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Young Lancashire trio sign new deals

Lancashire batsman Liam Livingstone is one of three promising players to be handed new unspecified deals by the club.

The 22-year-old, who made his debut for the Red Rose earlier in the summer, suffered facial injuries after allegedly being glassed in a bar brawl in Kent last Saturday night.

Liam Livingstone has impressed in the short form of the game. Credit: PA

Livingstone had earlier in the day featured in Lancashire's win over the county in the NatWest T20 Blast but has not played since.

In total, he has made 14 appearances in the shortest format while he made a positive impact in his only Royal London One-Day Cup appearance to date with a counter-attacking 91 in another victory over Kent.

Along with all-rounders Arron Lilley and Jordan Clark, both 24, he has committed himself to the county for the foreseeable future.


Australia secure dead rubber Test win over England

England descended to defeat by an innings and 46 runs in the fifth Ashes Test to narrow the margin of their 2015 Ashes series success to 3-2.

England beat Australia when it mattered. Credit: PA

The hosts lost their last four wickets for 83 runs either side of a two-hour rain break on day four at The Oval, and were bowled out for 286.

They knew of course, irrespective of their performance in this epilogue Test, that they would be holding the urn up to a packed crowd at the conclusion.

But there was a hollower ring to celebrations for Alastair Cook's team, after Moeen Ali was last out to Peter Siddle to confirm them significantly second-best here.

Australia rack up 481 runs in first innings

Ben Stokes took three wickets. Credit: PA

England will need to be at their best with the bat after Australia made 481 in the opening innings.

The heroes for the tourists were Steve Smith (143) and David Warner (85), who lay the foundations for the score.

Ben Stokes, Steven Finn and Moeen Ali took three wickets each for the hosts at the Kia Oval.


England batsman Billings dislocates finger

England one-day international batsman Sam Billings has dislocated his finger while keeping wicket for Kent.

Billings, part of the England team which defeated New Zealand in a thrilling Royal London Cup series this summer, hurt himself in an LV= County Championship match away to Derbyshire.

Sam Billings was set to be named in the England one-day squad. Credit: PA

He may therefore be a doubt for the forthcoming ODI series against Australia.

Kent, waiting to hear the full extent of the 24-year-old's injury, tweeted on their official feed: "Sam Billings has dislocated a finger and has gone to hospital for a precautionary X-Ray."

Former England seamer Tremlett retires

Chris Tremlett won't be playing again. Credit: PA

Ashes winner Chris Tremlett has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.

Fast bowler Tremlett was a cornerstone of England's famous 2010/11 series success in Australia, where he took 17 wickets in three Tests.

The 33-year-old, who took 459 wickets in a 15-year first-class career, made his announcement on Surrey's official website on Friday.

Australia make steady progress at Oval

Ben Stokes picked up a wicket. Credit: PA

Australia reached 242-3 on the opening day of the Fifth Test, thanks to 85 from David Warner.

The opener was eventually dismissed by Moeen Ali, who had him caught by Adam Lyth.

Skipper Michael Clarke, playing in his final Test, made 15 before Ben Stokes had him caught behind.

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