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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.

Round-up: Phil Jaques and Alex Lees score tons for Yorkshire

Alex Lees, the 20-year-old Yorkshire opening batsman tipped as a future England player by Geoff Boycott, scored his second century of the season as Derbyshire suffered at Chesterfield, where the visitors hope to regain top place in the First Division from unbeaten Sussex with a fifth win.

Steve Harmison celebrates dismissing Michael Kasprowicz in 2005

Adam Gilchrist: DRS would have denied us all that magical finish in 2005

Aussie Angle: One of the strongest elements of the spirit of any sport is not questioning the umpires or referees

I can honestly say I didn’t hear Stuart Broad edge the ball

Ian Bell on the Ashes 2013: Most of us just sat about eating Cornettos before that final session

View From the Middle, by Ian Bell of ESPN: His match-defining innings and how England dealt with the pressure that an Ashes Test brings

Round-Up: Warwickshire lose title hero Wright to injury for six months

Just as it seemed their disappointing season might be about to perk up, champions Warwickshire have lost Chris Wright, leading wicket-taker in their title-winning side, for the remainder of the season with a stress fracture in his back.

Alastair Cook of England celebrates after catching Peter Siddle of Australia off the bowling of James Anderson

Ashes 2013 First test: James Anderson ends epic resistance as England beat Australia

England 215 & 375 Australia 280 & 296: England endure painstaking review of last wicket before  celebrating thrilling 14-run win in first Ashes Test

Alastair Cook, left, celebrates with Kevin Pietersen, right

Ashes 2013: There’s no one that I’d rather have in my team right now than Jimmy Anderson - Alastair Cook

Jimmy Anderson produced one of the performances of his life to inspire England to a thrilling victory over Australia and his captain, Alastair Cook, claimed no bowler in the world could have done a better job.

Alastair Cook of England celebrates after catching Peter Siddle of Australia off the bowling of James Anderson

Ashes 2013: England win first Test by just 14 runs

James Anderson secured victory for England by 14 runs in the first Investec Ashes Test in a gripping encounter against Australia at Trent Bridge.

Ian Bell steers the ball away during the Adelaide Test in 2010

Ian Bell: My highs and lows for England in the Ashes

View From the Middle, by Ian Bell of ESPN: I’ve felt in decent form but keep getting myself out

Steve Harmison takes it easy at Lord’s

Steve Harmison: Let Kevin Pietersen off leash and he will win the Ashes for England

Former England paceman tells Andrew Tong that batsmen will be key against Australia and Pietersen will lead the way

David Warner, right, and Michael Clarke, left, face the media

Australia in crisis ahead of the Ashes: Timeline of events

Today head coach Mickey Arthur was replaced

Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott look dejected as India shine

Champions Trophy final: This is lowest point of my captaincy but we’ll build again, says Alastair Cook

England have 16 days to pick themselves up for the Ashes after Alastair Cook admitted their remarkable defeat by India in the Champions Trophy final was his worst moment as captain.

Champions Trophy semi-final: Alastair Cook hails England bowlers following victory over South Africa

England won by seven wickets to reach the final

Pakistan’s Misbah-ul-Haq after being clean bowled on Saturday

Wasim Akram calls for 'drastic steps' after Pakistan's humiliation

Comprehensive defeat to old rivals India is blamed on batsmen 'who fell like cards'

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No evidence to back up Bob Willis' claim that England are cheating

Sky pundit brings mutterings and rumours of ball-tampering out into the open but umpires have taken no action at all

India vs Pakistan is one of the sport's most anticipated matches

Champions Trophy: A dead rubber with as much passion and intensity as a final

India are through and Pakistan are out but today’s meeting means the world to both sides

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