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Tony Abbott meets England's cricketers but both team leaders face some trouble with pitches

Tom Decent After 41 days of hostilities, sledging on and off the pitch and a war of attrition, the Australian and English cricket teams look to have settled their differences - for the time being.

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States put on notice over pitches

Cricket Tasmania is confident there will be no repeat of last year's early season minefield at Blundstone Arena when England and Australia A play an important tour game next week.

Chloe Saltau Extreme measures such as forfeiting the toss to visiting team debated by Cricket Australia.

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Cricket Australia praises the improvement in pitches

In form: Phil Hughes hits a ton against Victoria, his second in five shield games this season.

Chris Barrett One of Australia's chief problems in its fall from grace appears to be on the mend.

Spin-friendly pitches needed: Berry

NATHAN LYON'S paltry four-over Test preparation has caused respected coach Darren Berry to call for a review of Australia's pace-friendly pitches.

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Jones blasts poor pitches

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Adam Cooper Dean Jones says young batsmen are getting no favours from curators around Australia and that state sides should be docked Sheffield Shield points if they produce substandard pitches.

Cricket bosses eye pitches

The Gabba pitch for the first Test between Australia and South Africa has favoured the batsmen.

Chloe Saltau State of pitches around the nation will be a hot topic at a summit of cricket bosses this week.

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CA crackdown on 'inferior' pitches

The Gabba is averaging 32.54 runs per wicket for fast bowlers in the 2012-13 season.

Jesse Hogan State teams to be docked points if visiting teams forced to play on substandard pitches.

We'll cook the pitches: Skipper

Alastair Cook has refused to rule out England preparing a string of turning wickets as his side looks to beat Australia in the Ashes series this year.

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Anderson admits frustration as lifeless pitch suits India

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Nick Hoult James Anderson summed up his frustrations over a lifeless Trent Bridge pitch by describing England as "amazing hosts" for producing a surface for the first Investec Test which neutered his...

Joe Root rescues England after jittery collapse

On the front foot: Joe Root scored well on a pitch that does not suit his game.

Derek Pringle As the majority of England's batting gave ample evidence of having less life than the Trent Bridge pitch, thank goodness for the vital efforts of Joe Root, Gary Ballance and Stuart Broad for saving...

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If Alastair Cook fails at Lord's he ought to step down

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Geoff Boycott Captain will come good again but if he does not score runs in next Test he should go back to Essex, writes Geoffrey Boycott.

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Alastair Cook must go as England captain

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Michael Vaughan There is only one man who knows exactly how Alastair Cook is feeling about the captaincy. It is not Giles Clarke, Paul Downton, Peter Moores or Andy Flower. It is Cook himself.

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Kevin Pietersen fears England in for Swann dive

Tough times ahead: Kevin Pietersen believes England could be on the decline.

Julian Guyer Exiled batsman Kevin Pietersen thinks England could be in for a particularly tough five-Test home series against India without Graeme Swann.

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Moeen Ali's brilliant century ends only in tears

England's Moeen Ali celebrates reaching his century on the fifth day of the second Test.

Derek Pringle England got no more than it deserved after losing the final Test to Sri Lanka at Headingley on Tuesday with one ball remaining, but Moeen Ali was short-changed, his maiden Test hundred meriting far...

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Day-night Tests one step closer

The suitability of the pink ball remains the only obstacle before night Test cricket can be introduced.

David Barbeler They have a concept, they have a venue, now they just need to find the ball.

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Ben Stokes recalled to England squad for India Test

Ben Stokes has been recalled to the England squad

All-rounder Ben Stokes has been recalled to the England squad for the first Test against India, starting at Trent Bridge next Wednesday.

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Andy Flower launches impassioned defence of Alastair Cook

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Former England coach Andy Flower has launched an impassioned defence of Alastair Cook, describing the under-fire captain as a cricketer who has achieved extraordinary things for his country and still...

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England out to stem losing tide against India

London England aims to avoid a third consecutive series defeat and ease the pressure on captain Alastair Cook when it hosts India in a five-Test series for the first time since 1959, starting in Nottingham...

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Nathan Lyon says he is working on 'Australian' carrom with Murali

Murali talks shop with Australian spinner Nathan Lyon.

Australia spinner Nathan Lyon is coy about the new delivery he has been refining with Muttiah Muralitharan and hopes to unleash on Pakistan in October's Test series, describing it only as an...

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Bonus points for Sheffield Shield to encourage aggressive cricket

Cricket Australia's team performance chief Pat Howard.

Chloe Saltau The aggressive style of cricket that won Australia the Ashes will be encouraged at domestic level under a new points system for the Sheffield Shield.