Warner axed over "physical altercation"

David Warner has been left out of Australia's cricket team over an alleged "physical altercation" with an England player in Birmingham.

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England legend gives his advice to players

England are just one win away from guaranteeing themselves a place at next year's World Cup. An impressive win came on Friday against Montenegro and they have another home match tonight, this time against Poland. What could possibly go wrong?

The only thing is that history is not necessarily on their side: in 1973 England failed to qualify after being held to a draw by Poland.

Leicester and Stoke legend Peter Shilton was one of the players in the side and told us of the devastation he felt at the time.

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Peter Shilton warns England to avoid complacency

Midlands goalkeeping legend, and the most-capped England player of all time, Peter Shilton, believes England will have no problem winning their final two World Cup qualifiers, providing they are not complacent.

England take on Montenegro tonight, and Poland on Tuesday. They currently top Qualifying Group H, so two wins will guarantee a place at the World Cup in Rio de Janeiro next year.

Former Leicester, Stoke, Nottingham Forest, and Derby goalkeeper Shilton also commented on the status of current England goalkeeper Joe Hart.

The Shrewsbury-born, Manchester City star been under fire recently over poor performances. Shilton has warned Joe Hart that he needs to cut out his mistakes or he will lose his place.

England's Midlands cricketers play for the draw

'It's my birthday so I'm deliriously happy' Graeme Swann draws Jimmy Anderson
'It's my birthday so I'm deliriously happy' Graeme Swann draws Jimmy Anderson Credit: eBay

England's Midlands cricketers have been drawing each other for charity.

The eBay charity auction for all the pictures ends at 1pm on 1st August.

Jimmy Anderson gives his take on Graeme Swann
Jimmy Anderson gives his take on Graeme Swann Credit: eBay
Warwickshire's Ian Bell by Joe Root
Warwickshire's Ian Bell by Joe Root Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire
Six foot seven Steven Finn as drawn by Ian Bell
Six foot seven Steven Finn as drawn by Ian Bell Credit: eBay

England cricketers draw each other for charity

Stuart Broad as drawn by Steven Finn
Stuart Broad as drawn by Steven Finn Credit: Cricket Foundation/PA Wire

England's cricketers have been enjoying the week off between Ashes Tests by drawing each other for charity.

Some of England's Midlands-based stars, as well as being the recipient of caricatures, have been showing off their skills with the pen and paper.

Steven Finn as drawn by Stuart Broad
Steven Finn as drawn by Stuart Broad Credit: Cricket Foundation/PA Wire

The portraits were drawn at the request of three cricket charities - The Lord's Taverners, Chance to Shine and the PCA Benevolent Fund - and will be auctioned to raise money for the Cricket United appeal.

The eBay auction ends at 1pm on 4th August.

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Warner to face disciplinary hearing

Australia's David Warner watches from team dressing room after being dropped during the ICC Champions Trophy match at Edgbaston. Credit: EMPICS Sport/EMPICS Sport

Australia batsman David Warner is due before a disciplinary hearing this morning over allegations of an attack on England cricketer Joe Root.

Warner missed yesterday's Champions Trophy match with New Zealand as reports emerged that he attacked Root in Walkabout Bar in Birmingham in the early hours of Sunday.

England and Australia players had been in the bar after England's 48-run win at Edgbaston on Saturday.

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