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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.

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

Sam Robson will also qualify for England when his residence permit arrives

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

Champions Warwickshire find Tony Palladino a pain

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

The Last Word: Champions Trophy under radar so far but it could light up the summer

We’ll see if more ODI practice will pay off for England in the Champions Trophy

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

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The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
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Cabbage is king again

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The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

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Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

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Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee