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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 Sport Matrix: Monday 27 May 2013

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Angus Fraser deserves credit for unleashing Steven Finn's growing aggression

When a cricketer suffers poor form, his wisest move is usually to speak to those who know his game best.

James Anderson celebrates taking his 300th test wicket, that of New Zealand's Peter Fulton, caught by Graeme Swann for 2 during the first test at Lord's Cricket Ground, London

James Anderson will be England's all-time leading wicket-taker according to Sir Ian Botham

Current record-holder believes Anderson will surpass his tally of 383 Test wickets to become England's all-time leading wicket-taker

Stuart Broad of England celebrates the wicket of Brendon McCullum of New Zealand

England v New Zealand 1st Test: England win by 170 runs on dramatic fourth day

In the end it took England less than an hour to wrap up proceedings on Day Four and secure victory by 170 runs in the first Test with New Zealand at Lord’s.

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Scott Borthwick, left, celebrates taking another Surrey wicket

Round-Up: Borthwick’s magical spell sends Surrey into tailspin

Scott Borthwick’s three wickets put Durham in control against Surrey in the County Championship on a damp day three yesterday at The Oval.

County Championship round-up: Thin pickings for patchy Finn

Ashes watch Steven Finn had his last bowl before the first Test against New Zealand as Warwickshire's rain-affected match with Middlesex ended in a somewhat inevitable draw. Finn was not originally scheduled to appear at Edgbaston but his early-season form has been patchy and it was hoped that an extra run-out might help him step up his performance level, which was why, Lions captain Joe Root apart, the 6ft 8in fast bowler was the only member of the 12 selected for Lord's who was required to play yesterday. Unfortunately for Finn, he seldom looked in rhythm during 22 wicketless overs in which he conceded 90 runs and, despite a modified run-up, still managed on two occasions to kick the stumps at the non-striker's end as he was in his delivery stride. He was outbowled by Tim Murtagh, who took 5 for 85, and his place in the Test XI on Thursday looks at risk.

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Graeme Swann and Tim Bresnan return for New Zealand series

Duo back in 12-man England squad after missing Tour of New Zealand

James Taylor could be the man to fill England's middle order hole

There is less than a week until what for many is the true start of the cricketing summer, the first Test Match of the year, and yet there is still some uncertainty about the composition of England's batting lineup.

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