England captain Alastair Cook has admitted the team's recent struggles mean there are "quite a few places up for grabs".
Mitchell Johnson may quit limited-overs cricket to prolong his test career with an eye on the 2015 Ashes series in England.
Andrew Flintoff may be about to return to his roots this summer, by turning out for his old club side St Annes.
Newly-promoted Northamptonshire gave reigning champions Durham plenty of food for thought on day one of their County Championship clash.
Australia opener Chris Rogers has suggested that "in an ideal world" he would retire after next year's Ashes series in England.
Banned Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir will not be eligible for next year's World Cup even if he returns early to cricket.
An inaugural England-Ireland Test match at Lord's has become a foreseeable reality.
James Anderson believes this winter's Ashes flops must take the responsibility of leading England into their new era.
Pakistan cricket was hit by further controversy when Rashid Latif changed his mind about becoming the chief selector.
Axed England batsman Kevin Pietersen has revealed he tried to calm Jonathan Trott after first noticing the problems that forced his early Ashes departure.
Joe Root is one of Wisden's Five Cricketers of the Year, alongside England women's captain Charlotte Edwards.
Worcestershire have signed New Zealand duo Colin Munro and Mitchell McClenaghan for part of the 2014 campaign.
Ashley Giles has endured no end of misery leading England through disaster after disaster, yet he remains the favourite to be appointed head coach.
Batting great Sachin Tendulkar has come out strongly in support of the beleaguered Yuvraj Singh.
Australia paceman Ryan Harris is to turn his hand to bringing through the next generation after being appointed an assistant coach with the 'A' squad.
Lancashire's return to the LV= County Championship top flight turned sour on the second day of their season opener against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.