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Joe Root attempts to keep cool

Pakistan v England 2015-16

Root faces up to his latest challenge

England have been thrown into the Dubai microwave, temperatures set to high, and a couple of minutes later they are claiming they are ready for the Pakistan Test series. Joe Root's skill and adaptability gives them hope

Danny Briggs' first two overs were maidens

County news

Briggs makes surprise Sussex switch

Danny Briggs, the left-arm spinner who was once hailed as the answer to England's one-day spin bowling needs, has sought to re-energise a faltering career by switching to Hampshire's south coast neighbours Sussex

Fidel Edwards jumps for joy after removing Alex Lees

Nottinghamshire v Hampshire, LV= Championship Div One, Trent Bridge, 3rd day

Edwards' happy hour gives Hampshire a lifeline

Fidel Edwards was again to the fore as Hampshireescaped five hours of toil and transformed their chances of staying in Division One during a single hour at Trent Bridge

Liam Dawson made a start but couldn't go on

Nottinghamshire v Hampshire, LV= Championship Div One, Trent Bridge, 2nd day

Hampshire cling to Division One lifeline

The most important moment in Hampshire's fight to avoid relegation from Division One of the LV= Championship came in mid-afternoon - not at Trent Bridge, but at Headingley

Samit Patel picked up 3 for 30

England in the UAE, 2015-16

Patel recalled as Ansari is ruled out

Samit Patel has been recalled to England's Test squad for the first time since 2012 after Zafar Ansari was ruled out of the tour of UAE

Fidel Edwards picked up his first five-wicket haul since 2012

Nottinghamshire v Hampshire, LV= Championship, Division One, Trent Bridge, 1st day

Edwards fights for Hampshire's losing cause

Fidel Edwards took a six-wicket haul but Riki Wessels' hundred prevented relegation-threatened Hampshire from taking charge at Trent Bridge

Cover image of Scyld Berry's <i>Cricket: The Game of Life</i>

Cricket: The Game of Life

Let's celebrate cricket

Scyld Berry does just that in his new book, delving into the game's history, as well as musing on the topics of language, race, numbers, and more besides

Brian Close, Vic Wilson, Melville Ryan and Don Wilson celebrate the victory over Glamorgan

The embodiment of a Yorkshireman

Brian Close was courageous, of course, but also outspoken, indestructible, and bloody-minded