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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

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Matt Prior unperturbed but England’s batsmen fluff first Test auditions

England’s batsmen can only hope now that it will be all right on the day. They fluffed their lines like a dressing room full of ham actors in the  second and final dress rehearsal yesterday.

Ricky Ponting will play for Surrey during June and July

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The former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has signed a short-term deal to play for Surrey in a significant coup for the county.

Eoin Morgan: The batsman’s Ashes prospects will be clearer when squad for NZ is named

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Tourists beaten on the final ball

England coast through to Super Six

England claimed a six-wicket victory over the West Indies to ensure their progression to the Super Six stage of the Women's Twenty20 World Cup in Mumbai.

Stuart Broad (2): Unfit, out of form, both of which are not ideal attributes for a vice-captain. It was a big decision to drop him after two wicketless matches and he has work to do to rebuild strength, stamina and bridges. Should be back. Matches 2. Overs 36.0. Wickets (ave.) 0 (n/a). Runs conceded 157

Stuart Broad takes hat-trick in England's warm-up win

Stuart Broad's late hat-trick confirmed the outcome at the Cobham Oval today, after Jos Buttler's maiden England half-century had put the tourists on course for a comfortable victory.

Steven Finn of England bowls during a T20 Practice Match against a New Zealand XI

England warm-up match washed out

Rain sees just 9.1 overs of T20 match played

Alastair Cook has enjoyed an incredible year in Test cricket

Magical memories of 2012 - Cricket: 'A sweep for three and Cook had broken a 73-year-old landmark'

6 December: Alastair Cook breaks England century record

Australia captain Michael Clarke

Australia go into 'quarantine' ahead of second Test against Sri Lanka

Baggy Greens already suffering from lengthy casualty list

England win series in India for first time in 27 years

Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell both record centuries on final day

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Bowing out gracefully?

Kevin Pietersen has appeared disgruntled but still kept up his form with the bat

Central-contract deadline looming for England batsman Kevin Pietersen

The clock is ticking on Kevin Pietersen's status as a centrally-contracted England cricketer.

England bowler Graeme Swann to miss rest of one-day series against South Africa

England spinner Graeme Swann has been rested for the last three matches of the NatWest one-day series against South Africa, with James Tredwell called up as cover.

Kevin Pietersen in animated mode with Nasser Hussain yesterday

The end is nigh for KP after a grim year of texts, tweeting and treachery

Today is the first anniversary of one of the greatest moments in English cricket history. It will be marked by soul-searching, hand-wringing and wondering what the heck to do next.

Kevin Pietersen in animated mode with Nasser Hussain yesterday

Stephen Brenkley: The end is nigh for Kevin Pietersen after England's grim year of tweeting, texting and treachery

Pietersen may walk away to a maverick future of T20 events and loss of sponsors

A forlorn Stuart Broad, while Amla gallops towards yet another century

Errors set to hand match, series and No 1 ranking to South Africa

Gradually, inexorably, the match, the series and the status slipped through England's hands yesterday. Some time today, barring a resplendent and historic batting performance, South Africa will win the fourth Test and the rubber 2-0, becoming the world's top-ranked side.

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