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Next year England A will face "The Rest" in a four-day Tetley Shield game at Chelmsford, starting on Saturday 20 April, as a Test trial, to give the selectors an early opportunity in the season to start making their assessments of individual players.

Kim Barnett, the 35-year-old former England batsman, looks set to play out his career with Derbyshire after announcing yesterday that he would be staying with the county, despite rumours during the summer that he would leave when he gave up the captaincy.