Skipper Smith ready to hit ground running

It is the dawning of a new era at Emirates Old Trafford in 2015 under Ashley Giles’ watch and one which recently-appointed Lancashire captain Tom Smith cannot wait to tackle.

Kevin Howells (BBC radio)

In good hands with Ashley Giles. Strong winter signings including Peter Siddle who will take some of the strain off Glen Chapple early season and a good start will take them close to promotion – but it’s not certain. Loved their T20 cricket last year and predict the same again. 

First Ashes Test 100 days away

The Ashes urn and Investec Series trophy has been touring key sites in Wales with 100 days to go until the first Test between England and Australia at the SWALEC Stadium, where tickets are still available to purchase.

The first four days of the match, which begins on July 8, are largely sold out, but Glamorgan have released additional tickets for the final day, priced at £25 for adults and £15 for juniors, with a full refund policy also in place if no cricket is played.

Clarke to end ODI career after final

Australia captain Michael Clarke will retire from one-day internationals following tomorrow’s World Cup final against New Zealand.

The 33-year-old has been suffering with a back problem for some time and a hamstring injury ruled him out of Australia’s World Cup build-up, with George Bailey and Steven Smith, the two men most likely to succeed him, both leading the side in that period.

Trott back for Windies tour

The England selectors today announced a 16-man squad captained by Alastair Cook for the three-match Test series in the West Indies which starts next month.

The Warwickshire batsman Jonathan Trott, who captained England Lions on their recent tour of South Africa, returns to the squad after an 18-month absence from the international scene.

There are also three uncapped players in the squad; Yorkshire duo Adam Lyth and Adil Rashid – two of six Yorkshire players in the tour party – and the Durham pace bowler Mark Wood.

Bowser propels England again

Dan Bowser continued his excellent start to his England Learning Disability career with a maiden century helping the team to an 86-run victory over Australia in the second and final Twenty20.

The 26-year-old number three made 52 off just 31 balls on debut in the opening win yesterday, and he followed that up with a fantastic 115 not out off only 66 deliveries today, a knock which included 15 fours and three sixes.