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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.

Australian cricketer David Warner (R) answers questions from the media as he sits beside team captain Michael Clarke during a press conference in central London

'I put my hand up and apologise': David Warner 'extremely remorseful' for attack on Joe Root

The Australian batsman has spoken publicly about the incident for the first time

David Warner was fined only three weeks ago for a breach of the code of behaviour following a series of tweets against a journalist

Australia batsman David Warner admits punching Joe Root and is suspended until first Ashes Test

Warner has been suspended after 'attacking' English batsman Joe Root

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One of the strangest of all sporting phenomena will be witnessed today. New Zealand go into a match against Australia with a swagger instead of a whimper. In many eyes, except those of the bookmakers, they are indeed favourites for abundantly sound reasons: New Zealand know what they are about, Australia do not.

India's Shikhar Dhawan celebrates his century (100 Runs) during the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy One Day International (ODI) cricket match between India and West Indies at The Oval in London

Champions Trophy: India cruise to victory over West Indies by eight wickets

India (236 for two) beat West Indies (234 for nine) by eight wickets

South African bowler Ryan McLaren celebrates wrapping up Pakistan’s innings with the wicket of Junaid Khan

Champions Trophy cricket: Pakistan 'totally lost' after defeat to South Africa, says Misbah-ul-Haq

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq admitted his side's batsmen were “totally lost” after mis-firing again on the way to a 67-run defeat by South Africa.

South African bowler Ryan McLaren celebrates wrapping up Pakistan’s innings with the wicket of Junaid Khan
A B de Villiers faces his side being without Dale Steyn
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Dale Steyn set to miss Pakistan clash for South Africa

South Africa's skipper AB de Villiers has effectively ruled fast bowler Dale Steyn out of tomorrow's Champions Trophy clash with Pakistan.

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Brad Haddin rides to rescue for Aussie A-Team

Simon Turnbull watches veteran keeper do a ‘Mr T’ as the Australian second string go quietly about their business

Sunil Narine is the top-ranked bowler in the 50-over format

Today at Champions Trophy: Pakistan v West Indies - Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels take on the guile of Saeed Ajmal's spin

Both teams enter their first game of this year's ICC Champions Trophy after winning one warm-up game. Pakistan had their first game washed out due to rain and then beat South Africa, while the West Indies were easily beaten by Australia before Monday's victory over Sri Lanka.

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Coach hopes keeper will be able to build on his one-day breakthrough as he did at T20 level

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