Swann 'not accusing' England stars

Graeme Swann says he was not referring to anyone in the current squad when he said certain players are "up their own backsides".

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Australian cricketer Marcus North signs for Derbyshire

Marcus North celebrates a century for Australia
Marcus North celebrates a century for Australia Credit: Nick Potts/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The former Australian Test batsman has signed for Derbyshire a day after ending his first-class career.

The 34-year-old will cover for Shivnarine Chanderpaul who will be playing for the West Indies in Tests against New Zealand and Bangladesh.

The left-hander has played 21 Tests, two one-day internationals and one Twenty20 for Australia. He scored five Test centuries including a 117 on his debut against South Africa.

North comes back to Derbyshire after previously playing for them in 2006, making 465 at an average of 93 in a three-match stint.

North is hoping he can help get the team back to Division One.

I've enjoyed arguably one of my best seasons in Australia, so the opportunity to play this specific role for Derbyshire was very exciting and has come at the perfect time in my career.

They obviously have a talented group of players so hopefully I can assist in getting the boys back up to Division One quick smart.

Rapids hit New Road

Worcestershire's new T20 logo Credit: Worcestershire CCC

The flood water may have dropped but the Rapids are about to rise at New Road as 2014 will see Worcestershire County Cricket Club transform into the Worcestershire Rapids for NatWest T20 Blast.

The county will use its new name for the T20 competition, which it hopes refers not only to the annual floods associated with New Road but also at the entertainment fans may enjoy at the games.

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New ground name for Derbyshire CCC: 3aaa County Ground

Derbyshire County Cricket Club have signed a six-figure deal to rename their home venue.

It will now be called the 3aaa County Ground.

Derbyshire County Cricket Club's ground Credit: Simon Cooper/PA Wire

The three-year deal with one of the UK's leading national apprenticeship training providers is the first time Derbyshire have sold the naming rights to their century-old home, which was formerly known as the Racecourse Ground.

Derbyshire chief executive Simon Storey said: "We are absolutely delighted to be entering this innovative partnership with 3aaa."

"For the club to move forward, we have to increase investment in our playing and coaching budget. Sharing our major sponsorship assets with key business partners like 3aaa will help support the continued development of our on-field team."

Warwickshire Captain to undergo back surgery

Jim Troughton, in action batting for Warwickshire Credit: David Davies/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Warwickshire County Cricket Club Captain, Jim Troughton, will be ruled out of a pre-season tour to Barbados after undergoing a back operation next week.

Director of Cricket at Warwickshire, Dougie Brown, said:

"After missing the latter part of the 2013 season with an injury to his lower back, Jim has been taking a full part in the team’s pre-season programme since we returned to training in November. However after suffering further discomfort it is clear that he now needs to undergo an operation...

... Whilst it is frustrating to lose Jim, we must give him the best possible chance of regaining full fitness as soon as possible. His absence will give some of our young batsmen more time in the middle whilst we are in Barbados and help them challenge for a place in the starting eleven."

Midlands players celebrate Women's Ashes win

Jenny Gunn and Danielle Wyatt (Nottinghamshire), Amy Jones (Warwickshire) and Sarah Taylor who plays for Walmley. Credit: Getty Images for the ECB

Four cricket players from the Midlands are celebrating the part they played in helping win The Ashes for England.

Here Jenny Gunn and Danielle Wyatt who play for Nottinghamshire, Amy Jones for Warwickshire and Sarah Taylor who plays for Walmley, are all posing with the Women's Ashes trophy in Sydney Harbour.

Despite winning the series overall, the squad's last T20 match ended in defeat, with Australia 102-3 beating England by seven wickets 101-8 after 20 overs.

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Stuart Broad takes over England captaincy for T20

Nottinghamshire cricketer Stuart Broad takes over the England captaincy today, aiming to recover some pride after what has been a disastrous tour so far.

Nottinghamshire's Stuart Broad takes over the England captaincy today
Nottinghamshire's Stuart Broad takes over the England captaincy today Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA

England face Australia in the first T20 in Hobart today, followed by two more matches in Sydney and Melbourne.

He replaces former captain Alastair Cook, who presided over the Test side during a 5-0 run of defeats.

Report: Stuart Broad talks man down from jumping

England cricket players Stuart Broad and Matt Prior talked a man down from jumping off Darling Harbour in Sydney, according to reports in the Telegraph.

England cricketer Stuart Broad Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

The newspaper said that nottinghamshire player Broad and England team mate Prior were involved in a late night rescue of a man who was preparing to jump off a bridge near the team hotel in Sydney.

Prior helped pull the man away from the edge of the bridge in Darling Harbour, it added.

Swann blasts 'low forms of journalism' over gran quotes

Recently-retired England spinner Graeme Swann has attacked "some low forms of journalism" for "preying" on his 90-year-old grandmother.

Mina Swann's comments to Newcastle's Journal newspaper were widely quoted in the English and Australian media.

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I've heard of some low forms of journalism before but preying on my 90 yr old gran? Hang your head in shame the low life responsible

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I've heard of some low forms of journalism before but preying on my 90 yr old gran? Hang your head in shame the low life responsible

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Pietersen distances himself from Swann's comments

England batsman Kevin Pietersen talks to the media on Tuesday.
England batsman Kevin Pietersen talks to the media on Tuesday. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

England batsman Kevin Pietersen refused to be drawn into the Graeme Swann story on Tuesday and distanced himself from speculation suggesting the retired bowler's team-mate remarks were referring to him.

"I'm not giving any energy to what happened yesterday," he said at a press conference ahead of the fourth Ashes Test in Melbourne.

"The only energy that I've got on this tour left in me is for Melbourne on the 26th, training today, training tomorrow and Sydney.

"My interest levels in yesterday are less than zero."

Read: Swann's gran blames retirement on 'nasty' Aussie

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