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Rain at Edgbaston washes away England's No 1 spot and Warwickshire's

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.

Rare chance for Broad's brave, young England to hone Twenty20 skills

Amid all the fuss about becoming Test champions of the world it is easy to forget that England got there first in Twenty20. It may have elicited much less fuss and given the general sniffiness towards the shortest form of the game it probably did not receive the attention it deserved.

Harmison has eye on Ashes as he targets big season

For what seemed like the millionth time, Steve Harmison yesterday declared himself ready and willing to play for England. What Harmison is rightly always aware of on these occasions is that England have yet to find anybody to replace him.

Swann shines as England avoid embarrassment

Graeme Swann claimed career-best bowling figures as England avoided a series whitewash with a four-wicket win over Australia in the seventh one-day international at Riverside.

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