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Edgbaston confirms Day 3 sell out for 3rd Ashes Test

Tickets for Day 3 of next year’s 3rd Investec Ashes Test Match at Edgbaston Stadium have sold out - just nine days after being released on public sale.

The Ashes return to Birmingham on 29 July 2015 Credit: PA

The Ashes return to Birmingham between 29 July and 2 August next summer, with Alastair Cook’s England team looking to avenge the 2013/14 series defeat in Australia by reclaiming one of the most coveted trophies in world sport.

Gareth Roberts, Commercial Director at Edgbaston, said: “The Ashes is the biggest Test series in the world and next year’s match will be the 14th that has been contested at Edgbaston and the first since completing our £32 million redevelopment of the South Stand.

“Whilst Day 3 has already sold out, we’re fast approaching capacity for Day 4 and we would encourage fans to secure their seats now to avoid missing out on one of the biggest sporting events of 2015.”

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Worcestershire sign Alex Gidman from Gloucestershire

Worcestershire have bolstered their squad by signing vastly experienced batsman Alex Gidman from Gloucestershire on a two year contract.

Alex Gidman batting for Gloucester during day one of the LV County Championship Division Two match at New Road, Worcester Credit: PA

Gidman has put pen to paper with the LV= County Championship Division Two leaders until the end of the 2016 season.

The 33-year-old only this week scored a career best 264 for Gloucestershire against Leicestershire at Bristol.

He also impressed Worcestershire Director of Cricket Steve Rhodes when making 145 in Gloucestershire's win at New Road in the Championship last month.

Gidman has scored 23 First Class hundreds and 57 half centuries and amassed 11,000 First Class runs at an average of more than 36.

In addition the High Wycombe-born player has compiled 4,458 List A runs at an average of nearly 28.00.

Rhodes said: "If you look at some of the recent innings he has played, they have been quite outstanding.

"One of them was against us but also to get 260 odd in the current game against Leicestershire is also a fantastic achievement.

"We are getting someone who is in the best form of his career."

England take on India at Edgbaston in fourth ODI

Ian Bell after he was run out in the last match at Trent Bridge Credit: Simon Cooper/PA Wire/Press Association Images

England take on India at Edgbaston in Birmingham today in the fourth One-Day International in their five-match series.

India currently lead the series 2-0, after the first match was abandoned, then winning the second and third matches convincingly.

Warwickshire players Ian Bell and Chris Woakes will be hoping for an improved performance on their home ground.

The last match between the two sides was on Saturday at Nottinghamshire's Trent Bridge, with India winning by 6 wickets.

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Derbyshire's Ben Cotton signs new two-year deal

Derbyshire's Ben Cotton celebrates taking the wicket of Indians' Virat Kohli during day two of the Internationa warm up match in July Credit: PA

Derbyshire seamer Ben Cotton has signed a new two-year deal that will keep him at the club until the end of the 2016 season.

The 20-year-old has progressed through the ranks at Derby and has appeared for the limited-overs sides recently, making two Twenty20 appearances and four in the Royal London One-Day Cup - including the quarter-final defeat to Nottinghamshire on Tuesday.

Cotton said: "If you'd told me at the start of the year that I'd make first team debuts in both one-day competitions - and earn a professional contract - I'd have been delighted with that, so it's been a great year."

Lancashire's Wayne White to make Derbyshire return

Wayne White is to return to Derbyshire Credit: PA

Lancashire all-rounder Wayne White will make his return to Derbyshire on loan for the remainder of the campaign.

The 28-year-old, who began his career with the county in 2005, will be available for Derbyshire's remaining four LV= County Championship Division Two matches.

Elite performance director, Graeme Welch, said:

Wayne is a talented home-grown player who has gone away and proved himself in county cricket since coming through the ranks at Derbyshire.

He now returns a more experienced and more complete cricketer and - as a Derbyshire lad through and through - he'll certainly be giving it his all.

This loan agreement gives Wayne the opportunity to showcase himself by turning in some impressive performances.

Broad wears splint on broken nose for training

Stuart Broad training ahead of the 5th Test against India Credit: PA

Nottinghamshire bowler Stuart Broad has been training with his England colleagues with a splint on his broken nose ahead of the fifth Test against India at the Oval.

The 28-year-old suffered the injury after top-edging a Varun Aaron bouncer during England's victory at Old Trafford last week. He has said he may need to play in a protective face mask.

Broad missed practice yesterday but returned today. He appeared to be bowling at full pace without any discomfort.

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