Young England fast bowler prepares for third county season
Essex batting star hits third century in three matches as England captain
England beaten in Sri Lanka as Australia win World Cup
Essex batsman Ravi Bopara has been named in the England squad for the first test against South Africa, starting at The Oval on Thursday.
Bopara earned his place with an excellent one-day series against Australia.
He joins Essex colleague and former Bedford school student Alistair Cook in the 13-man squad.
Strauss (Middlesex, captain), Anderson (Lancashire), Bell (Warwickshire), Bopara (Essex), Bresnan (Yorkshire), Broad (Nottinghamshire), Cook (Essex), Finn (Middlesex), Onions (Durham), Pietersen (Surrey), Prior (Sussex, wicketkeeper), Swann (Nottinghamshire), Trott (Warwickshire)
313 for 9 (50 overs)
Michael Clarke 76
Reece Topley 4-46
134 all out (32.4 overs)
James Foster 41
Pat Cummins 3-26
AUSTRALIA won by 179 runs
After being tenants for more than a century Northamptonshire's county cricket ground in Wantage Road is now owned by the club.
Northants had operated under a long term lease with the Cockerill Masonic Trustees. The opportunity to buy the freehold followed a generous legacy left by the club's former president Lynn Wilson. They now want to create what they call the best non-test playing ground in the country.