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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.

England and India back Edgbaston security

England and India are placing their faith in security experts who have so far told them there is no reason to doubt the Edgbaston Test will go ahead tomorrow.

Tremlett fitness hopes recede

England seem to have been spared a delicate selection problem for the third Test tomorrow.

Ravi Bopara in confident mood ahead of England return

Ravi Bopara insists he is a different player now from the one he was when he won his last Test cap for England two years ago.

Zaheer departs to leave India's attack in tatters

India continued to give the impression yesterday that their plans for the tour of England were written on the back of a fag packet. As Zaheer Khan, their leading fast bowler, was finally withdrawn from the squad because of injury, he was replaced by another left-arm swing bowler, RP Singh.

India do little to dispel feeling of growing crisis

India 352-9 Northamptonshire 355-7 Match drawn (Northamptonshire won on first innings)

Jonathan Trott ruled out of third Test

Jonathan Trott has failed to recover from his shoulder injury in time for the third npower Test at Edgbaston, and was therefore omitted from a 13-man squad announced this morning.

Taylor in tasty form for Lions as big rival Bopara makes meal of chance

England Lions 299 Sri Lanka A 27-0

Dhoni needs Sehwag and Zaheer back to lift India's sagging spirits

Say it ain't so, MS. Say this isn't the best India can do. Tell us that the arrival of Virender Sehwag and the probable return to fitness of both Zaheer Khan and Gautam Gambhir will have England running for cover come next week's third Test at Edgbaston.

Strauss wants world domination

As England hammer India again to go 2-0 up in the series, confident captain insists 'we can be an even better side'

Struggling Strauss must turn promising acorns into great oak

England's leader can do little wrong in terms of captaincy but worrying trend continues with bat

Will Hawkes: Edgbaston revampproves cricket comes second for clubs now

County Focus: Warwickshire know that even a successful county side will never pay for the redevelopments

Cricket round-up: One for pitch inspectors as 21 wickets fall in a day

A staggering 21 wickets fell at Lord's on day one as the County Championship returned, with first Kent being routed for just 87 – Tim Murtagh the star of the show, taking 5 for 27 – before Middlesex were skittled for 153, Azhar Mahmood taking 6 for 36.

Who's for tennis? Court on canvas

The first exhibition to explore lawn tennis as a subject in art opens at Birmingham’s Barber Institute of Art tomorrow.

County round-up: Rhodes fumes over 'unfit' Edgbaston pitch

Worcestershire’s Steve Rhodes believes Warwickshire were lucky not to be punished more harshly after being docked eight points over the state of the pitch at Edgbaston, where they completed a 218-run victory over their neighbours soon after midday.

Moores the merrier after Red Rose's stunning start

This has been an unsettling spring for Lancashire. Huge projected losses prompted dire warnings about the future, attaching even greater importance to the protracted legal battle over the redevelopment of Old Trafford. Meanwhile, a 90-degree realignment of the square has brought a seismic shift in the geography of the 154-year-old ground, albeit one with benefits for some. Finally, 116 years after it was built, members sitting in the grand Victorian pavilion can watch the action from behind the bowler's arm.

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