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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.

Rikki Clarke helps Warwickshire to a handy first-innings lead over Somerset

Round-up: Second failure means Patel may be frozen out

It is all very well being sent to the shires to make some runs, but when the month you have been given to rebuild your claim to an England place is April you might argue that the playing field is not exactly level.

Somerset's Vernon Philander hits a six off Darren Maddy of Warwickshire

County Championship round-up: Philander eases burden on captain Trescothick after Somerset batsmen tumble

Only spectators lucky enough to find a sunny vantage point protected by a windbreak might have forgotten that it was early April yesterday, but at least there was little chance of succumbing to hypothermia on account of dozing off.

Clarke a major doubt for decider

Australia captain Michael Clarke is a doubt for the deciding game of the tri-series final against Sri Lanka.

MATTHEW FLEMING: Afghan women are often warned against playing cricket, says the former all-rounder

Afghan women look to emulate meteoric rise of the men's team

Being a woman in Afghanistan is not easy, being a woman in Afghanistan who wants to play cricket only ups the difficulty level. “Women,” says Diana Barakzai, “are victims of unacceptable rules that prevented them leaving the house.”

Jenny Gunn: The bowler took two wickets in helping England win the first one-day international in New Zealand

Gunn faces new inquiry into her bowling action

England seam bowler Jenny Gunn has been reported to the International Cricket Council (ICC) on account of her bowling action in the first one-day international against New Zealand.

Callum Flynn opens the batting for England’s disability team

Callum Flynn: From battling cancer to batting for England

The 16-year-old cricketer fought off bone cancer and loves his role with disability team. He's also Britain's 'kindest kid'. He talks to Jack Gaughan

Eoin Morgan has been in disappointing form

Eoin Morgan must fight for England Test return says Andy Flower

Team director Andy Flower has warned Eoin Morgan there will be no easy return to England's Test side after being dropped for next month's trip to Sri Lanka.

England's women celebrate

England women seal whitewash

England Women wrapped up a 4-0 series triumph after winning their final Twenty20 match against New Zealand by five wickets in Invercargill. New Zealand made 109 for six, Anya Shrubsole and Georgia Elwiss taking two wickets each. England reached their target with seven balls to spare for a whitewash of the completed matches – Saturday's fourth rubber was washed out.

Graeme Swann in action against Pakistan

England prepare Twenty20 comeback against Pakistan

England were today digesting the disappointment of their opening defeat in the three-match Twenty20 series against Pakistan, and planning already how they can come back to win 2-1.

The England captain, Andrew Strauss, sizes up a stroke in the nets at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi yesterday

Strauss has to find feet if history is to be made

Captain desperately needs runs as England aim to turn three-match series on its head

Saeed Ajmal appeals for another wicket on the final day

No positive spin: they flop when it turns

It is clear England are not the finished article but don't panic

Rickey Ponting, right, of Australia is congratulated by teammate Ed Cowan

Test evenly poised after controversial first day

Australia 277-6 v India

Tattersall: His on-field record and off-field conduct earned him wide respect

Roy Tattersall: Off-spin bowler for Lancashire and England

Although a relative latecomer to the professional game, Roy Tattersall enjoyed conspicuous cricketing success with Lancashire between 1948 and 1960. In 1950, amid a first full season bowling off spin, his haul of 171 wickets helped propel the county to a richly deserved share of the championship title. The following year he won the first of his 16 England caps.

County round-up: Stoneman keeps Durham title hopes just about alive

Durham were conceding defeat in the chase for the Championship after they lost at Nottinghamshire last week and with only two matches left against their key rivals' three they are clearly at a disadvantage.

More games of patience will be needed to stay on top of the mountain

There is nothing quite like blasting the opposition into submission with more than a day to spare – and England have done a fair bit of that on their journey to the top of the Test mountain. But patience can be a useful tool to have in the kitbag, too.

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