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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Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker