Former England Batsman Nick Compton Retires From Cricket
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Former England Batsman Nick Compton Retires From Cricket

South Africa-born Nick Compton played 16 Tests for England, scoring two hundreds.

Englands Joe Root Happy To Bat At No.3 Against Pakistan
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England's Joe Root Happy To Bat At No.3 Against Pakistan

Joe Root has been promoted one place up the order following former number three Nick Compton's decision

Jonny Bairstows Keeping Boosted by Goalkeeping Session at Newcastle United
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'Jonny Bairstow's Keeping Boosted by Goalkeeping Session at Newcastle United'

Jonny Bairstow won the Man of the Match for his 140 in the Leeds Test against Sri Lanka. However, he also snapped up nine catches and his improved keeping has been credited to a goalkeeping session for Newcastle United.

Ashes 2013: Michael Clarke stunned by Nick Compton axe
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Ashes 2013: Michael Clarke stunned by Nick Compton axe

Nick Compton, grandson of England great Denis, opened in nine consecutive Tests and struck back-to-back hundreds on England's tour of New Zealand earlier this year.

Ashes warm-up: Ton-up Michael Clarke puts Aussies on top vs Worcestershire
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Ashes warm-up: Ton-up Michael Clarke puts Aussies on top vs Worcestershire

Clarke, who had been suffering from a recurrence of his longstanding back injury during the early stages of the tour, got in touch for next week's first Test against England at Trent Bridge by making 124 off just 98 balls.

Andy Flower glad to have superstar Kevin Pietersen back
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Andy Flower glad to have 'superstar' Kevin Pietersen back

The 33-year-old Pietersen was included on Sunday in the England side playing Essex in a four-day Ashes warm-up match at Chelmsford.

Ashes 2013: Andrew Strauss backs England to punish troubled Aussies
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Ashes 2013: Andrew Strauss backs England to punish troubled Aussies

Strauss, who masterminded back to back Ashes triumphs in 2009 and 2011 before retiring last year, has been stunned by the turmoil gripping the Australia squad ahead of the forthcoming series between the old rivals in England.

Shane Watson will open in Ashes, confirms new Aussie coach Darren Lehmann
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Shane Watson will open in Ashes, confirms new Aussie coach Darren Lehmann

With the bowlers doing their job, all focus now shifts back to the batsmen, especially Watson. He has not opened a Test match innings for Australia since the second Test against South Africa in Johannesburg, 2011. Watson's Test average between 2009-11 was nearly 50 while between 2011-13 it has gone down to around 25.

Joe Root to open for England in Ashes warm-up, Nick Compton left out
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Joe Root to open for England in Ashes warm-up, Nick Compton left out

Compton, who has opened for England alongside captain Alastair Cook in their last nine Tests, could manage just 39 runs in four innings in a 2-0 home series win over New Zealand last month.

Alastair Cook wary of promoting Joe Root as opener
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Alastair Cook wary of promoting Joe Root as opener

Root, who opens for Yorkshire, was named as England's man-of-the-series by New Zealand coach Mike Hesson on Tuesday after his 104 followed a composed 71 in the hosts' 170-run first Test win at Lord's that set up this 2-0 series victory.

2nd Test: Joe Roots maiden ton takes England to 337/7 on Day 2
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2nd Test: Joe Root's maiden ton takes England to 337/7 on Day 2

It was another composed display by Root following his 71 in England's 170-run first win in the first of this two-Test series at Lord's last week and means he has now scored 861 first-class runs in seven innings this season.

1st Test: Tim Southee treble rocks England on Day 3
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1st Test: Tim Southee treble rocks England on Day 3

Jonathan Trott (56) and Joe Root (71) shared a third-wicket stand of 123 before the latter's exit sparked England's slump. Southee had close figures of three for 34 in 14 overs.

1st Test: Trent Boult helps New Zealand stifle England on Day 1
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1st Test: Trent Boult helps New Zealand stifle England on Day 1

When rain forced an early close, the inexperienced Yorkshire duo of Joe Root (25 not out) and Jonathan Bairstow (three not out) were at the crease.

Dont play for accolades, but to win: Jacques Kallis
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Don't play for accolades, but to win: Jacques Kallis

Kallis says he is still hungry for runs and believes he still has a lot to achieve in the game.

3rd Test, Day 4: New Zealand dictate terms to England
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3rd Test, Day 4: New Zealand dictate terms to England

England went to stumps on Monday at 90-4 with Ian Bell 8 not out after New Zealand declared their second innings at 241-6 and gave England the almost impossible task of scoring a world record 481 to win the match.

Trott, Vijay, Compton, Dhawan on the charge in the latest Test Rankings
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Trott, Vijay, Compton, Dhawan on the charge in the latest Test Rankings

Centurions of the Wellington and Mohali Tests have made impressive gains in the latest Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen released on Tuesday, a media release stated.

New Zealand vs England, 2nd Test Day 1: Stats pack
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New Zealand vs England, 2nd Test Day 1: Stats pack

Nick Compton and Jonathan Trott scored hundreds on Day 1 of the Wellington Test to take England to a commanding position against New Zealand. Here are the statistical highlights from the day's play.

2nd Test, Day 1: Compton, Trott slam tons against New Zealand
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2nd Test, Day 1: Compton, Trott slam tons against New Zealand

In partnership, Compton and Trott first resisted the threat of the new ball, then nullified any advantage New Zealand might have gained on winning the toss.

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