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Finn returned home from Australia after failing to make an appearance due to concerns over his bowling technique

England’s Graeme Swann on his way to an unbeaten 62

England's big names served humble pie by spinner Tom Craddock

England XI 328-7 Essex

County cricket: Adams shown door by Surrey after grim start

Chris Adams was sacked as team director by Surrey yesterday after a dire start to the season. The first-team coach, Ian Salisbury, was also relieved of his duties with immediate effect.

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County round-up: Australian understudies take centre stage in Scotland

Their senior side may be struggling but Australia A had no such problems against Scotland as they wrapped up victory by a mammoth 360 runs at the Grange on Sunday.

Stuart Meaker makes his case as Nick Compton misses out

Somerset 384 & 251-9 dec Surrey 366-9 dec (Match drawn): Up-and-coming bowler takes five as England opener has sluggish start

Graeme Smith at The Oval, where he is preparing for a busy summer

Graeme Smith brings stardust and steel as Surrey rebuild after turbulent year

At a stage of his career when most players are seeking to lighten their workload – and boost their bank balance via a brisk crash, bang, wallop in the Indian Premier League – Graeme Smith has gone the other way.

County Championship: look beneath the surface

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

England's Nick Compton (left) celebrates reaching his century

Nick Compton dreaming of place in England's Ashes squad

England play the final Test against New Zealand this week

A view of Old Trafford cricket ground
Ricky Ponting will play for Surrey during June and July

What a coup! Ricky Ponting signs to play for Surrey

The former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has signed a short-term deal to play for Surrey in a significant coup for the county.

Angus Fraser: 'The Major' - a traditionalist with a hint of mischief about him

CMJ judged things according to what he saw as the best interests of cricket

South Africa captain Graeme Smith

South Africa captain Graeme Smith joins Surrey

Surrey have pulled off one of the most eye-catching deals in recent county cricket history by clinching the signing of South Africa captain Graeme Smith on a three-year contract.

Zimbabwe national team selector and former bowler Kevin Curran dies

Zimbabwe national team selector and former fast bowler Kevin Curran has died at the age of 53, Zimbabwe Cricket have confirmed.

Formula One in Olympic Stadium under consideration

Plans for a Formula One circuit in and around the Olympic Stadium are officially now under consideration.

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