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As the new cricket season gets underway this week there will be the usual platitudes about how the game remains an intrinsic part of Englishness

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The first County Championship half-century of an Ashes summer was scored, appropriately, by an Australian, pipping another to the mark by moments. Ed Cowan, the man likely to open the batting for Michael Clarke's team in the first Test at Trent Bridge in July, marked his first appearance on that ground for Nottinghamshire by passing 50 in the 20th over against Middlesex, an over ahead of George Bailey, Australia's Twenty20 captain, on his Hampshire debut against Leicestershire at the Ageas Bowl. Bailey fell seven runs short of a debut century.

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Astute Warwickshire attack coach tells Jon Culley they can repeat last year's triumph despite Ashley Giles' departure

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Grayling ploughs on with plan for ‘super-jail’

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World's biggest chip pan fire: 160,000 litres of cooking oil sends cloud of smoke over Essex

65 firefighters with fifteen appliances tackle blaze with a pall that can be seen for miles

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A “painstaking” forensic examination has begun after a house fire that killed a mother and four children.

Julie Hunter (left) took five wickets for Australia yesterday

England must conquer Australia to win title

Defending champions Australia will face England in tomorrow's Women's World Twenty20 final after breezing to a 28-run win over West Indies.

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Emeli Sandé, who appeared at both 2012 Olympics ceremonies, has six hits in the top 200

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The public's lingering appetite for all things Olympic has seen dozens of artists who either performed or whose music was played at the Games storm up the charts.

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Three men arrested on suspicion of committing racially aggravated public order offences at a protest staged by members of the English Defence League have been released on bail, police said.

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