A day-night fixture has been announced for Essex and Northamptonshire cricket clubs in the 2017 County Championship.Read the full story ›
An opening partnership of 100 runs between Essex's Alastair Cook and Northamptonshire's Ben Duckett couldn't prevent England from suffering a shock defeat to Bangladesh in the second test.
Duckett (56) and Cook (59) had put the tourists in control at tea in Dhaka but a spectacular collapse in the final session sealed a devastating 108-run defeat.
England lost 10 wickets for just 64 runs to be bowled out for just 164, with 19-year-old spinner Mehedi Hasan taking 6-77.
The loss means England are only the third nation to lose a test to Bangladesh, with the Tigers having previously only beaten Zimbabwe and West Indies.
Former Cambridge University student Zafar Ansari will make his England debut against Bangladesh tomorrow, captain Alastair Cook has confirmed.
The 24-year-old has a double first degree in Politics and Sociology - making him one of the cleverest players to ever represent his country.
The spinner is likely to replace his Surrey teammate Gareth Batty who played in the first test.
Ansari will be the first Cambridge alumni to play for England since Ed Smith did it in 2003.
England will be hoping to wrap up a 2-0 series win with victory in Dhaka.
Northamptonshire batsman Ben Duckett has won both the PCA's Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards.Read the full story ›
England captain Alastair Cook has signed a new contract with Essex.
The 31-year-old made his debut for the county back in 2003 after coming through the academy.
Cook scored 643 runs in just seven games last season as Essex stormed to the County Championship Division Two title.
Cook's new deal will run until the end of the 2018 season.
It was an easy decision to sign with the club for another year. Although I am away with England a lot, this club means a lot to me and I am grateful for the opportunity they gave me as a youngster.
I love coming back to the club when I can and contributing to a title winning season meant a great deal.
Meanwhile, Northamptonshire batsman Ben Duckett has been named the Cricket Writers' Club Young Player of the Year.
The 21-year-old enjoyed an incredible season at Northants, making 1,338 runs in the County Championship.
He could make his England debut this winter after being called up for the upcoming tour of Bangladesh.
Cambridgeshire's Charlotte Edwards has made history too - she won the inaugral women's prize.
Highly-rated Northamptonshire Steelbacks batsman Ben Duckett has signed a new contract with the county until the end of 2018.
The 21-year-old has been called up for England's upcoming tour of Bangladesh following a brilliant domestic season where he scored 1,338 runs in Division Two, including two double centuries.
That had led to speculation that other clubs would look to poach him away but Duckett has decided to commit his future to Northants.
The opportunities that I have had at Northamptonshire have enabled me to gain invaluable game time resulting in an amazing year for me.
I intend to make the most of playing for my country which is a dream come true, but I’m looking forward to coming back to Wantage Road and building on Northamptonshire’s success.
Duckett has also been nominated for the Professional Cricketers' Association Player of the Year award.
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Northants opener Ben Duckett has been called into the England squad for the winter tour of Bangladesh.Read the full story ›