve Harmison, writes Myles Hodgson.

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 is ruled out of series

Andrew Flintoff will miss the entire npower Test series against West Indies after it was confirmed his injured left ankle would require surgery.

Villagers all go in to bat for David

Big-hearted cricketers from a North village have smashed the world record for the longest continuous match, while raising vital charity funds in memory of a young player who died last year.

Head boy Vaughan hails triumphant Test comeback

England captain Michael Vaughan believes yesterday's comeback century at Headingley was as good as any of his Test innings.

Vaughan feels the heat on Test return

Michael Vaughan admits he returns to captain England in a Test match after an 18-month absence today under pressure for his place.

Fit-again Vaughan faces big Test of character

Michael Vaughan was preparing to "start again" today in his first Test match for 18 months.

England management on sticky wicket

England's management structure is on course for overhaul after the Ken Schofield-chaired post-Ashes review had 17 of their 19 recommendations immediately endorsed.

Complete overhaul of England proposed

The fabric for the future of English cricket to be revealed today includes proposals for an overhaul of the national team's hierarchy.

No Harm done: Moores

Struggling Steve Harmison has been backed to pass his next England Test with flying colours - by new national coach Peter Moores.

Harmy is ready to click, insists Pietersen

Kevin Pietersen insists England do not have any concerns about the inconsistent form of Steve Harmison as he attempts to bowl them to victory in the opening npower Test against West Indies.

Homage to the power of the pen

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Anybody who needs convincing that the pen is indeed mightier than the sword would do well to read this incredible anthology.

Bracken bowled over

Australian fast bowler Nathan Bracken has praised Durham's England trio of Steve Harmison, Paul Collingwood and Liam Plunkett as three of the best cricketers in the world.

Wind of change needed: Strauss

England kicked off their summer Test campaign against the West Indies today desperate to make amends for a dismal winter.

Harmy nifty at fifty

Steve Harmison enters his 50th Test for England tomorrow feeling refreshed and eager to ensure he enjoys many more landmarks before his international career comes to a close.

Flintoff fear for Lord's

England were today anxiously waiting to see if Andrew Flintoff could prove his fitness for the first Test against West Indies at Lord's.

Flintoff facing new frustration

England are waiting anxiously to discover whether Andrew Flintoff's bid to re-establish himself as a world-class all-rounder has been undermined by a recurrence of his ankle problems.

Strauss handed the captain's job

Flintoff given chance to rediscover his form

Liam's set for his Test call-up

Liam Plunkett is set for his first England Test call-up as an impressive five-wicket haul for Durham against Kent yesterday underlined his quality in the Liverpool Victoria County Championship.

Michael is ready for Test

England captain Michael Vaughan's chances of appearing in next week's first Test against the West Indies at Lord's have improved according to Martyn Moxon, Yorkshire's director of cricket.

LV County Championship Round-up

Marcus Trescothick smashed his previous best first-class score of 219 on the second morning of Somerset's LV County Championship Division Two match against Northamptonshire.

Ace Marcus yearns for England return

Marcus Trescothick is itching to make his England comeback - despite insisting he is not yet ready to return.

It's Red Row v world in David's memory

A sports-mad village is gearing up for a bumper weekend of fundraising featuring an attempt to set a world record for the longest continuous cricket match.

Plunkett to get back to basics

England seam bowler Liam Plunkett is looking forward to playing for Durham this week ahead of the first Test against West Indies.

Stars to face each other

Today's Bank Holiday crowd at the Riverside will be treated to a rare sight when England internationals Paul Collingwood, Steve Harmison, Liam Plunkett, Andrew Flintoff, James Anderson and Sajid Mahmood line up on opposing sides.

Colly's plea to cricket chiefs

Durham's Paul Collingwood is known as the Duracell, but even he fears even his batteries could eventually go flat if something is not done about the international cricket calendar.

Captain's the role for Paul

Two weeks from now Paul Collingwood could be walking out at Lord's at the head of the England cricket team, but the Shotley Bridge all-rounder insists his captaincy ambitions are focussed on Durham.

Plunkett gets his edge back

Durham spread the wickets on the second day of their three-day MCC University first class match against Durham UCCE at a sun-kissed Racecourse ground yesterday.

Referee regret at final muddle

World Cup final referee Jeff Crowe is hoping the "human error" which turned the end of the showpiece match into a farce does not amount to a resignation issue for him.

Nicholson enters record books

Northumberland wicketkeeper Phil Nicholson enters a record-equalling 11th year as county captain in upbeat mood after a memorable 2006 for the Jesmond-based club.

Nixon wants to keep gloves

Wicketkeeper Paul Nixon flew back from England's disappointing World Cup campaign waiting to see if he features under new coach Peter Moores.

Vaughan: Fletcher was right to leave

Michael Vaughan believes both England and Duncan Fletcher will benefit from his decision to end his eight-year reign as coach and begin a brave new era.

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