ENG selector James Whitaker explains why Ian Bell isn't touring SA and says the 5-time Ashes winner has a future. https://t.co/tOHFVD090x
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.
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 Steelbacks were edged out by Lancashire Lightning in the final of the T20 Blast at Edgbaston.Read the full story ›
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.
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.
Ian Bell, Moeen Ali and Stuart Broad all made valuable contributions to England's Ashes win, despite a disappointing final Test.Read the full story ›
It took just 39 minutes for England to see of Australia to regain the Ashes at Trent Bridge this morning.
But did the fans who got tickets for Day 3 feel short changed - or was it worth every penny to see that tiny urn back in English hands?
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.
After the misery of 18 months ago when England lost all 5 Ashes tests down under - Alistair Cook's team celebrated today in style.Read the full story ›
Stuart Broad has spoken to press ahead of the 4th test on Thursday.
"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."
England have taken a 2-1 lead in the Ashes after winning the Third Test at Edgbaston by eight wickets.
Ian Bell and Joe Root saw England home to ensure victory was completed within three days.