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Tea Party star, Michele Bachmann, bows out of politics during ethics inquiries

The political landscape in the United States is set to lose one of its most outspoken  - and polarising - characters with the announcement by Tea Party heroine Michele Bachmann that she will not be seeking re-election to the House of Representatives in her Minnesota constituency in next year’s mid-term elections.

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.

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

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Bowler joins Fred Trueman, Bob Willis and Ian Botham by reaching his triple-century of Test victims

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After he and his team-mates struggled to overcome the New Zealand swing bowlers, Jonathan Trott claimed that England's spinner might prove the decisive influence in this match.

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