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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.

Strauss was given out in controversial circumstances

England coach Andy Flower accepts failings

England coach Andy Flower admitted that the world number one side had fallen shockingly short of their high standards in the 10-wicket defeat to Pakistan.

Misbah-ul-Haq, Pakistan captain: 'We had not expected it to be so easy for us, but England can come back at any time’

'We were caught cold and will have to knuckle down,' admits Strauss

Andrew Strauss warned his England players to heed the harsh lessons of their crushing defeat by Pakistan in the first Test before their chances of victory in the three-match series disappear.

Stuart Broad remains confident

Broad: We have a history of winning after 'average' starts

Despite the understandable excitement surrounding England's comeback yesterday, one fact should be clear. To win a Test match after scoring 200 in the first innings is rare. England have done it since 1997 when they scored 180 against Australia and won on the third afternoon by 18 runs, though Australia, having already annexed the Ashes, were dashing for the airport at the time.

England's Stuart Broad has treatment after being hit on the foot in the nets ahead of tomorrow's first Test against Pakistan

England face endurance test to hold on to top spot

England begin their first Test series as the best team in the world tomorrow. By the time the third match against Pakistan finishes early next month they will have a clearer idea of where they truly stand.

England's Stuart Broad has treatment after being hit on the foot in the nets ahead of tomorrow's first Test against Pakistan

England face an endurance test to remain at No 1

England begin their first Test series as the best team in the world tomorrow. By the time the third match against Pakistan finishes early next month they will have a clearer idea of where they truly stand.

Rickey Ponting, right, of Australia is congratulated by teammate Ed Cowan

Test evenly poised after controversial first day

Australia 277-6 v India

Andy Flower, the England coach, conducts a fielding session at The Oval this week

England team director Andy Flower wins two coaching awards

England and Wales Cricket Board chief executive David Collier has praised the work of England team director Andy Flower after he claimed two awards last night at the 2011 UK Coaching Awards.

County round-up: Chanderpaul and Wright keep Bears in hunt for title

England selector Ashley Giles clearly chose well when he recruited Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Chris Wright to his title-chasing cause as Warwickshire's director of cricket. Yesterday at Headingley, the two combined to devastating effect as the Midlands county moved to within three points of leaders Lancashire in the race for the County Championship.

Warwickshire's title collapse

Hampshire 141 & 416 Warwickshire 250 & 98 (Hampshire won by 209 runs)

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England have blown chances in the past... this time it will be different

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Moores focused solely on Roses game despite Lancashire's rejuvenation in exile

One of the two Roses rivals was tipped to challenge for the title this season, but it wasn't Lancashire. Peter Moores' side finished mid-table last season, some way from the struggle for the pennant, but they've looked a different team this year at their temporary home of Aigburth. Yorkshire, by contrast, are in trouble, having only escaped the relegation zone with last week's victory over Worcestershire.

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Bob Willis went to Botham's barbecue on the rest day at Headingley in 1981 convinced he would never play for England again. Then he produced one of Test history's greatest spells
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