Umpire Rob Bailey gives the final signal to leave the field for good

County news

Umpires consider protective head visors

England's first-class umpires, concerned for their own safety in an era of ever-powerful hitting, are examining forms of protection including to the head, the heart and the back of the neck

Cover of <i>Wisden on Grace</i>

Wisden on Grace

Champion or cheat?

Either way, WG Grace generated more than his share of column centimetres, in his lifetime and beyond

Peter Willey officiates

England news

Willey, Sharp fail in fight against retirement

Peter Willey and George Sharp, the highly respected umpires, have been forced to retire not through failing eyesight or sciatica but as the result of a finding by a judge at a central London employment hearing

Peter Willey and George Sharp attend their employment tribunal

County news

Willey, Sharp make last stand against ECB

The outcome of the age discrimination and unfair dismissal case brought by Peter Willey and George Sharp against the ECB is a hard one for even experienced lawyers to call

Sam Billings play an astonishing innings

England news

The inevitable rise of Billings

In terms of the amount of sports Sam Billings excels at there are shades of AB de Villiers in the Kent wicketkeeper who is quickly becoming one of hottest prospects in the English game

Jonathan Trott enjoyed his team's first-innings batting efforts

England Lions in South Africa 2014-15

Trott's success tops Lions report

Two four-days game in tough conditions tested England Lions. The play-off for an opening berth remained unsettled while Mark Wood emerged from the fast bowling attack

James Vince notched up Hampshire's first ton of the season

South Africa A v England Lions, Bloemfontein, 4th day

Vince hundred states England claims

James Vince, whose talent and in particular the excellence of his cover driving is not in question, is that much closer to playing for England

Adil Rashid gets on the front foot to drive

South Africa A v England Lions, Bloemfontein, 1st day

Rashid, Lyth keep Lions in the hunt

South Africa A took the honours on the opening day in Bloemfontein after making the most of early movement, but Adam Lyth and Adil Rashid did help England Lions fight back

ECB batting coach Graham Thorpe before an England Lions tour match

England Lions in South Africa 2014-15

Thorpe wisdom benefits Lions

Graham Thorpe feels the international scheduling is such that he is looking at whether the England Lions are good enough not for a ten-year career at the highest level, but an eight-year one

Jonathan Trott eased into the tour with a half-century

South Africa A v England Lions, Paarl, 4th day

Trott double-ton confirms appetite

Lions captain Jonathan Trott batted for 647 minutes, finishing with the fourth double-century of his first-class career, before both sides settled for an early draw