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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.

It was 30 years ago today: England surely must lose but Beefy and Bob prove that miracles do happen

From the magic of Botham to Willis' heroics, five protagonists of the unforgettable third Test at Headingley recall day-by-day how home side conjured greatest comeback in cricket history against Australia

Pragmatic Bresnan shrugs off ghosts of Headingley past

In his first international match at Headingley, Tim Bresnan looked as though he might never play another anywhere. He and England were taken to the cleaners by Sri Lanka in a humiliating defeat which was as much an ordeal as it was a game.

Gale and Rashid shine to ensure Tykes secure Roses double at Headingley

Yorkshire completed a Twenty20 double over their rivals Lancashire last night courtesy of two England Lions: Andrew Gale and Adil Rashid. The former, the Yorkshire captain, hit 60 out of a total of 178 for 4 before Rashid's legbreaks proved too much for the Lancastrians.

County round-up: Shah shines as Essex romp to victory

Owais Shah guided Essex to victory over Middlesex last night, hitting 78 to steady the Eagles after openers Ravi Bopara and Mark Pettini were out for ducks. Essex overhauled the home side's score of 150 for the loss of five wickets.

David Lloyd: Grounds for concern as ECB prepares to dish out lucrative Tests

County Focus: There are not enough top-notch Test matches on offer to satisfy the nine grounds

On the Front Foot: The north is back on the map next year as 'Olympic Tests' can't go south

There seems to be some confusion about the lack of a Test match this summer further north than Nottingham. In a country with nine venues it seems odd and probably inexcusable. The north should feel aggrieved.

Robert Chesshyre: Innocent once and for all, I hope

There were 308 items of evidence, but none that could be linked to Davis

Jon Culley: Notts' success is proof tons don't win prizes – team spirit does

County Focus: We don't play on flat wickets at Trent Bridge and while that means our top-order can struggle, a 60 from someone further down the card can be worth a lot more

Read's love of a crisis guides Notts over the line in thriller

Worcestershire 315 & 328 Nottinghamshire 382 & 266-7 (Nottinghamshire won by 3 wickets)

County round-up: Maynard rubs salt into Welsh wounds

Glamorgan were given a bitter reminder of their off-season problems yesterday when Tom Maynard scored a century against them for his new club Surrey. Maynard, who left the Welsh county after his father Matthew resigned as coach over the winter, hit 123, his maiden ton, in a Surrey total of 575 for 7.

Trevor Bailey: Combative and uncompromising cricketer hailed as the world's best all-rounder in the 1950s

The decade of the 1950s remains England's most successful in Test cricket, and Trevor Bailey, who has died in a fire at his retirement home, was this country's premier all-rounder throughout that period. Further than that, he irritated the opposition (especially the Australians) to a unique degree, for there never was a batsman more patient, determined and obstinate. Among the less offensive descriptions of him to emanate from the frustrated throng Down Under was "Barnacle", though in their hearts the enemy acknowledged him as tough and uncompromising, qualities they themselves admired.

'Barnacle' Bailey: 'A tower of strength. He was one of a kind and a sad loss'

The great England and Essex all-rounder died yesterday, aged 87. He will be remembered for his wholehearted approach

500-1: The Miracle of Headingley, by Rob Steen and Alastair McLellan

A deeply satisfying Ashes series for England followers, and soon they will be able to relive it in book form; Ashes 2010-11 by Gideon Haigh, Australia's best current cricket writer by a country mile and the contributor of one of the forewords to 500-1, is due to be published next month.

Yorkshireman revels in a home from home to unpick Australia

Tim Bresnan could afford a wide smile in the Sydney rain yesterday as he continued to make the most of his new home from home Down Under.

James Lawton: One by one Australia stood up to be counted. Strauss and Co must do the same

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