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Swann takes England winter MVP

Swann takes England winter MVP

Graeme Swann has won the coveted crown of Winter FTI MVP. Swann trailed Kevin Pietersen by 14 points after the Pakistan series, but his 16 wickets against Sri Lanka saw him finish 12 points ahead of second-placed Pietersen.

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Flower delights in England progress

Flower delights in England progress

Matthew Sherry

Andy Flower hopes a positive end to a difficult winter will stand England in good stead when they tackle sub-continental conditions again.

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England have learned lessons - Cook

England have learned lessons - Cook

Chris Devine

Alastair Cook is confident England have improved as a team over the course of a demanding winter programme. "We've learned as a side again," he said.

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Cook and Swann soar

Cook and Swann soar

Graeme Swann and Alastair Cook have made significant strides up the International Cricket Council rankings after England ended their two-Test tour of Sri Lanka with an impressive eight-wicket victory in Colombo.

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Strauss revels in England triumph

Strauss revels in England triumph

Andrew Strauss hopes to see England at the top of world cricket for a while yet after they retained their position by beating Sri Lanka.

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Gracious Jayawardene praises England

Gracious Jayawardene praises England

Mahela Jayawardene was generous in his praise of England after the tourists surged to victory in Colombo to draw the two-Test series.

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Rankings joy for England

Rankings joy for England

England are guaranteed to begin their international summer as the leading Test side in the world following their victory over Sri Lanka at Colombo.

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England stay top with Colombo success

England stay top with Colombo success

Matthew Sherry

England ended a disappointing winter on a high by securing an eight-wicket victory over Sri Lanka that ensured they remained at the summit of the International Cricket Council Test rankings.

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Prior praises England spirit

Prior praises England spirit

Matt Prior paid tribute to England’s battling qualities after they moved a step closer to claiming a series-levelling victory over Sri Lanka. "The way we stuck to our guns was absolutely fantastic," said the wicketkeeper-batsman.

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Swann double lifts England

Swann double lifts England

Matthew Sherry

Graeme Swann removed Thilan Samaraweera and Suraj Randiv in quick succession late on day four to enhance England's hopes of securing victory in the second Test against Sri Lanka, who closed 33 ahead on 218 for six.

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