It's there somewhere: Jos Buttler takes a catch in practice

England v Australia, 1st Investec Test, Cardiff

England's evolution faces a litmus test

What is truth and what is fiction about this England Test side? The next few weeks will show us, but for all the talk of youthful exuberance they will need senior players to lift and a good start is vital

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Bavalan Pathmanathan died after being struck in the chest by a ball

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Club cricketer dies after ball hits chest

Bavalan Pathmanathan, 24, died after being hit in the chest while batting in division three of the British Tamil League at Long Ditton recreation grounds in Surrey

Tom Smith lofts down the ground during his 57

Lancashire v Essex, LV= County Championship Div Two, Old Trafford, 1st day

News on Smith lifts a bleak Manchester day

The only optimistic note on a grey day at Old Trafford was that Tom Smith's back operation had been a success. Smith, appointed Lancashire captain in February, has led them in just one championship game


Colin Ingram cuts

Derbyshire v Glamorgan, LV= County Championship Div Two, Queen's Park, 1st day

Footitt frustrated as Ingram recovers Glamorgan

Derbyshire's England fast bowling hopeful Mark Footitt endured a frustrating day in front of National Selector James Whitaker as South African batsman Colin Ingram led a Glamorgan recovery at Chesterfield


Darren Stevens hit four boundaries in his 34

Leicestershire v Kent, LV= County Championship Div Two, Grace Rd, 2nd day

Stevens sees Kent close in on victory

Bad light frustrated Kent as they ended the second day of the against Leicestershire closing in on victory. The home side lead by just 59 runs with a single second innings wicket remaining when at 7pm the umpires decided the light was too poor to continue


Daryl Mitchell drives on his way to 44

Worcestershire v Hampshire, LV= County Championship Div One, New Rd, 1st day

Mitchell keeps Bird at arms length

Daryl Mitchell carried on his crusade against Hampshire as Worcestershire recovered from an early crisis in the New Road clash between the bottom two teams in Division One