England Cricket Crest

England's cricket team has gone from being a national laughing stock to a source of pride over the past 10 years, with the transformation signalled by the memorable 2005 Ashes victory which sparked celebration around the country. Having reached the top of the test rankings, England have since slipped to second, but will hope successive test victories over Australia will be enough to see them rise back to the top.

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Monty Panesar's England omission is sensible but he may return in winter

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In picking the young Lancashire left-arm spinner Simon Kerrigan in an unusually expansive 14-man squad for the final Test at The Oval, England are either drawing a line under the Test career of Monty Panesar or, in keeping him out of the limelight, showing some understanding and duty of care to a troubled cricketer going through a tough patch in his personal life.

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New Zealand batting onslaught proves just enough to beat England

Ravi Bopara, so nearly England's finisher in the Champions Trophy final on Sunday, found himself in a familiar position at The Oval on Tuesday night after taking his team to the threshold of a remarkable rescue only to be left too much to do and, for the second time in 48 hours, the hosts were defeated by five runs.

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