Lane hopes the changes will lead to a full Test series in the future

Women's Ashes 'steps forward'

The women's Ashes begin on Sunday with a new multi-format structure and Mark Lane, who coached England until earlier this year, calls the changes a "really good step forward".

Dylan Hartley in action during Northampton Saints pre-season training at Stowe School

New-look Saints stick with captain Dylan Hartley

Northampton parade Premiership's strongest set of summer signings at swanky Stowe School

Michael Clarke and Shane Watson of Australia leave the ground after rain stopped play

Ashes 2013: Michael Clarke claims there is not 'much of a gap' between England and Australia

The hosts retained the Ashes yesterday after the third Test was drawn

Peter Siddle celebrates taking Kevin Pietersen's wicket

Ashes 2013: Downpours dilute home triumph at Old Trafford but urn stays on these shores

The weather made an unlikely victory for Australia impossible, despite three early wickets on the final day

England captain Alastair Cook with fans

Alastair Cook: 'It was a strange day but I'd have snapped your hand off to retain the Ashes in 14 days'

Alastair Cook became the first England captain for 85 years to help his team retain the Ashes this early and called on cricket’s rulers to end the confusion surrounding the umpires’ use of technology.

Motorists make their way through flood water in Loughborough

Forecasters: Flood risk in south west and northern England, Wales and southern Scotland

Met Office issues yellow severe weather warning

Matt Prior, second right, was left frustrated that David Warner should have been given out caught behind

Ashes 2013: Matt Prior wants ‘frustrating’ DRS to be used properly

Matt Prior hinted yesterday that England had started to lose faith in the use of technology in an Ashes  series that has contained plenty of umpiring controversy.

Pietersen smashes the first of two consecutive sixes off Nathan Lyon

Ashes 2013 third Test day three match report: Kevin Pietersen century saves England but there is still plenty of work to do

Australia 527-7 dec England 294-7: Tourists are still on top despite star turn's disciplined century, but with bad weather forecast England can clinch the series at Old Trafford

A&Es miss waiting time targets as NHS 111 slides

Major accident and emergency departments have failed to meet waiting-time targets for two weeks running, the latest figures suggest.

Ashes 2013: Frustrated England toil as Michael Clarke displays class

Australia reach 303 for 3 on the first day of the third Test at Old Trafford

July was sunniest since 2006

The July of 2013 has been the warmest, driest and sunniest since 2006 – and today is expected to see a hot start to August too.

Ashes 2013: Alastair Cook confident Kevin Pietersen will be fit for third Test

Calf complaint has made batsman a doubt

People enjoying the good weather on Scarborough beach, as the summer heatwave continues across the UK

Return of the heatwave: Sunnier conditions set to banish rain and storms – for one day at least

After a grey and rainy few days, many Britons may be pleased to hear that the weather looks set to return to temperatures close to those experienced in the heatwave - for Thursday at least.

Kevin Pietersen warms up at Old Trafford

Ashes 2013: Kevin Pietersen tests the pain barrier to prove his fitness for third Test

Kevin Pietersen was put through a series of rigorous training exercises to prove his fitness for the third Test. He was accompanied for most of England's session by the team physiotherapist, Craig De Weymarn.

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