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

James Anderson celebrates taking his 300th test wicket, that of New Zealand's Peter Fulton, caught by Graeme Swann for 2 during the first test at Lord's Cricket Ground, London

James Anderson will be England's all-time leading wicket-taker according to Sir Ian Botham

Current record-holder believes Anderson will surpass his tally of 383 Test wickets to become England's all-time leading wicket-taker

James Anderson celebrates taking his 300th test wicket, that of New Zealand's Peter Fulton, caught by Graeme Swann for 2 during the first test at Lord's Cricket Ground, London

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Stuart Broad of England celebrates the wicket of Brendon McCullum of New Zealand

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In the end it took England less than an hour to wrap up proceedings on Day Four and secure victory by 170 runs in the first Test with New Zealand at Lord’s.

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England 232 & 180-6 v New Zealand 207: Yorkshire batsman brings England back into the first Test with gutsy innings but late flurry of wickets also offers Kiwis hope of victory, writes Stephen Brenkley at Lord’s

James Anderson of England celebrates dismissing Peter Fulton of New Zealand to take his 300th test match wicket

James Anderson claims 300th wicket but England labour against New Zealand

England 232 v New Zealand 153 for 4

Bruce Martin of New Zealand celebrates the wicket of Nick Compton during day one of 1st Investec Test match between England and New Zealand

Slow progress for England on the first day of the first Test against New Zealand

The hosts end the day on 160 for 4

Stuart Broad has not been reinstated as Test vice-captain

Stuart Broad: It is a big thing if we ain't got that swing says England bowler ahead of New Zealand Test

England's bowlers are preparing for an outbreak of panic if swing continues to elude them against New Zealand. Indeed, it may be full-blown hysteria followed by the need for crisis counselling.

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Mark Wood right at home to torment Notts yet again

Nottinghamshire 320 & 145-5 Durham 471

Will Smith on his way to his 14th first-class century yesterday

Will Smith comes good for Durham but Stuart Broad forced to go off again

Nottinghamshire 320 Durham 297-6

Joe Root showed his class with 182 to help Yorkshire to victory

Round-Up: Warwickshire draw strength from escape at Somerset

Warwickshire pulled off an unlikely escape act to salvage a draw as yesterday's sole remaining County Championship fixture produced a thriller in Taunton.

James Taylor tries a pull on his way to 112 yesterday

Derbyshire 256 & 143-5 Nottinghamshire 443: Discarded James Taylor's century posts reminder to England

If there is a batsman in the First Division with something to prove this summer, then it is James Taylor, whose elevation from pint-sized bully of Second Division attacks to Test-class middle-order batsman has not been the smooth transition some of his supporters thought could be taken as read.

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Never seemed ready for this series and his 73 in the second Test was untypically laboured. Perhaps it was the knee which forced him to leave the tour, perhaps something more deeply-seated.

Ashes 2013: Fears over fitness of Kevin Pietersen heighten

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Matt Prior in action during the 2011 World Cup against Sri Lanka

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Matt Prior of England is hugged by Stuart Broad as he leaves the field with Monty Panesar at the end of day five of the Third Test match against New Zealand

New Zealand v England: 'It was just my lucky day,' admits hero Matt Prior

Matt Prior reflected on the vagaries of batting fortune after his match and series-saving innings for England. He scored an unbeaten 110 which ensured that England left New Zealand with a 0-0 draw in the series that looked likely to elude them. It was crisp, to the point and deserved the reward it brought.

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