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England encountered more reminders of the perils of an India tour as they laboured for their wickets against Haryana.
Nick Compton inched back ahead of Joe Root, with an ultra-patient maiden 50 for England, in the battle to become Alastair Cook's next Test match opening partner.
From swirls of colour to geometric metal patterns, Trish Lorenz unrolls the latest wallpaper trends
Durham clinched their first LV County Championship Division One victory of the season after a 15-run win over Middlesex in a low-scoring contest at Chester-le-Street.
One topic above all continues to dominate the early season. It has been fuelled by scores of 0 and 6 and if the flames are not yet engulfing Andrew Strauss, only one repellent on earth can extinguish them. He needs a Test hundred and he needs one smartish.
Ex-England captain says current incumbent is on hiding to nothing and should return for first Test – when he backs him to come good
Monty Panesar's timely five-wicket haul today added value to the theory England may yet use him as a second spinner in their Test series against Pakistan.
Alastair Cook played a near lone and highly-skilled hand to defy the Pakistan Cricket Board XI's pace and spin on day one of England's final warm-up match at the GCA ground.
England may need to offer further evidence of their strength in depth following enforced changes yesterday to their squad for the fourth Test. Jimmy Anderson, one of the heroes of Edgbaston and of recent campaigns in general, has an injured quadriceps, and Chris Tremlett failed a fitness test on his back.
Lancashire 313 Durham
"Find a fast bowler" was a campaign that English cricket would dutifully dust off and re-launch at regular intervals during the 1980s and 90s. Now, with stocks apparently healthier than they have been for years, the task this week is to find the right fast bowler to inconvenience Sri Lanka with Friday's second Test in mind.