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Essex batsman can nail down the place Morgan and Bairstow could not quite make their own

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Former England captain smashes 234 while his successor also weighs in with unbeaten century

Alastair Cook, England's captain, was frustrated yesterday

Rain at Edgbaston washes away England's No 1 spot and Warwickshire's hopes of a pay day

England were deprived last night of the opportunity to become the world's top ranked one-day side, when their match against Australia in Birmingham was called off because of rain. Although they are 2-0 ahead in the series they had to win all five scheduled matches if they were to head the International Cricket Council ratings for the first time.

James Anderson is all smiles at training last week before picking up his groin injury

Soft ground and Anderson will be a non-runner again

Woakes set to replace England swing bowler who can hardly get a game after being rested

England captain Alastair Cook

England name unchanged squad for one-day series against Australia

England have named an unchanged squad for the five-match NatWest one-day international series against Australia.

Hales storm shows there is T20 life after Pietersen

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Hales storm shows there is T20 life after Pietersen

West Indies 172-4 England 173-3

Cook top scored with 112

England beat West Indies by eight wickets at The Oval

England cruised to an eight-wicket win over West Indies at The Oval, on the back of a century from Alastair Cook, to wrap up the NatWest Series a match early.

England will wait to this morning to decide on Ian Bell's fitness

Bell takes it on the chin and gives England a headache

New opener suffers possible fracture in accident in the nets

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West Indies coach Ottis Gibson

West Indies must not squander their six appeal, says Ottis Gibson

If England go down in the one-day series against West Indies it will be under a blaze of sixes. There is a huge difference between the sides in terms of big hitting which suggests that one of them might be playing calypso cricket and the other has trouble upping the ante from a dirge.

Dwayne Smith hits out during West Indies’ mammoth total

Gayle breezes in to make up for the loss of Pietersen gusto

West Indies 335-4 Middlesex 107 (West Indies win by 228 runs)

Andy Flower says Kevin Pietersen will not be made a special case

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Many judgments have been delivered about Kevin Pietersen's retirement from limited-overs cricket. But the opinion offered by England's coach, Andy Flower, has not been at the front of the field. "I'm not annoyed, I think it's quite sad that Kevin's not going to be playing all three forms of the game," he said. "After retiring and looking back at the career he might think 'crikey I wish I'd taken part in more World Cups and helped win the 2015 World Cup with England'. They are great memories and I think it's a little sad he won't get those opportunities any more."

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