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Video: DVD and Blu-Ray releases

See below to watch the trailers for this week's DVD and Blu-Ray releases

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The controversial end of Jonathan Trott

Ashes 2013: England ask for clarification over Jonathan Trott dismissal

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Stuart Broad, James Anderson and Graeme Swann

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Fast bowler unable to take the field for Australia's first innings

Kevin Pietersen said recently he wants to score 10,000 Test runs

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The prospect of two Ashes series has helped smooth over last year's dressing-room divide

Trent Bridge cricket fan faces brass ban

Cricketing authorities have banned a fan from attending the opening Ashes Test at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, this week – if he brings his trumpet.

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