ICC rankings: India retain 4th spot, England look to move up in Tests
ICC rankings: India retain 4th spot, England look to move up in Tests

India have retained the fourth position in the ICC Test team rankings but England, currently placed just a spot behind the Asian cricketing giant, have a chance to move up the ladder during the upcoming Ashes series against Australia.

Pat Cummins ready to take the red ball after Ashes call-up
Pat Cummins ready to take the red ball after Ashes call-up

Australian quick Pat Cummins has not played a first class match for two years but is confident his body will hold up to the rigours of test cricket should he get the call during the Ashes series against England.

Australia diminished after Ryan Harris forced to call it quits
Australia diminished after Ryan Harris forced to call it quits

It was a brief, late-life test career that always seemed to be a match-at-a-time proposition but paceman Ryan "Ryno" Harris made a crucial contribution to Australian cricket at a critical time.

Michael Clarke hails Ryan Harris as one of the best
Michael Clarke hails Ryan Harris as one of the best

Test captain Michael Clarke labelled Ryan Harris "as good as anyone who has played for Australia" after the fast bowler announced his retirement on Saturday because of injury.

Joe Root dismisses `ridiculous` David Warner excuse for attack
Joe Root dismisses `ridiculous` David Warner excuse for attack

England`s Joe Root has labelled David Warner`s reason for hitting him two years ago as "ridiculous" after the Australia batsman explained his actions just days before the start of this year`s Ashes series.

`New` England face Ashes acid test
`New` England face Ashes acid test

England will face the ultimate test of their stated desire to play bold and aggressive cricket as they bid to regain the Ashes from Australia in a five-match series that starts in Cardiff on Wednesday.

Steve Smith eager to have last Ashes laugh
Steve Smith eager to have last Ashes laugh

When Steven Smith made his Ashes debut in Perth during England`s victorious 2010/11 tour of Australia he was, following prompting from then captain Ricky Ponting, clear on his role in the team.

Fara Williams seals bronze for England at Women`s World Cup
Fara Williams seals bronze for England at Women`s World Cup

A 108th-minute penalty converted by Fara Williams gave England third place with a 1-0 win over Germany in the Women`s World Cup on Saturday.

It was a first ever win by sixth-ranked England over world number one team Germany.

Ryan Harris announces shock retirement from international cricket
Ryan Harris announces shock retirement from international cricket

Veteran Australian pacer Ryan Harris has bid adieu to cricket which comes as a shock to many lovers of the game worldwide. Knee injury has forced Harris to retire from the sport and that serves as a big blow for the Aussies ahead of the Ashes starting from 10th July.

Former England wicketkeeper Bob Taylor suffers heart attack
Former England wicketkeeper Bob Taylor suffers heart attack

Former England and Derbyshire wicketkeeper Bob Taylor is to undergo a heart bypass operation after suffering a heart attack on Friday his former county Derbyshire confirmed.

Michael Clarke still fired by hunger for Ashes success
Michael Clarke still fired by hunger for Ashes success

Michael Clarke could not have looked less like the "pup" of his nickname as he prepared to depart Australian shores for his seventh and final Ashes series.

Red-hot Steve Smith primed to seize Ashes moment
Red-hot Steve Smith primed to seize Ashes moment

Once derided as a bouncy court jester in his maiden Ashes series, Steven Smith and his quirky batting technique are now far from a laughing matter in England.

England captain Alastair Cook faces ultimate challenge
England captain Alastair Cook faces ultimate challenge

Alastair Cook faces his biggest ever challenge as England captain when he leads his young team into this year`s home Ashes series against Australia.

Ashes 2015: England bank on Trevor Bayliss to douse Australian fire
Ashes 2015: England bank on Trevor Bayliss to douse Australian fire

A callow England team with a new coach take on a bullish and streetwise Australia in an intriguing Ashes series which should provide plenty of drama and aggressive cricket.

Australia`s James Faulkner facing drink-driving charge
Australia`s James Faulkner facing drink-driving charge

Australia all-rounder James Faulkner accepted Friday he had made an "error of judgement" after being charged with drink-driving by Greater Manchester Police while playing for English county side Lancashire.

Alastair Cook best suited to lead England in Ashes: Andrew Strauss
Alastair Cook best suited to lead England in Ashes: Andrew Strauss

England cricket team director Andrew Strauss is convinced Alastair Cook is the best man to lead England into the Ashes, and said he will give the skipper no guarantee beyond this series.

Ryan Harris' Ashes absence no worry for Jeff Thomson
Ryan Harris' Ashes absence no worry for Jeff Thomson

Australia fast-bowling great Jeff Thomson has said the expected absence of Ryan Harris from the tourists' attack for the first Test against England in Cardiff next week won't hamper the team's Ashes chances.

England, Germany wipe away tears, play for pride and third place
England, Germany wipe away tears, play for pride and third place

England and Germany wipe away the tears as they play for pride and third place at the Women`s World Cup in Edmonton`s Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday.

Tom Westley follows Alastair Cook`s lead as Australia toil
Tom Westley follows Alastair Cook`s lead as Australia toil

Essex opener Tom Westley followed in the footsteps of England captain Alastair Cook by making an impressive century for Essex against the touring Australians at Chelmsford on Thursday.

English MPs to get new veto powers in UK parliament

English lawmakers from constituencies in England will get veto powers over laws affecting their region rather than the whole of UK under a new proposal which also removes the ability of Scottish MPs to vote on issues that deal specifically with England.