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Steve Finn and Stuart Broad celebrate Kevin Pietersen's wicket during a lively practice session in Dubai

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Shake on it: Andrew Strauss (right) congratulates Younis Khan on his century

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At last, a batsman batted like batsmen jolly well should. The upshot was perfectly splendid, if not for England, who are still, as the ringside announcers like to say, champions of the world, though for how much longer given recent displays is debatable.

Telefónica win third stage in Volvo Ocean Race

Spains Telefónica became the first team since Steinlager 2 in 1989-90 to win the first three legs of the Volvo Ocean Race when they held off the challenge of Groupama sailing team to arrive first into the Chinese port of Sanya on Saturday.

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ECB hails 'astounding' new TV deal

English cricket was in jubilant mood yesterday after securing an increase in its broadcasting rights agreements. Not even the loss of the Test series to Pakistan could take the shine off the announcement that Sky will again show all Test and limited-overs matches live for four years from 2014 and that Channel Five will once more screen early evening highlights.

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Sanya rejoins Volvo fleet as race heads for Malacca Strait

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