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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.

County Championship round-up: Onions just misses 10-wicket haul as Notts feel full force of his frustration

Graham Onions unleashed his frustration at missing the cut from a third consecutive Test squad by taking nine Nottinghamshire wickets with an extraordinary exhibition of high quality seam and swing bowling at Trent Bridge yesterday.

Kevin Pietersen believes he is expected to play too much

England will not be weakened by Kevin Pietersen omission says Graeme Swann

England spinner Graeme Swann says England will not be weakened by the absence of Kevin Pietersen for this week's third Test against South Africa at Lord's.

Kevin Pietersen has left Andrew Strauss with plenty of head-scratching to do

Pietersen must come clean or miss world T20 defence

England are in another race against time and more anguished reflection to try to salvage Kevin Pietersen's international career. After dropping him for the decisive third Test against South Africa, which begins at Lord's on Thursday, the management must decide whether to include him in the squad for the defence of the World Twenty20 title next month.

Pietersen will have to come clean about the text messages he sent to South Africa players

Kevin Pietersen must come clean about texts or miss out on T20 defence

England management debating whether to include embattled batsman in squad as text saga rumbles on

Pietersen: In or out of tomorrow's squad?

Kevin Pietersen 'inclusion' clouds Test selection

Kevin Pietersen's inclusion, or otherwise, in tomorrow's squad to face South Africa in the must-win Lord's Test has been the source of fevered conjecture all week.

England’s Kevin Pietersen lasted only two balls yesterday

Ian Botham calls for end to Kevin Pietersen dispute

Former England captain Ian Botham has called on the England and Wales Cricket Board and Kevin Pietersen to settle their differences ahead of the third Investec Test against South Africa at Lord's next week, and claims the stand-off "reflects poorly" on the game.

Kevin Pietersen during the second Test match against South Africa

KP let down by his timing

Batsman's issues are not all about himself but he misses the bigger picture

Morgan gets Lions moving

The England Lions batsmen made only modest progress on the first day of the unofficial Test against Australia A at Old Trafford, reaching 140 for 4 off 66 overs after rain had wiped out the morning's play.

Kevin Pietersen loss could present opportunity to another player, says Mike Gatting

Mike Gatting does not want to see Kevin Pietersen retire from international cricket but believes it could present an opportunity to another player.

England’s Kevin Pietersen lasted only two balls yesterday

If KP does call it quits, no man is bigger than the team, says Prior

While Matt Prior's innings yesterday morning will for ever be overshadowed by Kevin Pietersen's Saturday afternoon masterclass it was, in its own right, just as important to England's prospects of recapturing their killer instinct.

England v South Africa: Alviro Petersen takes control on day two of the second Test

Alviro Petersen scored 182, his highest in a test match, as he steered South African to a commanding 419 all out on day two of the second test at Headingley on Friday.

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Ian Bell: Win the first hour and we'll be back in the series

View From the Middle: Immediately after the loss in The Oval dressing room we talked about where we had gone wrong and how we could avoid such errors again

James Taylor looks on during a nets session at Headingley

Taylor the latest to fill problem role as England expect No 6 of the best

Debutant comes in with captain Strauss hailing 'proper batter who can play really long innings'

England’s Matt Prior mistimes a ball from Imran Tahir and is caught by Jacques Kallis

Jacques Kallis: Our bowling attack is up there with the best ever

This series was presented as the battle between the two most powerful bowling units in world cricket, but the evidence of the first Test suggested there was a disparity between South Africa's attack and that of England.

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