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April 2, 2004
Hampshire take 12 players to Hove on Monday for a two day friendly match. Michael Brown signed form Middlesex in the close season, and Billy Taylor from Sussex, make their first appearances for the club.
Aussies Shane Warne and Michael Clarke arriving on the 10th April (in time for the open day), Shane Watson will be arriving in early May.
Dimitri Mascarenhas has just returned from Australia, so sits out this practise encounter.
Hampshire 12: Michael Brown, Derek Kenway, John Crawley, Will Kendall, Lawrence Prittipaul, Nic Pothas, James Hamblin, Shaun Udal, Chris Tremlett, Billy Taylor, Alan Mullally and James Hibberd.
The thrills are rather low-octane, the skills are a bit lightweight, and the tournament overly India-centric
As West Indies play their 500th Test, here's an interactive journey through their Test history
Also, high scores and low averages, most ducks in international cricket, and the 12-year-old Test player
Former New Zealand seamer Gavin Larsen talks about wobbly seam-up bowling, the 1992 World Cup, and his role in the next tournament
Twenty years on, Shivnarine Chanderpaul continues to be understated, underestimated. And that doesn't bother him. What's not to like?
Of the 85 Tests that Bangladesh have played so far, they've lost 70 and won just four. Those stats are easily the worst among all teams when they'd played as many Tests
The planned reorganisation of their domestic structure should help the region recapture some of the glory it enjoyed in the past
Both teams face contrasting opponents in their next Test series. While West Indies will be tested against stronger teams, Bangladesh have it easier but without much to gain