Mitchell Johnson sees off James Anderson

The Investec Ashes 2015

Strauss wants Ashes in perspective

After a week of bluster and hyperbole, it fell to Andrew Strauss to provide the sense of perspective required ahead of the Investec Ashes series

Ben Stokes struck some powerful boundaries in his 92

The Investec Ashes 2015

Stokes looks Ashes expectations in the eye

Ben Stokes is aware that he carries a major responsibility as England's allrounder in the Ashes series and to no-one's surprise, it is a challenge he is looking straight in the eye

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Olly Stone celebrates a wicket

Lancashire v Northants, LV= Championship, Division Two, Old Trafford, 4th day

Dominant Northants denied by rain

Rain came to Lancashire's rescue in the LV= County Championship match against Northamptonshire at Old Trafford, with the hosts facing almost certain defeat after losing seven wickets in a poor afternoon session

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Peter Handscomb top-scored with 39

Surrey v Gloucestershire, NatWest T20 Blast, South Group, Kia Oval

Mahmood's last-ball six wins it for Surrey

Azhar Mahmood swung the last ball of the match over deep square leg for six to earn his side a dramatic NatWest T20 Blast victory against Gloucestershire by four wickets in front of a sellout 23,000 crowd at the Kia Oval

David Warner cracked 94 during the morning session

Essex v Australians, Tour match, Chelmsford, 1st day

Red-hot Marsh turns up heat on Watson

On the hottest July day in England since records began, it was hard to know what was at a higher temperature - a sweltering Chelmsford crowd or the scything blade of Mitchell Marsh

Jack Shantry bowled a tight first eight overs but failed to strike

Notts v Worcestershire, LV= Championship, Division One, Trent Bridge, 3rd day

Cool Shantry keeps Worcs from wilting

At Trent Bridge, where the white stands shone white hot, and the sky was parched blue, Nottinghamshire batted all day in defiance of the relegation gremlins that now cling around their season