As Kevin Pietersen is booted out of the England set-up, we look back at the batsman's controversial yet brilliant international career.
Outgoing England coach Andy Flower said he no longer felt able to revive the team’s cricketing fortunes in all formats.
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England batsman Moeen Ali is being investigated by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for wearing wristbands featuring the slogans "Free Palestine" and "Save Gaza" during the test match against India.
Moeen, who has raised funds for charities helping those affected by the three-week conflict with Israel, wore the bands during the second day of the third test.
But the off-spin bowler who plays county cricket for Warwickshire has the backing of the of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
A spokesman said: "As far as we are concerned, he has not committed any offence. It is now up to the ICC to decide whether he will face any action."
The ICC Code of Conduct states: "Players are not permitted to wear, display or otherwise convey messages through arm bands or any other items affixed to clothing or equipment unless approved in advance by the player or team official's Board."
England cricket captain Alastair Cook has resisted calls for him to resign, insisting he is "desperate" to turn around the team's fortunes after a string of poor results.
Speaking after defeat in the second test against India, Cook told Sky Sports 2: "It gets harder and harder the more we don't win and of course that heaps on you at the end of the day.
"Until that bloke taps me on the shoulder and says 'we don't want you to captain' I'm desperate to try to turn this around for England."
David Collier is to leave the role of chief executive of the England and Wales Cricket Board.
The 59-year-old has been in the post since October 2004, with the England team enjoying much success under his stewardship.
As well as three Ashes victories - including the first series triumph on Australian soil for almost 20 years in 2011 - England rose to the top of the International Cricket Council's world Test rankings and secured a first global limited-overs trophy at the 2010 World Twenty20.
He also controversially played a key role in the sale of television rights to a subscription-only broadcaster.
Disgraced former New Zealand cricketer Lou Vincent has admitted match-fixing and says he is prepared to accept any punishment he receives.
The 35-year-old was charged by the ECB last month after allegations of his involvement in the spot-fixing of dozens of matches.
"My name is Lou Vincent and I am a cheat," the former top-order batsman said in a statement today.
"I have abused my position as a professional sportsman on a number of occasions by choosing to accept money through fixing.
"I have lived with this dark secret for many years. I have shamed my country. I have shamed my sport. I lost faith in myself and the game. I abused the game I love. "Laying bare the things I have done wrong is the only way I can find to begin to put things right."
Vincent is expected to receive a life ban from the sport.
Two former Sussex county cricketers have been charged with match fixing by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
Lou Vincent is charged with 14 offences relating to two county matches in August 2011 - a Twenty20 match and a 40 over game - while Naveed Arif is charged with six offences relating to a 40-over game in the same month.
Both were charged under the ECB's Anti-Corruption Code and have been suspended from all activities related to the sport.
Peter Moores, the reappointed coach of the England cricket team, has clarified his pivotal disagreement with batsman Kevin Pietersen, saying "I never fell out with Kevin, Kevin fell out with me".
Mr Moores stood down as coach in late 2012 after a very public falling out with Mr Pietersen, who had become a controversial member of the England team.
Mr Moores fills the role vacated by Andy Flower in January, who coached England through a 5-0 series Ashes whitewash loss in Australia over Christmas.
The new coach of England's cricket team said "it's great to be back" at the helm after being formally reappointed by the England and Wales Cricket Board.
Mr Moores originally held the post from February 2009 to November 2012, but stepped down after a public falling out with batsman Kevin Pietersen.
Mr Moores replaces Andy Flower, who initially saw success in the Ashes against Australia, but crashed out to a whitewash 5-0 series loss over Christmas and stepped down as coach in January.
Peter Moores has been appointed as the new England head coach, the England and Wales Cricket Board has announced.
Peter Moores is set for a dramatic return as England head coach and will be unveiled on Saturday morning, according to Press Association Sport.
Andy Flower's replacement will be announced by Paul Downton, managing director of England cricket, at Lord's and it is understood that Moores is the chosen candidate.
The 51-year-old Lancashire coach previously held the job between 2007 and 2009, but was dismissed after disappointing on-field results and a damaging personality clash with then captain Kevin Pietersen, who was also deposed.
England batsman Jonathan Trott will take an indefinite break from all cricket after suffering a repeat of the stress-related illness which forced his early departure from the 2013-14 Ashes series, the England and Wales Cricket Board and his county Warwickshire have jointly announced.