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The County Championship title has not gone to The Oval since 1971, but the signs suggest the long wait may soon be over.

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Cricket: England's fortunes ebb away

England 199 New Zealand 128-2

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Cricket: New master, new destiny -Interview; Stephen Fleming

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Cricket: Hairline is a bad break for England

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Cricket: His country called, and Tudor rose

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Cricket: Caddick leads fightback after England collapse

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Cricket: Old dog Russell does the trick

Surrey 220-9 Gloucestershire 222-3 Gloucs win by seven wickets

Cricket World Cup : England pay the penalty for poor planning

THE TITLE of the next Oasis album, announced last week, is "Where Did It All Go Wrong?" It's presumably an ironic reference to the famous story about George Best, the room-service waiter, Miss World and the bottle of champagne. For England's cricketers, there is no irony to cling to. They have just become the first England team in living memory - cricket, football or rugby - to go out of a major championship on home turf at the group stage. The hosts will miss half their own party. Where did it all go wrong?

Cricket: Fears grow over Stewart's form

England 197-7; Kent 163 England win by 32 runs (D/L method)

Cricket: Pressure builds early on England

Coca-Cola Cup: Azharuddin takes India to respectability but innings distinctly lacks pyrotechnics

Sports letter: Too risky

Sir: Why is Mike Atherton whingeing about his treatment at the hands of the England World Cup selectors?

Cricket: England's quick fixer is reborn

At 35 Neil Fairbrother is an unlikely figure to build a World Cup strategy around - but he is loving it
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