Time will soon tell whether this influx of players will set back the English game
Somerset's 141-year wait for a first County Championship title continues after a dramatic last day
It's become a sad reality of the game that the terrific quality of Championship cricket, especially in division one, is for the most part almost inversely proportional to its visibility
Toby Roland-Jones finished the innings with a hat-trick spread across two overs
The wonders of a bowling wicket-keeper, Cook's unbeaten century and Leicestershire's penchant for a partnership
OUTSIDE EDGE: Tom Westley's century will not have gone ignored by the selectors
Warwickshire can ruin reigning champions’ hat-trick dream
Finn returned home from Australia after failing to make an appearance due to concerns over his bowling technique
View From the Middle
In the postwar years of austerity there were few more attractive sights in English cricket than the Nottinghamshire batsman Reg Simpson. With a quick eye and the natural gift of timing he developed a back-foot technique that seemed to give him more time than anyone else against the fast bowlers. If they bowled bouncers he swayed effortlessly out of the way. If they pitched it up he drove them elegantly. Always he played with a positive spirit, prepared to embrace risk in pursuit of victory.
Carberry hit an opening century in England's latest warm-up game
The 23-year-old had been widely linked with a move to Old Trafford after his contract with his local side expired last week
There was no shortage of advice for the lad. Every punter in the gallery, even those in green and gold, would not have wished a repeat of the pre-lunch flogging administered to Simon Kerrigan. Pitch it up, son, bowl to your field and let fate take care of the rest.
The Aussie Angle: Painstaking partnership for fifth wicket puts visitors in control
The captain does his best to stay positive but the coach seems to forget that the state of Australian cricket has changed dramatically since his playing days
View From the Middle, by Ian Bell of ESPN: I’ve felt in decent form but keep getting myself out