Taylor has every chance of playing in the third Test at Old Trafford

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Ricky Ponting wants Tests protected from the growth of Twenty20

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Surrey 198 Nottinghamshire 50-0

Matt Butler: Wall-to-wall Ashes to Ashes too much of a good thing

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Ross Taylor and Tom Latham celebrate Eoin Morgan’s wicket last night

England lose thriller by five runs (again)

New Zealand 201-4 England 196-5 (New Zealand win by 5 runs)

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Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott look dejected as India shine

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England have 16 days to pick themselves up for the Ashes after Alastair Cook admitted their remarkable defeat by India in the Champions Trophy final was his worst moment as captain.

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