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Steven Finn was back in training with England at Trent Bridge

Fast fillip for England as Steve Finn and Stuart Broad set to return for final ODI against New Zealand

After two weak batting displays, Ian Bell wants to see good scores that the bowlers can defend

Michael Clarke

Australia captain Michael Clarke a doubt for Champions Trophy opener against England

Batsman to see a specialist ahead of Saturday's game

David Gower (left) pictured alongside Ian Botham

David Gower says Australia has 'no culture' and their cricketers have an 'animal mentality'

The former England captain stokes the fires ahead of this summer's Ashes

Tim Murtagh set his side on course for a third win of the season
James Anderson of England celebrates dismissing Peter Fulton of New Zealand to take his 300th test match wicket

James Anderson claims 300th wicket but England labour against New Zealand

England 232 v New Zealand 153 for 4

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Cricket round-up: Shane Watson's Aussie turmoil

Ashes watch part one: Australia will begin this summer's Ashes series in England with a new vice-captain after Shane Watson, left, quit yesterday following a turbulent stint as Michael Clarke's deputy. The 31-year-old all-rounder was suspended during Australia's disastrous tour of India for failing to submit a written self-critique to coach Mickey Arthur. Watson stood in for Clarke as India completed a 4-0 series win with a six-wicket victory in Delhi. His own form has been patchy and he cited that as a reason for resigning. "I want to be the best Test player I can be and think I can do that by focusing my attention on scoring runs and taking wickets."

Tony Palladino hit 68 to boost Derbyshire’s recovery yesterday

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Derbyshire 226 Warwickshire 14-0

Chris Wright (second from left) and his Warwickshire teammates celebrate becoming County Champions last year

Graeme Welch: Happy that Bears bowlers can defend their crown

Astute Warwickshire attack coach tells Jon Culley they can repeat last year's triumph despite Ashley Giles' departure

Jonathan Trott is England’s talisman in the one-day game

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