Sport Kevin Pietersen can either wait for the IPL auction next month or play county cricket in England

There are rumours that the batsman's England career is over

Flooding in Godmanchester, Huntingdon

Flash floods and series of heavy thunderstorms mark end of heatwave

A month's rain fell in just a few hours in some areas

Yasir Arafat took 4-5 as Warwickshire were bowled out for just 73

Round-Up: Arafat sinks Warwickshire to record low of 73

Warwickshire were bowled out for their lowest ever 20-over total of 73 as Somerset won by 10 wickets at Taunton to keep alive their hopes of a fifth straight Twenty20 finals day.

Jeetan Patel’s four wickets helped Warwickshire wrap up the win

Warwickshire 463 & 180-6 Nottinghamshire 217 & 210: Champions' gamble pays off as Jeetan Patel keeps slim title hopes alive

Champions Warwickshire have left themselves with still plenty to do if they are to mount a successful defence of their title, but a comprehensive victory over Nottinghamshire will serve notice to those above them that they cannot be discounted.

Round-up: Phil Jaques and Alex Lees score tons for Yorkshire

Alex Lees, the 20-year-old Yorkshire opening batsman tipped as a future England player by Geoff Boycott, scored his second century of the season as Derbyshire suffered at Chesterfield, where the visitors hope to regain top place in the First Division from unbeaten Sussex with a fifth win.

Andy Burnham, the shadow Health Secretary, was under pressure last night over a shocking catalogue of fatal blunders at hospitals across England

Andy Burnham defends Labour's record as healthcare report shines light on 'failings' under previous government

Shadow Health Secretary hits back by saying things have got a lot worse under Coalition

Ricky Ponting celebrates his century

Ricky Ponting signs off with a ton in typical style

Surrey 198 & 395-8 dec Nottinghamshire 410 (Match drawn)

Ricky Ponting finished unbeaten on 41 runs at The Oval

Ricky Ponting turns back the clock one last time

Surrey 198 & 186-2 Nottinghamshire 410

Chris Tremlett took three wickets on a tough day for Surrey

Chris Tremlett toils to prove Ashes fitness as Notts turn the screw

Surrey 198 Nottinghamshire 360-6

The Barmy Army pictured following England

Ashes 2013: Barmy Army musician wants trumpet U-turn ahead of first Test

Trent Bridge have banned Billy 'the Trumpet' Cooper from playing

Ricky Ponting in action for Surrey

Ricky Ponting struggles for grand farewell with Notts on top

Surrey 198 Nottinghamshire 50-0

'Dead' body of pensioner floating in Nottinghamshire river was actually alive

Police were called to Colwick Marina after the captain of a pleasure cruiser reported a body floating in the water on Tuesday

It won't be shale gas that keeps the lights on

There are fears that fracking may lead to the contamination of groundwater
Eye full: Lee Westwood watches his tee shot at the second

US Open 2013: Wicked pins leave Lee Westwood feeling like a basket case

There are words beginning with the letter W that Lee Westwood doesn’t mind. Wedge, wind, wage and wood come to mind. Worksop is fine. It ought to be. It’s where he was born and lived until he moved recently to the United States.

Michael Lumb accepts that it may be too late for him to add a Test cap to his England appearance
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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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