Time for talk is over – Cook

By Matt Somerford Skipper Alastair Cook knows his side must turn words into actions when they begin their World Cup winter in earnest against Sri Lanka tomorrow. England will return to competitive action for the first time in almost 12 weeks when they begin the seven-match one-day international series at the R Premadasa Stadium in … Read more

Vettori comes in from the cold

New Zealand have given a surprise recall to veteran spinner Daniel Vettori ahead of the third and final Test against Pakistan in Sharjah. The 35-year-old has played 112 Tests and is his country’s second highest wicket-taker of all-time – behind Sir Richard Hadlee – with 360 scalps, but his last appearance in the longest format … Read more

Rain frustrates England

England’s second and final warm-up match on their tour of Sri Lanka was abandoned without a ball bowled after heavy morning rain at the P Sara Oval in Colombo. The square and surrounds were still under full cover an hour after the scheduled start against Sri Lanka A, with more rain falling and the outfield … Read more

Finn keen to prove his value

Steven Finn has a simple plan during this World Cup winter – take as many wickets as possible. It is perhaps an understandable philosophy following a difficult 12 months that has seen the tall quick have to re-evaluate his game and fight to regain his England place. Finn left the tour of Australia last winter … Read more