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What a fine mess English cricket finds itself in. Yet for supporters of a certain age, the last two months in Australia have just been a return to normal service.

Nasser Hussain is currently working as a pundit for Sky Sports

Nasser Hussain leads the race to fill national role

Former captain in line for England team director's post after Strauss rules himself out

Ian Bell

The Sport Matrix: Friday 20 September 2013

Winter World Cup moves step closer as Uefa backs plan

Durham batsmen Will Smith (right) and Mark Stoneman celebrate after winning the County Championship

Paul Collingwood's band of local boys triumph over adversity and bad luck

Year that hit rock bottom with coach Geoff Cook's heart attack ends in stirring Durham title win

Durham captain Paul Collingwood (c) and team celebrate with the trophy after winning the LV County Championship Division One title

Durham clinch County Championship title

Rain halted victory over Nottinghamshire before Durham clinched 62 runs required at Chester-le-Street

Paul Collingwood made an unbeaten 88 in Durham’s first innings

Durham coronation held up by Steve Mullaney's defiance

Nottinghamshire 78 & 246 Durham 256 & 7-0

The Sport Matrix: Wednesday 18 September 2013

Rampant Rooney helps United open campaign in style

Paul Borrington: Batsman made the most of his opportunity with a painstaking innings of 75

Tony Palladino strikes at the death to renew Derbyshire hopes

Derbyshire 298 Durham 82-2

Brown was 78 not out at close of play

County Championship round-up: Durham make slow progress as Brown punishes Yorkshire

The September scourge of unreliable weather may yet play a part in determining a County Championship that has the potential to provide another close finish. None of today's matches escaped interruption, with First Division leaders Durham suffering the biggest frustration.

Paul Collingwood of Durham bats during the LV County Championship division one match between Yorkshire and Durham

The Light Roller: Stay alert for a classic Championship climax

The diary of a cricket obsessive

County Championship round-up: Victorious Durham in pole position

Durham made themselves favourites for the Championship when the perseverance of their depleted bowling attack was rewarded with a seven-wicket victory over leaders Yorkshire, who saw their lead slashed by 20 points.

Mark Stoneman
Australia captain Michael Clarke (L) and coach Darren Lehmann

The Light Roller: Back-to-back contests will fire up the Ashes down under

Diary of a cricket obsessive

Richard Halsall shows how it’s done on the Sky coaching scheme

Ashes 2013: How England’s fielding guru Richard Halsall helps catch out the opposition

Richard Halsall tells Ed Aarons the three  victims bagged in the slips by Alastair Cook  on Sunday was no fluke

The Australians celebrate dismissing Jonny Bairstow yesterday

Ashes 2013: There’s plenty to admire but jury is still out on Jonny Bairstow

England’s No 6 showed some glimpses but questions remain over his ability at top level

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He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
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