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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.

England must learn lessons says Andrew Strauss after defeat to South Africa

Andrew Strauss has admitted England need to learn their lessons quickly after sliding to a humbling innings-and-12-runs defeat against South Africa at the Kia Oval.

Alastair Cook, England's captain, was frustrated yesterday

Rain at Edgbaston washes away England's No 1 spot and Warwickshire's hopes of a pay day

England were deprived last night of the opportunity to become the world's top ranked one-day side, when their match against Australia in Birmingham was called off because of rain. Although they are 2-0 ahead in the series they had to win all five scheduled matches if they were to head the International Cricket Council ratings for the first time.

Ben Stokes recovered from being felled by a short ball to complete his century yesterday

County round-up: Stokes ends long wait for century

Ben Stokes registered his first century in more than a year to give Durham an outside chance of arresting a miserable start to the season by beating Lancashire at Chester-le-Street.

It may be a good time to ask either Jimmy Anderson or Stuart Broad (pictured) to step down for Steve Finn or Graham Onions

England ponder chance to rotate fast bowlers

With the series won, the selectors must decide whether it is worth resting Broad or Anderson

Round-up: Classy Compton closes in on 1,000-run feat

As Somerset celebrated signing Twenty20 world record holder Richard Levi, his future team-mate Nick Compton was progressing in contrasting style towards his own record.

James Hildreth sets off for another run during his century
innings for Somerset yesterday

County Championship round-up: Sarwan enjoys state of Grace away from Tests

It will be the opinion of more than one judge on the first day of a West Indies Test series in England that Ramnaresh Sarwan is wasted playing in the Second Division for Leicestershire.

Yorkshire’s Andrew Gale hits out during the Pro40 fixture against Kent at Headingley yesterday

Pro-40 Round-up: Netherlands up and running as Stephanus Myburgh leads from the front

The Netherlands posted an impressive total of 239 for 6 in their first Clydesdale Bank Pro40 fixture of the season, against Gloucestershire yesterday. After losing the toss and being put in at Bristol, the Dutch reached their total thanks to Stephanus Myburgh's impressive 77, which featured 11 fours and two sixes, and Cameron Borgas's 38. Ed Young, who picked up 2 for 31, was the pick of Gloucestershire's bowlers.

Dominant: Darren Maddy put on 224 with Rikki Clarke for the eighth wicket

County Championship round-up: Maddy and Clarke centuries put champions on back foot

The clatter of falling wickets was silenced at Liverpool yesterday as 2011 County Championship runners-up Warwickshire took the upper hand against title-holders Lancashire during a magnificent eighth-wicket partnership between Darren Maddy and Rikki Clarke.

Lovely finish but bigger Tests await

The first part of England's cricketing winter went into meltdown with a 3-0 hammering by Pakistan, but the green shoots of springtime recovery arrived just in time yesterday when victory over Sri Lanka earned them a drawn series.

MATTHEW FLEMING: Afghan women are often warned against playing cricket, says the former all-rounder

Afghan women look to emulate meteoric rise of the men's team

Being a woman in Afghanistan is not easy, being a woman in Afghanistan who wants to play cricket only ups the difficulty level. “Women,” says Diana Barakzai, “are victims of unacceptable rules that prevented them leaving the house.”

Jenny Gunn: The bowler took two wickets in helping England win the first one-day international in New Zealand

Gunn faces new inquiry into her bowling action

England seam bowler Jenny Gunn has been reported to the International Cricket Council (ICC) on account of her bowling action in the first one-day international against New Zealand.

Callum Flynn opens the batting for England’s disability team

Callum Flynn: From battling cancer to batting for England

The 16-year-old cricketer fought off bone cancer and loves his role with disability team. He's also Britain's 'kindest kid'. He talks to Jack Gaughan

Eoin Morgan has been in disappointing form

Eoin Morgan must fight for England Test return says Andy Flower

Team director Andy Flower has warned Eoin Morgan there will be no easy return to England's Test side after being dropped for next month's trip to Sri Lanka.

England's women celebrate

England women seal whitewash

England Women wrapped up a 4-0 series triumph after winning their final Twenty20 match against New Zealand by five wickets in Invercargill. New Zealand made 109 for six, Anya Shrubsole and Georgia Elwiss taking two wickets each. England reached their target with seven balls to spare for a whitewash of the completed matches – Saturday's fourth rubber was washed out.

Graeme Swann in action against Pakistan

England prepare Twenty20 comeback against Pakistan

England were today digesting the disappointment of their opening defeat in the three-match Twenty20 series against Pakistan, and planning already how they can come back to win 2-1.

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