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Rob Bailey has been appointed captain of Northamptonshire after weeks of speculation. The one-year appointment ends a period of uncertainty for the former England batsman, who was vice-captain to Allan Lamb as Northants produced a sustained challenge for last summer's County Championship and also reached the NatWest Trophy final.

Dean Jones, the former Australia Test batsman, hit his 25th century for Victoria to give his side the initiative against the Sheffield Shield holders, Queensland, yesterday. Jones hit 17 fours and a six on his way to three figures and was unbeaten on 118 at the close on the second day as Victoria reached 300 for one at the Gabba.