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England suffered yet another defeat in the opening Twenty20 match against Australia and need to win the remaining two if they are to take the series

James Anderson's absence spurs West Indies

West Indies' top order could do with a break as the tourists try to avoid a whitewash in the Investec Test series against England - and James Anderson's absence from the final match may have given them one.

Narine (pictured) has been called up as a replacement for the injured fast bowler, Kemar Roach, and will be drafted into the side for the third Test against England at Birmingham which starts next Thursday

West Indies hope Narine's knuckle ball can revive their punch

IPL heroics earn talented mystery spinner a Test call and revive memories of Sonny Ramadhin

'Anderson can say some more when I get my double hundred'

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Ollie Rayner raises his bat on reaching his century at Trent Bridge

County round-up: Nightwatchman has his day as Rayner hits unbeaten ton

Ollie Rayner already had membership of one fairly exclusive club after scoring a hundred on his first-class debut in 2006; yesterday at Trent Bridge he joined another by making a century in an innings he began as nightwatchman as Middlesex avoided the follow-on against Nottinghamshire.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul aggravated a left hand injury against Sussex yesterday

Shivnarine Chanderpaul injury is latest worry for Windies

For five minutes yesterday, before the rains came back, a dressing room held its collective breath. Shivnarine Chanderpaul, the world's No 1 batsman, on whose shoulders reside almost all West Indies' hopes for the Test series against England, summoned the team physiotherapist.

Delays and drizzle hit West Indies

West Indies 46-2 Sussex
Chris Gayle has not featured for the West Indies since the World Cup

Gayle seeks return to West Indies fold

As the West Indies began their tour yesterday it was overshadowed by a familiar but absent figure – Chris Gayle, their former captain who has been in dispute with the West Indies Cricket Board for the past year and in truth for many seasons before that, declared his availability for the limited-overs series in England.

Kevin Pietersen made just 5 but signed off with a win in his final match for Delhi in the IPL

Alarm bells at New Road over floods alert

Worcestershire are set to go on flood watch after the abandonment of their match with Nottinghamshire at rain-battered New Road yesterday.

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Tail wags but Clarke takes five to wrap up series win for Australia

Australia 328 & 259 West Indies 218 & 294 (Australia win by 75 runs)

Cairns clears name after claims of match-rigging

The former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns was awarded damages of £90,000 yesterday after winning a libel case over allegations of match-fixing.

Kevin Pietersen trudges back to the pavilion after scoring just 14 against Pakistan on Monday

Pietersen silent on his form but disquiet grows

As the desert sand settled around Alastair Cook's sterling century yesterday, the attention moved sharply to his opening partner. It has never shifted far from Kevin Pietersen since a balmy day at the Oval in 2005 when he plundered Australia but there is the undoubted sense now that he is playing for his one-day career.

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