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Finn in line to replace Wood for Third Test

Steven Finn could get a Test recall. Credit: PA

England seamer Steven Finn could be set for a Test recall, with Mark Wood a doubt for Wednesday's third Ashes clash at Edgbaston.

Durham seamer Wood has played both matches against Australia but was hampered by an ankle complaint in the crushing defeat at Lord's and his hit-and-miss fitness record over the course of his career could count against him.

Finn is the spare paceman in the squad and will feature if Wood is rested.

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Broad sorry over missing event with 'migraine'

Stuart Broad reportedly went out drinking. Credit: PA

Stuart Broad says he missed a sponsors event on Thursday morning due a migraine.

It was reported that the England bowler has not returned to his hotel room until 7am on Thursday morning following a drinking session with Matt Prior, but the Nottinghamshire seamer has played down the claims.

I don't want to go into massive detail about it but I think it was probably not as bad as it was portrayed. And I woke up with a migraine.

I wasn't on England duty for the ECB but I did apologise for putting them in that position because after the week they've had with (Andrew) Strauss and Pietersen, it was probably not what they needed.

I feel like now is the time as a team that we need to go 'cricket, cricket, cricket' because when we do that, that is generally when we get some good results.

– Stuart Broad

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Review commissioned into Phillip Hughes death

Cricket Australia has commissioned an independent review into the death of former Australia batsman Phillip Hughes, who died after being struck by a cricket ball.

Hughes died after being struck in the head by a cricket ball Credit: PA

The former Worcestershire batsman died in November two days after being hit on the neck by a delivery during a match at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

CA chief executive James Sutherland said in a statement:

When this tragedy happened, I said that it was a freak accident, but it was one freak accident too many.

Never again do we want to see something like that happen on a cricket field.

We have a deep responsibility and obligation to look into the events of that awful day to understand everything that occurred and then see what could be done to prevent a similar accident happening in the future.

This is not an exercise designed to apportion blame on any individual for what took place.

It is about making sure that as a sport we are doing everything in our power to prevent an accident of this nature happening again.

– Statement from James Sutherland, chief executive, cricket australia

Pakistan batsman Akmal joins Foxes for T20 blast

Leicestershire have signed Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal as cover for part of this summer's NatWest T20 Blast.

Pakistans Umar Akmal plays a shot during the one day international (ODI) match between Afghanistan and Pakistan in February 2014 Credit: PA

Akmal has come in to cover for overseas signing Grant Elliott during New Zealand's one-day international series against England and will play four games in June - including a possible meeting with his international team-mate Shahid Afridi when Northamptonshire visit Grace Road on June 12.

Akmal was part of Pakistan's World Cup squad and has a prolific record in Twenty20 cricket, with a top score of 94 and a strike rate of 128.65.

The 24-year-old said: "This will be my first time playing T20 for a county and I am very excited to be handed this opportunity. The club have put their trust in me so I will give my 100 per cent efforts to repay their faith."

Leicester head coach Andrew McDonald said: "It is brilliant that we are signing a player of Umar's quality for when Grant is on international duty with New Zealand. We are all looking forward to him showcasing his skills over the course of the four games."

Moeen Ali to be cover star of Wisden Almanack

Moeen Ali Credit: DAVE HUNT/AAP/Press Association Images

Worcestershire County Cricket Club's Moeen Ali is to be the cover star of this year's Wisden Almanack.

The 27-year-old played his first game of international cricket last February, but this shows an indication of the stirring impact Moeen made on English cricket in the past 12 months.

The book is published annually in the UK.

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