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Ian Bell dropped from South Africa Test series

England's Ian Bell celebrates his teams series victory during day four of the Fifth Investec Ashes Test at The Kia Ova Credit: PA

Warwickshire’s Ian Bell has been dropped from the England Test squad for their tour in South Africa.

Explaining the decision England selector James Whitaker said:

Ian Bell’s been a huge contributor to English cricket for many years so it’s a hugely difficult decision, but we just felt over the last 7 or 8 months his form had dipped and that it’s time for him to take a break, and I know now he will go away and reassess with a determination to get back in the team.

– James Whitaker

Leicestershire release Redfern and Agathangelou

Dan Redfern (left) and Andrea Agathangelou (right) have been released by Leicestershire Credit: PA

Leicestershire have released batsmen Dan Redfern and Andrea Agathangelou.

Redfern had been with the Foxes for two seasons having signed from Derbyshire, while Agathangelou arrived from Lancashire at the start of the 2015 campaign.

Leicestershire and Rutland cricket chief executive Wasim Khan said: "We'd like to thank Dan and Andrea for their contributions to Leicestershire County Cricket Club and we wish them all the very best for the future."


Northamptonshire shock Bears to reach T20 final

The teams shake hands at the end of the match Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Northamptonshire Steelbacks produced a stunning bowling performance to shock the Birmingham Bears in the first semi-final of the T20 Blast competition at Edgbaston.

Four early wickets for Northamptonshire slowed Birmingham's hopes for a big early score, with David Willey getting the top three.

Fifty-one from Ateeq Javid helped Birmingham post a respectable score though, with Laurie Evans scoring a quick-fire 18 to total 131 from their 20 overs.

Rory Kleinveldt celebrates the wicket of Tim Ambrose Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Northamptonshire started strongly though, and apart from a slight wobble when a few wickets fell in the middle overs, cruised to the total.

Opener Richard Levi top scored for the Steelbacks, scoring an unveaten 63, with Shahid Afridi hitting the winning runs with two overs to spare.

Northamptonshire will take on either Hampshire or Lancashire in this evening's final.


Friendly rivalry between Aussie & English cricket fans

Celebrating today's Ashes win were the Harris family from Ruddington in Nottingham.

Dad, Wayne, said although he brought a fan with him from 'down-under' -they were still firm friends after England's emphatic 3-1 series win.

It took just 39 minutes for Alistair Cook's side to see off the final three wickets in the fourth test at Trent Bridge.

The final test will be at the Oval later this month - but as the Ashes are England's once again - the only thing left to play for is pride.

Stuart Broad: 'It's been a fascinating series because you just don't know what's going to to happen'

Stuart Broad has spoken to press ahead of the 4th test on Thursday.

Stuart Broad Credit: ITV News Central

"It's been a fascinating series because you just don't know what's going to to happen... It is a great ground we get fantastic support here but I think I'm a bit bias! The guys who played the ODI here at the start of the year say the support was fantastic and I think we'll get that again."

– Stuart Broad speaking ahead of the 4th Ashes Test at Trent Bridge.
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