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Title contenders Durham turned the screw against First Division leaders Yorkshire at Scarborough, stretching their overnight score of 406 for 6 to 573, their highest total since May 2011 and their biggest against Yorkshire, who closed the second day at 182 for 3 in reply, with New Zealand all-rounder Kane Williamson unbeaten on 76.

Flintoff welcomed back at seven while England sweat over Sidebottom

Andrew Flintoff will make his much-awaited Test comeback at Headingley this morning but the England selectors appear to have accepted that his days as a world-class all-rounder are probably a thing of the past. After happily announcing that Flintoff's 18-month injury exile from the side was to end, Michael Vaughan, the England captain, said that the 2005 Ashes hero would now bat at seven in the second Test against South Africa, not six, the position where he built his reputation.

Prince provides delicate touch as Smith's heavy mob tumble

It was mostly a grey July day at Lord's yesterday. Cold too; two of England's fielders called for long-sleeved sweaters in the third over of the morning, only to be thoroughly warmed up two balls later when Graeme Smith, on seven, misjudged a sharplyrising ball from Jimmy Anderson and dollied a catch off the splice to Ian Bell at point.

Positives at a premium as England show their gormless streak again

A new captain, but many of the old failings are still in evidence as New Zealand seal 3-1 series win. By Stephen Brenkley at Lord's

New Zealand 182 England 160: Lacklustre England in need of a winning formula

Saturday's 22-run defeat to New Zealand in the third NatWest Series match highlighted exactly why England continue to be a capable yet modest one-day side. Paul Collingwood's team contains the personnel to challenge and defeat any side in the world but, frustratingly, such performances are all too often followed by unconvincing, lacklustre displays that have a complacent and slightly arrogant air to them.

England's over rate proves we played fair, says Moores

The England coach, Peter Moores, has defended the go-slow tactics of his side in Wednesday's controversial NatWest Series encounter against New Zealand. Paul Collingwood, the captain, has been criticised for the role he played in ensuring the match ended in a no-result.

England 364 New Zealand 123 & 232: Vaughan hails England's escape artists after sealing series win

It took England's bowlers just 65 minutes yesterday to take five New Zealand wickets, completing a thumping victory in the third Test and a 2-0 series triumph. On a morning made for cricket the 16,000 spectators who flocked to Trent Bridge did not know whether to cheer or complain. Had bad light or rain restricted their viewing to 12 overs and three balls they would have been entitled to a 50 per cent refund.

Broadsides a sideshow as support act fails to sparkle

Ryan Sidebottom was in a frightful lather at Trent Bridge yesterday. When Gareth Hopkins, New Zealand's diminutive wicketkeeper, turned the ball late and neatly off his legs and took a single to fine leg, Sidebottom looked at him as if he had said something unforgivably rude about the England bowler's mother.

Kiwis nothing to shout about as England see the finish line

McCullum and Flynn put up a fight but the tourists have been outclassed this series. By Stephen Brenkley at Trent Bridge

England must engage Prior for one-day run

Sixteen weeks ago the landscape was somewhat different for Paul Collingwood and England's one-day side. Uplifting series triumphs over India and Sri Lanka, and two comprehensive Twenty20 victories against New Zealand strongly suggested that they were at last going somewhere. It was Michael Vaughan and the Test team, following series defeats against India and Sri Lanka, who were under pressure. Collingwood was being talked about as Vaughan's heir.

New Zealand 277 & 40-0 England 319: Vaughan recovers touch but England fail to seize initiative

If only England's cricket was as bright as their clothing. In the pre-match hype England talked a good fight, promising to play an aggressive, vibrant and adventurous game. Peter Moores, the England coach, even suggested his side had reached the stage in their development when they could play the sort of cricket they wanted, no matter the opposition.

New Zealand 277 England 68-0: Sidebottom rises above the clouds to leave England in ascendancy

There are occasions when Test cricket appears to do little to promote itself and yesterday was one of them. Hardly a drop of rain fell on the famous old ground but only 55.4 of the scheduled 98.5 overs were completed as bad light ruined the second day of the first Test. Impenetrable cloud cover forced the players from the field on five occasions, much to the frustration of a sizeable and patient crowd.

Lancashire 113 & 233 Nottinghamshire 202 & 33-1: Shreck has the pace to join Nottinghamshire's national service

Having groomed one England fast bowler in Ryan Sidebottom and made something of a strategic error in signing another in Stuart Broad, the last thing Nottinghamshire need is to have England selectors sniffing around to see who else they might part with in the national interest.

Selectors should steer clear of Flintoff

Adam and Eve failed to resist temptation but will Geoff Miller and the England selectors tomorrow when they announce their squad for the first Test against New Zealand? Bait does not come in the form of an apple, but it is the apple of English cricket's eye, Andrew Flintoff, who dominated conversation during the selectors' six-hour meeting in Nottingham on Thursday.

New Zealand Test: Could (and should) do better

England may have won in New Zealand, but the series left more questions than answers, both about the team and about Test cricket itself, writes Angus Fraser
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