Andrew Strauss' team-mates, past and present, led the tributes to one of England's most successful captains following his decision to retire from all forms of cricket today.
It's make or break time for Lancashire. Last year's winners of the County Championship will turn up at Liverpool today knowing a victory over Somerset could preserve their First Division status, while defeat is unthinkable.
The fast bowler will need more than a sunny personality
Durham, who began the season among the favourites for the Championship, continued their troubled start by being bowled out for 125 by an injury-hit Somerset side containing five players aged 20 or under yesterday.
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Somerset may not have proved the force they expected to be after being installed as pre-season favourites for the County Championship but they are not yet out of the race.
Andrew Strauss will open the batting for Somerset today in a guest appearance necessitated by his own poor form and the bizarre vagaries of the fixture schedule. Had the county declined Strauss's request to play in the tour match against India, he might well have gone three weeks without an innings before the first Test at Lord's next Thursday.
Craig Kieswetter hit his second Clydesdale Bank 40 century of the season as Somerset made it maximum points from their first four games with an eight-wicket win over Gloucestershire at Taunton yesterday. The Gladiators were bowled out for 213, Alex Gidman top-scoring with 66 and Kane Williamson making 47. Lewis Gregory returned a career-best four for 27.
April may barely have passed but already Varun Chopra is having a season to remember. Yesterday the Warwickshire opener recorded a career-best one-day century to add to the two double centuries that adorn his first-class efforts in the current campaign.
Somerset 268 & 163 Lancashire 451 (Lancashire win by an innings and 20 runs)
England all-rounder has spent just four days with his family since early November
Mike Yardy's issues show it's time the game took a serious look at a calendar that asks so much of players
England all-rounder Michael Yardy has left the World Cup squad and returned home as he is suffering from depression, the England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed today.
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