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The Australians celebrate dismissing Jonny Bairstow yesterday

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Kevin Pietersen breaks his silence as he prepares for comeback with England

The batsman has been out since March

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The England batsman has been out injured since March

County cricket: Adams shown door by Surrey after grim start

Chris Adams was sacked as team director by Surrey yesterday after a dire start to the season. The first-team coach, Ian Salisbury, was also relieved of his duties with immediate effect.

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Kevin Pietersen to make return from injury for Surrey later this week ahead of Ashes series

England batsman will be given two games two prove he is fit to feature in the first Test at Trent Bridge on July 10th

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Defiant Cook defends his tactics after series victory

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Graeme Swann thanked elbow surgeon Shawn O'Driscoll for “saving” his career after a Test best match haul.

Michael Vaughan questions England tactics in second Test against New Zealand

Former captain believes England could have been more attacking in the field

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Alastair Cook's 25th test century propels England to huge lead over New Zealand

England captain Alastair Cook completed his 25th test century before tamely falling for 130 as the hosts continued to bat New Zealand out of the second and final test with a lead of over 400 on Monday.

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