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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.

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Kevin Pietersen needs at least two first-class games before the Ashes

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The England batsman is currently struggling with injury

County Championship round-up: It's an Aussie one-two as Ed Cowan pips George Bailey to 50

The first County Championship half-century of an Ashes summer was scored, appropriately, by an Australian, pipping another to the mark by moments. Ed Cowan, the man likely to open the batting for Michael Clarke's team in the first Test at Trent Bridge in July, marked his first appearance on that ground for Nottinghamshire by passing 50 in the 20th over against Middlesex, an over ahead of George Bailey, Australia's Twenty20 captain, on his Hampshire debut against Leicestershire at the Ageas Bowl. Bailey fell seven runs short of a debut century.

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Steven Finn determined to cement England place ahead of Ashes

Finn acknowledges that competition for places is fiercer than ever

Jason Bent, Simon Brodkin's spoof footballer, being taken off the pitch

A different kind of comic strip: comedian warms up with Manchester City before Everton game

Simon Brodkin may be known as the star of BBC3’s Lee Nelson’s Well Funny People, but now he’s found a new avenue of fame, as a sporting prankster.

New Zealand v England first Test: England produce abject batting performance

Tourists all out for 167 in first innings

England fight back after wicket drought against India in fourth Test

Fourth test, Nagpur, day three: England 330 (145.5 overs), India 297-8 (130.1 overs)

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Ricky Ponting's fine timing returns as he is first of three greats to see game is up

Ponting retires at the right time but will Tendulkar and Kallis follow his lead?

'The way Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann worked out the wicket was great'

Down the years it has been possible to lament the death of English spin bowling. It was probably interred around 35 years ago somewhere close to a seaming Headingley green top. That would teach it for interfering where it was patently no longer either desired or sought.

Kevin Pietersen’s England central contract formally ended last night

Public apology the price of Kevin Pietersen's England return

Restoring trust is key in a make-or-break week for resolving a dispute that has drained Flower

Kevin Pietersen has appeared disgruntled but still kept up his form with the bat

Central-contract deadline looming for England batsman Kevin Pietersen

The clock is ticking on Kevin Pietersen's status as a centrally-contracted England cricketer.

Batsman Andrew Strauss

England captain Andrew Strauss retires from professional cricket

Andrew Strauss today described his decision to step down as England Test captain as being in the "best interest" of the national team.

England's Stuart Broad (C) reacts during the fourth day of the third International Test cricket match between England and South Africa at Lord's

It should be five Tests, not three, to decide the world's best team

Anybody still think a substandard one-day series with Australia in June was a good idea?

Gareth Batty celebrates taking the wicket of Steven Crook

County Championship round-up: Batty leaves it late to lift Surrey's chances of survival

Surrey gave themselves a fighting chance of preserving their place in the First Division with a tense eight-run win over Middlesex at The Oval, where they had their opponents on the brink of defeat at 197 for 9 chasing 254 to win but then took 29 overs to claim the last wicket.

Rory Burns hit a second century in his eighth first-class match

Surrey pair break batting records against arch-rivals

In a bleak season, some beacons of hope shine for Surrey. Two left-handers, both Surrey-born, combined to set a partnership record with a century apiece at The Oval yesterday to give their side at least a chance of easing their relegation fears with a win over their nearest neighbours.

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