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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.

Smith spell fires Lancashire title hopes

Tom Smith took four wickets for just seven runs as Lancashire's bowlers needed only 55 minutes to wrap up their vital 98-run victory over Worcestershire in the County Championship at Blackpool on Saturday.

County round-up: Wonderful Woakes leads the rout of Hampshire

Corporate folk have a thing about rebranding, even when it seems quite unnecessary. Just as Marathon once inexplicably became Snickers, so the City End at Edgbaston is now the Birmingham End. Perhaps it is so spectators still taking in the unfamiliar view from the top of the enormous new pavilion don't forget where they are.

England on top as rain ruins first day

England finished a drastically truncated first day of the fourth npower Test at The Oval with a useful initial advantage over India.

James Anderson eases England injury fears

James Anderson bowled for half-an-hour during England's net session this morning without apparent discomfort from his "minor" thigh injury.

Neal Abberley: Cricketer who served Warwickshire as player and coach for nearly 50 years

The term county stalwart might have been invented for Neal Abberley who, for almost 50 years, served Warwickshire County Cricket Club with unswerving devotion. As a player he enjoyed considerable success, winning the Gillette Cup in 1966 and 1968 and bringing the County Championship back to Edgbaston in 1972. Later he proved an inspirational coach, successfully nurturing generations of aspiring young cricketers.

Five captains, 78 players and three coaches: How England finally hit No 1

India 224 & 244 England 710-7 dec (England win by an innings and 242 runs): They were rock bottom in '99 but now Strauss' heroic team are on top of the world due to fitness, resolve and central contracts

Flower insists this is just the start of something bigger

Becoming top dogs is mission accomplished but there are now more targets on the horizon

On the Front Foot: Edgbaston's passion for the past is a lesson for the future

In securing their future, it is heartening to see Warwickshire have remembered their past. An integral part of the £32 million redevelopment of the Pavilion End at Edgbaston is the cricket museum. In it, the rich history of the club and the ground are told simply, straightforwardly and accessibly. Artefacts are few and far between but the storyboards lining the walls, taped recollections and old film footage provide an insight in to the deeds and players of the past.

Joyful England soar to summit

Ruthless display from Anderson sparks another Indian collapse to take home side to No 1 spot in Test rankings

Run machine Cook hits epic 294 to leave India reeling

India: 224 & 35-1 England: 710-7 dec: Opener's concentration and craftsmanship put England on the brink of series victory

Cook steers England closer to comfortable victory

India 224 & 35-1 v England 710-7 - England lead by 451

England's show of power brings hapless tourists to their knees

India 224 England 456-3

England dominate despite Dhoni resistance

England enjoyed another dominant day against India by bowling the tourists out for 224 on the first day of the third test at Edgbaston before closing on 84 without loss.

Strauss: this game can show not everything in the country is bad

England intend to use the third Test match to put a smile back on the country's face. If they defeat India to go 3-0 ahead in the series, they will lend official status to the unofficial billing they have had for some while as the best team in the world but Andrew Strauss, their captain, yesterday saw a much broader appeal.

Global riot reaction: Safety fears from Europe, satisfaction from Iran

Shock, surprise and just the merest hint of schadenfreude marked world reaction to the rioting that has swept through London and other British cities.

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