Scotland win again ahead of crunch game with Ireland

Matthew Cross and Calum MacLeod emerged as the heroes as Scotland snuffed out the challenge of Oman to clinch top spot in their group in the Desert T20 Challenge

India's Yuvraj Singh celebrates scoring his 14th ODI century at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack. Picture: Aijaz Rahi/AP

India’s veteran batsmen sink England’s one-day hopes

Eoin Morgan’s defiant century was not enough to prevent England losing the second one-day international against India, who sealed the series with a 15-run victory in Cuttack.

Scotland's  Richie Berrington plays a shot during the Desert T20 Challenge match against Holland at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Picture: Tom Dulat/Getty Images

Scotland hold nerve against Dutch to seal semi-final spot

Scotland shook off a major dose of the jitters to dramatically snuff out the challenge of the Netherlands and clinch a place in the semi-finals of the Desert T20 Challenge.

Calum MacLeod scored 60 runs

Calum MacLeod on a hot streak in the Desert Twenty 20

A new year and new aspirations for Scotland. A new start for Calum MacLeod.

England captain Eoin Morgan gets some practice in ahead of todays ODI in Pune. Picture: Rajanish Kakade/AP

Eoin Morgan bats away fears over England’s tactics in India

Eoin Morgan backed England to continue playing “explosive” one-day cricket in India but home captain Virat Kohli believes that commitment to attack could be their downfall.

Scotlands Calum MacLeod, left, and Kyle Coetzer with Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor, centre, whose team were also flying to the Gulf on Friday. Photograph: Donald MacLeod

Saltires seek game time at Dubai Desert T20

The Desert T20 tournament, which begins in Abu Dhabi this week, is not merely an opportunity for a splash of winter sun and a chance to escape the humdrum of cricket training indoors that has been the interminable fate of Scotland and others since the nights drew in.

England insist they want Alastair Cook to stay on as captain up to and including next winter's Ashes. Picture: Tim Goode/PA Wire

England team and coaches want Alastair Cook as Ashes skipper

England insist they want Alastair Cook to stay on as 
captain up to and including next winter’s Ashes.

England captain Alastair Cook walks off the field after his side suffered an innings defeat by India in the fifth Test in Chennai. Picture: AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal

England captain won’t rush decision on future after defeat

Alastair Cook is determined to take all the time available to him so he makes the right decision about whether to continue as England captain.

India's Karun Nair plays a shot during his innings against England at Chennai. Picture: Tsering Topgyal/AP

Triple hundred for Karun Nair as England toil in Chennai

Coach Trevor Bayliss admits England’s concession of the highest Test total ever scored against them may have a bearing on whether Alastair Cook decides to stay on as captain.

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India's KL Rahul, centre, reacts as Adil Rashid, far left, and Keaton Jennings celebrate his dismissaL. Picture: AP

KL Rahul rues missing run but his 199 dents England hopes

KL Rahul cut a dejected figure after becoming the ninth batsman in Test history to be out for 199, but he still had more to smile about than England at the MA Chidambaram 

Debutant Liam Dawson on his way to an unbeaten 66 to help England to 477 in Chennai.  Photograph: Tsering Topgyal/AP

Liam Dawson and Adil Rashid keep England in hunt

Much like the opening day of this fifth Test, yesterday was a day for the batsmen. The pitch, dried earlier in the week after a cyclone with trays of hot coals, is slow, lowish and although it is offering spin it is only doing so relatively slowly. Therefore if batsmen get set they can enjoy a more comfortable existence than in previous matches.

Finance Secretary Derek Mackay said the reductions would be offset by a rise in council tax. Picture: Greg Macvean

Councils warn Scottish budget will mean future education cuts

Five councils yesterday warned they will have to cut to school spending as a result of Finance Secretary Derek Mackay’s Scottish budget.

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England captain Alastair Cook believes veteran bowler James Anderson can still play a big role for England when they resume Tests in July. Picture: Tsering Topgyal/AP

Jimmy Anderson too valuable to risk in India Test

Alastair Cook is adamant England’s all-time leading wicket-taker James Anderson still has the heart and physical fitness to make a “big difference” to his Test team for years to come.

England all-rounder Ben Stokes has hailed captain Alastair Cook as a 'brilliant leader'. Picture: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Ben Stokes wants Alastair Cook to stay as England captain

Ben Stokes hopes “brilliant leader” Alastair Cook stays on as England captain.


Alastair Cook deflects doubts over future after India defeat

Alastair Cook found himself agreeing that Joe Root will be ready to succeed him as captain if the time comes for him to step aside soon following England’s swift descent to series defeat against India.

India captain Virat Kohli raises his bat and helmet after scoring a double century against England. Picture: Rafiq Maqbool/AP

England face defeat after Virat Kohli masterclass in Mumbai

Joe Root’s skilful defiance helped England at least take the fourth Test into a final day after Virat Kohli and Jayant Yadav’s record-breaking exploits put India on track for series victory at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

England batsman Jos Buttler plays a cut during his crucial innings of 76 on the second day of thefourth Test in Mumbai. Picture: Rafiq Maqbool/AP

Jos Buttler makes the most of unexpected chance in Mumbai

Jos Buttler was glad he made the most of a chance he feared would be denied him on 
England’s Test tour of India.

England debutant Keaton Jennings raises his bat after scoring a century on the first day of the fourth Test. Picture: Rafiq Maqbool/AP

Jennings impresses with century on debut to defy India’s spinners

Keaton Jennings’ century on his Test debut helped England defy Ravi Ashwin on a spinners’ pitch at the Wankhede Stadium.

England captain Alastair Cook, right, insists he and coach Trevor Bayliss, left, are in agreement over the style of batting required. Picture: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Alastair Cook and Trevor Bayliss on same page over tactics

England captain Alastair Cook is determined to present a united front with coach Trevor Bayliss as they try to battle back from 2-0 down against India.

Captain Virat Kohli, right, and Parthiv Patel embrace each other as they celebrate India's win over England on the fourth day of the third Test in Mohali. Picture: AP Photo/Altaf Qadri

Haseeb Hameed blow compounds England woes as India ease home

England must come to terms with India’s unassailable 2-0 series lead after their defeat in Mohali and the loss for the rest of the campaign of a young player who appears born to be a Test opener.

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