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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."

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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.

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 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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Pietersen distances himself from Swann's comments

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."

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Swann to Vaughan: 'Don't jump to conclusions'

Graeme Swann has told his former England captain not to "jump to conclusions" after Michael Vaughan claimed Swann's post-retirement comments were a mistake.

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Michael Vaughan replies to Graeme Swann's swipe

Former England captain Michael Vaughan said he agrees with former team mate Graeme Swann that "some players are getting ahead of themselves", but inferred the timing of his comments was a mistake.

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