Sport Ravi Bopara is controversially dismissed in the fifth ODI between England and Australia

Bopara opted for caution as he batted towards England's target with the tail only to be stumped by the television umpire for lifting his foot in the crease as the bail was removed

Graeme Smith of Surrey is out for two as he edges a ball from Peter Trego of Somerset to James Hildreth in the slips

Just half an over and out: Graeme Smith fails on Surrey bow

Somerset 384 Surrey 98-4

Graeme Smith of Surrey makes his way back to the pavilion having been dismissed for two

Amid great expectations at the Oval... Graeme Smith makes just 2 on his debut innings for Surrey

South African great had kept the faithful waiting

Alviro Petersen made 167 off 255 balls for Somerset yesterday

Alviro Petersen steals limelight on Graeme Smith's Surrey debut

Somerset 344-8 v Surrey

Graeme Smith at The Oval, where he is preparing for a busy summer

Graeme Smith brings stardust and steel as Surrey rebuild after turbulent year

At a stage of his career when most players are seeking to lighten their workload – and boost their bank balance via a brisk crash, bang, wallop in the Indian Premier League – Graeme Smith has gone the other way.

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As the new cricket season gets underway this week there will be the usual platitudes about how the game remains an intrinsic part of Englishness

Kevin Pietersen: The batsman was spoken to by the referee in the Mohali airport toilets

Will England miss Kevin Pietersen?

The batsman has been ruled out of the final Test against New Zealand, and is a concern for the Ashes

A frustrated Alastair Cook in New Zealand

England captain Alastair Cook labelled a 'genius' by Brendon McCullum

England play New Zealand in the second Test from tonight

Stuart Broad in action in New Zealand

Andy Flower confident Stuart Broad turning the corner on comeback trail

Bowler showed signs of improvement in the first Test against New Zealand

Timely century brings relief to Nick Compton and England

Nick Compton was both proud and relieved after the maiden Test century which has surely cemented his role as an Ashes opener this summer.

Nick Compton, of England, walks off the field after being bowled by Tim Southee, of New Zealand

New Zealand v England first Test: Awful collapse puts Nick Compton in peril

England opener’s duck in first Test has left his Ashes spot in doubt – unlike a certain KP

Jonathan Trott in action against New Zealand

Jonathan Trott can't explain England collapse against New Zealand

England were bowled out for 167

New Zealand v England: Graeme Swann to fly to US for operation to save career

First day of first Test washed out by rain

Steve Finn warming up during an England net session in Dunedin yesterday

Steve Finn hopes 100mph ball will speed England to Test victory

Shorter run-up should enable fast bowler to smash barrier against New Zealand tonight

Doug Bracewell

New Zealand bowler hurts foot in 'house party related injury'

Doug Bracewell may miss first Test against England

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