Recently married Henry Blofeld says that England could be on the end of an Ashes series whitewash if they are beaten in the second Test.
The wait is almost over for the start of the Ashes series in Australia. Here's our preview of the pivotal First Test in Brisbane.
Essex fast bowler Reece in line for PCA's Young Player of the Year
Essex Eagles have announced the signing of Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir until the end of the current season.
The 31-year-old will appear in the Eagles' remaining LV=County Championship and YB40 fixtures.
Gambhir, who has made over 50 test appearances for his country, replaces New Zealander Hamish Rutherford as the county's overseas player.
Rutherford is due to play for Essex for the final time in Saturday's Friends Life T20 final.
Essex head coach, Paul Grayson, told the club's official website that Gambhir's experience could prove to be invaluable for the closing weeks of the season.
“We are delighted with the signing of Gautam Gambhir who is a player with pedigree, which has been showcased on the biggest stages in cricket.
"He will no doubt bring his experience to the squad during an important stage of the season for us in the LV= County Championship and Yorkshire Bank 40 competition.”
Building houses on sports fields is always is a contentious issue. But when that venue has seen some of cricket's greatest names play there - the likes of WG Grace, Hutton, Atherton and Sobers - it raises the stakes that little bit higher.
The cricket ground at Lakenham in Norwich has enjoyed better days, but the thought that it might disappear all together has sparked a protest.
Northamptonshire Steelbacks all-rounder Cameron White looks ahead to the Friends Provident T20 Finals Day at Edgbaston. Steelbacks supporters regard the Australian as one of their key players ahead of the semi-final with Essex Eagles on Saturday (August 17).
For almost two centuries, Norfolk played their cricket matches at the Lakenham ground in Norwich,
In this archive, of Norfolk playing Lincolnshire in 1966, we see Bill Edrich - who'd played for Middlesex and England - tossing up before leading the Norfolk side out.
Among those in the team are wicket-keeper Doug Mattocks, future captain David Pilch, and Robin Huggins. In 2000, Norfolk moved to a new ground at Horsford, just outside Norwich.
Cambridgeshire's Charlotte Edwards will once again lead the England women's cricket team when they take on Australia this summer.
Edwards has been named captain for all three formats of the Women's Ashes contests - 20 overs, 50 overs and one five-day Test Match, which starts on Sunday in Berkshire.
At the time when she made her England debut in 1995, Edwards was the youngest player ever to play for England. She is also the all-time leading scorer in women's one-day internationals.
Northamptonshire cricketer David Sales has said he may leave Wantage Road this summer after 19 years at the club.
The 35-year-old batsman, who is out of contract this winter, hit 255 not out against Gloucestershire at the weekend.
"What will be, will be. I've had 19 good years and it may be time for the next chapter in my career," he told BBC Radio Northampton.
Sales' colleagues will be in action tonight, as Northamptonshire take on Durham in the quarter finals of the T20 cup.
An impressive partnership by Cameron White and captain Alex Wakely helped Northamptonshire end Glamorgan's 100 per cent record in the Friends Life t20 with a dramatic seven-wicket win.
Glamorgan posted 153 for seven from their 20 overs with Zimbabwean veteran Murray Goodwin top-scoring with 47 off 31 balls as Mohammad Azharullah took personal-best Twenty20 figures of four for 14. The Steelbacks then reached their target with the final ball of the match
Essex returned to the winning ways in the Friends Life t20 with a six-wicket win over Sussex in front of a near-capacity crowd in Chelmsford.
Even though they were hit with a 12-run penalty - added to their opponents' total - because of their failure to bowl their overs in the permitted time, Essex still had enough in reserve as they chased down Sussex's 171 for 9 with four deliveries to spare.