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Ben Stokes survived an early let-off but showed no ill effects of his knee injury

England v South Africa, 2nd ODI, Ageas Bowl

De Villiers 'upset' at ball-condition query

AB de Villiers has said he was "pretty upset" at being asked by the umpires to explain the condition of one of the balls during South Africa's narrow defeat against England at the Ageas Bowl

Sonny Ramadhin and Alf Valentine

England v Ireland, 2nd ODI, Lord's

Five famous first outings at Lord's

From "The Demon" Spofforth to Lord Beginner's two pals and the teenage Ben Hollioake, we offer some inspiration for Ireland

Dan Lawrence acknowledges his century

Essex v Lancashire, Specsavers Championship Div One, Chelmsford, 4th day

Teenager Lawrence denies Lancashire with seven-hour stay

Sometimes a teenager just won't be budged. Lancashire went into the final day at Chelmsford needing eight wickets for victory but they foundered on the rock of Dan Lawrence

Cover of Wisden 2017

Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2017

A glocal celebration of the game

This year's Wisden Cricketer's Almanack casts its eye around England and the world, and acknowledges cricket's role in society at large

James Anderson took three wickets in an over

Essex v Lancashire, Specsavers Championship Div One, Chelmsford, 2nd day

Essex given a reality check of Division One life

Lancashire have not lost to Essex in the Championship since 1997 and that does not look like changing in this match