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Alastair Cook staves off a delivery by standing tall

Somerset v Essex, Specsavers Championship Div One, Taunton, 3rd day

Cook begins post-captaincy life with classy hundred

Those who harboured fears that Alastair Cook would descend into a sea of despond upon conceding the England Test captaincy can rest easy

Alastair Cook slaps one through the off side

Somerset v Essex, Specsavers Championship Div One, Taunton, 1st day

Cook beds in after Somerset's sleepy start

Somerset were dismissed for a sub-par 209 on the first day of their season before Alastair Cook bedded in for Essex

Kim Barnett has been appointed as Derbyshire's director of cricket

'I think we can be in the top four this season'

Kim Barnett, Derbyshire's new director of cricket, has big ambitions for the county, and he wants to create an environment where players take more responsibility

Stuart Broad produced a strong late spell

England news

Strauss insists Broad rests while Stokes roars in at IPL

Andrew Strauss, the director of England Cricket, has defended the decision to refuse Nottinghamshire's request to adjust Stuart Broad's centrally-enforced rest schedule to allow him to play in the Specsavers Championship against Durham at Chester-le-Stree

Jimmy Adams drives during his half-century

Yorkshire v Hampshire, Specsavers Championship Div One, Headingley, 3rd day

Yorkshire stunned as Hampshire complete stirring comeback

Such was Hampshire's composure in outlasting Yorkshire in a four-wicket win at Headingley, they are clearly not suffering from feelings of inadequacy after their relegation reprieve

Gary Ballance sweeps during his century

Yorkshire v Hampshire, Specsavers Championship Div One, Headingley, 1st day

Coad stuns Hampshire after Ballance stars with century

Gary Ballance and Ben Coad starred during an action-packed opening day of the Specsavers County Championship season between Yorkshire and Hampshire at Headingley

Gary Ballance drives during his century

County news

Ballance takes on Yorkshire's Pandora's Box

Captaining Yorkshire is not a task for the faint-hearted. That honour has now been passed to Gary Ballance, a very different character to his predecessor