Adams nets Sri Lanka role

Sri Lanka have appointed former Surrey team director Chris Adams to act as a consultant on their forthcoming tour of England.

Adams, who left Surrey last year, will therefore find himself up against his old Sussex colleague Peter Moores – now England Head Coach – when Sri Lanka arrive in this country next month.

The 43-year-old was Sussex captain when Moores helped them win the County Championship for the first time in 2003.

Wright on song in Warwickshire win

Chris Wright took his match haul to seven wickets as Warwickshire completed a 98-run victory over Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.

Wright claimed three of the remaining seven wickets needed by the visitors on the third morning for their first win of the LV= County Championship Division One season, at the third attempt.

Notts took just three points to Warwickshire’s 21 for their troubles over the past three days.

Chris Wright celebrates removing James Taylor the first of two wickets in an over that also saw Riki Wessels dismissed during Warwickshire's 98-run win

Rain wins the day in Bristol

Rain ensured no play was possible on the first day of the LV= County Championship Division Two match between Essex and Gloucestershire at Bristol.

Essex, who are unbeaten in 11 championship visits to Gloucestershire, sit third in the table after a win over Derbyshire and a hard-earned draw at Surrey.

Gloucestershire, meanwhile, are looking for their first victory of the season following defeat to Hampshire and a draw at Glamorgan. 

Root set for first-class return

Joe Root will head to English cricket’s headquarters with Yorkshire on Sunday looking to bat himself into selection for the international summer.

The 23-year-old has not played first-class cricket since breaking his thumb on England’s tour of the West Indies earlier this yearan injury which forced him out of the World Twenty20.

He made a successful return for Yorkshire’s second string this week, though, scoring eight and 61 as they faced Lancashire, and he has now been named in their first-team squad for the LV= County Championship clash with Middlesex at Lord’s.

Buttler aims for solid service

England and Lancashire wicketkeeper Jos Buttler insists consistency is the key this season as he settles into his new county surroundings.

Following a winter that featured limited-overs international action in Australia, the West Indies and Bangladesh, Buttler made his eagerly-awaited debut in Lancashire whites this week having moved north from Somerset over the winter.

The 23-year-old appeared in good touch across four days versus Warwickshire in the LV= County Championship, contributing 28 and 42 with the bat and taking three first-innings catches before the match accelerated towards a dramatic final-evening draw.