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Warwickshire have defended their decision to re-brand the county as the Birmingham Bears for next season’s Twenty20 competition, itself spruced up and re-named the NatWest Twenty20 Blast.

How we agonisingly threw away the greatest World Cup match of all time

South Africa's semi-final against Australia had the most dramatic of finales, as Steve Elworthy painfully recalls

Sir John Owen: Judge who tried a case which led to a change in the law on rape, and also presided over the Tony Martin trial

Sir John Owen was a distinguished advocate and judge whose long career involved him not only in a number of prominent criminal cases but also, more unusually, in two decades of ecclesiastical adjudication. As the splendidly named Dean of the Arches, he headed for two decades the Consistory Court of the Church of England, a medieval body which attracted attention only when it passed judgement on allegedly sexually errant clergy.

West Indies dump Gayle as skipper and face 'new era' with Sammy

Chris Gayle has been sacked as West Indies captain and replaced by Darren Sammy. The West Indies Cricket Board announced the decision last night when naming the squad for the tour of Sri Lanka.

Lee hails 'wonderful person' Flintoff

Australia paceman Brett Lee has described Andrew Flintoff as "an absolute beauty".

County Championship round-up: Derbyshire steal victory despite first innings of 44

Losing to Derbyshire may be depressing but it doesn't usually call for a public apology. Yesterday, however, the Gloucestershire captain Alex Gidman was forced to prostrate himself, metaphorically at least, before his club's supporters after his side somehow conspired to lose a Championship match to Derbyshire despite bowling them out for 44 in the first innings.

Broad gets his name on Lord's board and puts one over on dad

Stuart Broad last night had 101 good reasons to celebrate his maiden Test century at the home of cricket – a hundred chanceless runs plus one entry on the batting honours board which his father, Chris, will now view with a lot of pride and a little bit of envy.

Somerset hopes fade after stalemate

County round-up

North is left out in cold for 2011 Test schedule

England will not play any Tests in the North next summer, breaking a sequence stretching back more than 70 years and heightening concerns about the allocation of major fixtures.

Now it is Pietersen's turn to convince the selectors

Pressure switches to the England No 4 as his poor summer continues and Cook finally finds form

Bring on the Ashes? Not so fast. England still have work to do

After six straight victories, the Test side are on a high. But there are concerns to address this summer, argues Stephen Brenkley

'Opening the batting in Test cricket can be tough at times,' says Strauss

Alastair Cook can breathe easily about retaining his place for next week's third Test. The selectors do not meet until Friday, but Andrew Strauss has already given his opening partner a vote of confidence that will not be overturned.

Broad fined for throwing ball at opponent

England bowler Stuart Broad has been fined 50 percent of his match fee for throwing the ball at Pakistani batsman Zulqarnain Haider, the International Cricket Council said today.

Swann puts new spin on ball of the century

Farhat falls to perfect off-break that evokes memories of Warne's leggie to Gatting in '93

England grow tetchy as beleaguered Pakistan finally show some spirit

Pakistan 72 & 291-9 England 251
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