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  • Where would England be without James Anderson?

    It has long been said that England have an over-reliance upon James Anderson, but at what point does it become a major concern?

    Steven Finn filled his boots in cleaning up the New Zealand tail with four late wickets on day three at Lord's, but it continues to be Anderson or no one when it comes to the big early wickets.

    Stuart Broad struggled through 21 overs for the solitary - albeit hugely valuable - scalp of Brendon McCullum, and he went at three runs per over, while Finn's economy rate was a less than auspicious 4.20.

    Anderson's, as is usually the case, was under two runs per over, and

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  • James Anderson’s 300 Test wickets: In statistics

    James Anderson became England's fourth bowler to take 300 Test wickets when he had Peter Fulton caught behind this afternoon - and the first in almost 30 years.

    The Lancastrian, still only 30, then bagged his 301st victim later in the day, and now needs just another 83 scalps to become England's leading Test wicket-taker, eclipsing Sir Ian Botham.

    Fred Trueman lies next on the list, and Anderson could yet move past his total of 307 Test wickets in next week's Headingley Test - Trueman's home ground.

    It was no coincidence that Anderson was England's stand-out bowler on day two against New

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  • Gloucestershire duo break 106-year record

    Dan Housego and Hamish Marshall batted their way into the record books as Gloucestershire reached 300 for three in their opening LV= County Championship Division Two match against Essex at Chelmsford.

    Both scored centuries during which they broke the previous highest fourth-wicket partnership record for Gloucestershire in matches against Essex which had stood for 106 years.

    They have so far put on 229 runs, beating the 153 stand featuring Gilbert Jessop and Tom Langdon at Leyton in 1907.

    Housego will resume on day two on 124, a career-best score, while Marshall will seek to add to his 120.

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  • Could this girl be the saviour of Australian cricket?

    The dramatic decline of the Australian men's cricket team has been well documented, particularly over the course of the recent ill-fated tour of India, but the women's team are very much on a high.

    Australia's women beat England to win the World Twenty20 final in October, before adding the World Cup in India last month.

    While the men's team are desperate for the next young superstar to come through the ranks as their side's slump continues on the international stage, the women may benefit from the rise of a hugely exciting talent. OK, she's only three years old, but if you're good enough

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  • The story of England’s schizophrenic winter in numbers

    No-one wins on the sub-continent.

    No-one fails to win in New Zealand.

    Except England.

    It has been a topsy turvy winter with popular logic reversed. Captain Alastair Cook said a first Test series win in India in 27 years was on a par with the Ashes triumph of 2010-11.

    But England's failure to win in New Zealand is almost as disappointing and certainly the worst tour since they contrived to lose a series to a West Indies side in 1999 with Devon Smith and Lendl Simmons opening the batting (mainly due to a crazy day in Jamaica when they were bowled out for 51 and lost the first Test).

    Thanks to

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  • Who should be more concerned: England or Australia?

    The two captains: Alastair Cook and Michael Clarke

    After Australia suffered a crushing 4-0 series whitewash defeat in India following the farcical scenes of 'homework-gate', and given England have produced desperately poor performances against the lowly New Zealand, it's time to analyse which team should be more concerned ahead of back-to-back Ashes series later in the year.

    Feel free to add your own analysis and opinions at the bottom of the page...

    * Five reasons why England are in trouble *

    1. Injuries to key players

    Very few sides in the history of the game could cope with injuries to a group of key players, and England don't have a huge

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  • England’s ineptitude against swing very alarming

    It is rare that an entire team demonstrates the same, specific failings time and again, as if robots with fundamental programming flaws.

    England showed a quite staggering ineptitude against pretty average swing bowling again in Auckland as the tourists floundered where their low-ranked opponents had thrived only a day earlier.

    Bear this in mind: the last time New Zealand won a Test series against anyone other than Bangladesh or Zimbabwe was at home to West Indies in 2006. Oh, and the Kiwis are ranked second bottom of the current ICC world rankings.

    Team director Andy Flower and captain

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  • England could regret not resting Anderson

    An audible sigh went up around Eden Park as James Anderson sat slumped over on the ground at the top of his run-up on the morning of day two of the third Test, signalling for treatment.

    The bowler signalled for the England physio to come out, and the result was a heavily strapped up left ankle with an anxious Alastair Cook having to come over to see if his strike bowler was okay to continue.

    Anderson proceeded to produce an impeccable and menacing spell of fast bowling, picking up the wicket of the well set Kane Williamson for 91 with a jaffa of an outswinger.

    The Lancastrian has led

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  • Rugby grounds are no place for Test cricket

    Much of the talk on day one of the third Test between New Zealand and England in Auckland was about drop-in pitches and whether or not they are conducive for producing a result in a series that has been notable only for lacking one.

    Drop-in decks are rightly regarded with a great deal of suspicion and cynicism - after all, it is a halfway house, somewhere between an artificial surface and a natural strip of nurtured grass. Is it even right or acceptable to use such wickets for Test cricket, many asked.

    "The seamers can fill their boots on the opening day before it becomes a road" was one

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