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Kevin Pietersen breaks his silence as he prepares for comeback with England

The batsman has been out since March

Ricky Ponting has ruled out a return to Test cricket

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The former Australia captain today announced his retirement plans

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The England batsman has been out injured since March

Michael Lumb accepts that it may be too late for him to add a Test cap to his England appearance
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Pakistan 165 India 102-2 (India win by 8 wkts - D/L method)

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Chris Gayle of West Indies hits the ball to the boundary during the ICC Champions Trophy group B match (Getty Images)

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Coach hopes keeper will be able to build on his one-day breakthrough as he did at T20 level

Martin Guptill cracked a match-winning 103 not out

England v New Zealand: Alastair Cook yearns for speedy recovery of Stuart Broad and Steven Finn

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