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Two hundreds this week by England batsmen in the warm-up games before the Ashes series starts in Brisbane on 21 November. But they will soon be forgotten, whereas to score a Test century is to be remembered forever.

The Australians celebrate dismissing Jonny Bairstow yesterday

Ashes 2013: There’s plenty to admire but jury is still out on Jonny Bairstow

England’s No 6 showed some glimpses but questions remain over his ability at top level

Australia's leftie Mitchell Starc may help Swann with his foot marks

Graeme Swann: ‘The more you play, the more you yearn for Ashes cricket’

Spinner reveals his ‘desperation’ to win series and shrugs off poor Trent Bridge record

Kevin Pietersen: Back from injury, the star batsman plays for Surrey today and then England in T20

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

The batsman has been out since March

Kevin Pietersen’s wish for more free time has been granted

Kevin Pietersen to make surprise early return during Twenty20 matches against New Zealand

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.

Kevin Pietersen expects to return to action for Surrey this Friday

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

Nottinghamshire might not want to be labelled as a one man team but there is no escaping how much stronger they are with Andre Adams in their side
Eoin Morgan walks off after losing his wicket to Mitchell McClenaghan

Champions Trophy: Can Eoin Morgan steer England out of ODI batting mire?

Since being duffed up by Australia four years ago, England have become formidable at home. They have lost the odd match but not one of the eight series, and although they have occasionally performed indifferently they have recovered.

Alastair Cook looks on nervously during a rain break yesterday

James Lawton: Lucky England captain Alastair Cook narrowly avoids letting New Zealand off the hook

England's 2-0 series win had come within a few droplets of being expunged

The Sport Matrix: Wednesday 29 May 2013

Defiant Cook defends his tactics after series victory

England’s Graeme Swann celebrates taking another scalp

Second Test: Graeme Swann thanks elbow surgeon Shawn O'Driscoll for saving his career as England beat New Zealand

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

Alastair Cook prepares to sweep watched by wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum

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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