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Tim Bresnan back to bowling in a fortnight after elbow operation

Bresnan to get back in the swing of things in a fortnight after undergoing elbow operation

Mike Dawes


19:53 GMT, 3 April 2013



19:54 GMT, 3 April 2013

On the comeback trail: Tim Bresnan

On the comeback trail: Tim Bresnan

England bowler Tim Bresnan will return to action in a fortnight following an operation on his right elbow.

The 28-year-old, who was named in a 30-man England squad for the summer season, underwent an operation in February and missed the tour of New Zealand.

The Yorkshireman is set to play in the three-day friendly against Lancashire at Headingley, which starts a week on Tuesday.

Bresnan said: ‘It would be wise to go into a friendly first up. I’m hoping to be fully fit and take a full part in that game and all the other games after that.’

England are Ashes favourites for good reason, admits Jason Gillespie

England deserve to be Ashes favourites, admits Aussie great Gillespie

Mike Dawes


10:30 GMT, 2 February 2013



11:45 GMT, 2 February 2013

Yorkshire coach and former Australia fast bowler Jason Gillespie believes England will deservedly start as favourites for their defence of the Ashes later this year.

England retained the famous urn with an emphatic 3-1 win in the five-match Test series on Australian soil in 2010/11, and have been tipped to dictate terms again when the famous rivalry resumes in July.

Gillespie, having been installed as Yorkshire's first-team coach in 2011, has been able to assess the hosts' preparations first hand, and believes English optimism is well-placed.

Jason Gillespie thinks England's Ashes victories give them the advantage

Odds on: Jason Gillespie thinks England's will be full of confidence

Gillespie took 65 wickets in 18 matches against England

Pedigree: Gillespie took 65 wickets in 18 matches against England

'They are incredibly confident over here but they deserve to start favourites, England, no doubt about it,' Gillespie told The Australian newspaper.

'I think potentially they could underestimate our bowling. I've been speaking about it quite regularly over here and saying, ''Don't underestimate the strength of Australia's pace bowling attack''.

'But England won't underestimate Australia. They're too clever for that and I know the England management has already been doing a lot of research.

'They've been planning and researching for a long time. I've got no doubt they'll be wary.'

Gillespie took 7/37 at Headingley on his first Ashes tour to England

Lethal: Gillespie took 7/37 at Headingley on his first Ashes tour

Gillespie, who claimed 259 wickets in 71 Tests for Australia between 1996 and 2006, expects England's well-established bowling attack to trouble a relatively inexperienced Australian batting line-up.

'England's bowling is very good at the moment,' he said.

'Coming up against the Australian batting order, they will rightly feel they're in the game. They feel they can put Australia under pressure and can have Michael Clarke coming in consistently very early, at two or three down for not very many.

James Anderson could prove to be the difference

Match-winner: James Anderson could prove to be the difference

'James Anderson is one of the best going around. He'll lead the attack, (Steven) Finn is a very good bowler, (Tim) Bresnan is a very good bowler, (Stuart) Broad has had a bit of an up-and-down time but he's also a very good bowler.

'Graeme Swann is one of the best spin bowlers in the world, if not the number one. Their batting is strong and they've got the best wicketkeeper-batsman in the world (Matt Prior) so they're in a good place.'


England: James Anderson, Steven Finn, Stuart Broad, Tim Bresnan, Graeme Swann, Monty Panesar, Graeme Onions

Australia: Mitchell Johnson, Peter Siddle, James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Xavier Doherty, Jackson Bird, Steven Smith

Super League coaches Brian McDermott and Richard Agar give controversial proposed rule changes thumbs up

Super League coaches give thumbs up to controversial proposed rule changes



16:40 GMT, 27 December 2012

Super League coaches Brian McDermott and Richard Agar have given their 'thumbs up' to the experimental rule changes trialled on Boxing Day, although the Rugby Football League have been criticised over their introduction.

The changes were formulated by the RFL's laws committee and put into practice during the Leeds-Wakefield festive challenge at Headingley, as well as the Batley-Dewsbury derby.

The option for teams to reduce the numbers in a scrum was largely ignored at Headingley, where one man was sent off and four others were sin-binned, and there was no instance of the ball being kicked dead from before halfway, which would have resulted in a 40-metre restart.

Controversial: The proposed changes were trialled during Leeds Rhinos and Wakefield Wildcats on Boxing Day

Controversial: The proposed changes were trialled during Leeds Rhinos and Wakefield Wildcats on Boxing Day

Teams with scrum feed can leave the loose forward out of the pack to create an extra man.
Tackle count does not reset with a charge-down. If the ball is kicked dead from a team's own half the opposition receive a 40-metre tap.

However, there was a clear example at Leeds of the proposal to continue the tackle count in the event of a charge-down and Wakefield scored one of their tries after being given the advantage to play on following a handling error by their opponents.

Wildcats boss Agar was full of praise for Danny Cowling's speculative kick, following a loss of possession by Leeds on halfway, which set up a score for full-back Richard Mathers.

'It's a free shot and a terrific example of how it's going to work,' Agar said.

'It's a rule I feel should be a positive one.

'It could get messy sometimes with play coming back 50 or 60 metres and slowing the game up but in terms of trying things and producing more attacking rugby we should give it a go.

'Rugby league has always been a sport that is not afraid to put its neck on the line and be a bit innovative and I'm all for that.'

Leeds boss McDermott said: 'I like the new rules. The punishment for a charge-down if it doesn't come off has always been heavily weighted towards the team with the ball.

'The added man from the scrum will take some getting used to. I don't think there is a play out there just yet that will get the defence.'

Friendly There was clearly no festive cheer during this exhibition match

Friendly There was clearly no festive cheer during this exhibition match

Agar claimed his club was not told of the experimental rules until just before their final training session and, therefore, did not have enough time to prepare for them.

'We didn't know about them until Friday,' he said. 'We would have tried some things around them had we had more time.

'Certainly I applaud the RFL for trying them and this was the right game in which to do it but the way it was communicated was wrong.

'We should know, then the players could have a say and the fans should know a bit earlier than they did so they could go away and debate it.

'There's a lot of senior, highly-paid management at the RFL who forgot to tell us which I find a bit disappointing.'

The RFL say details of the experimental changes were presented to the autumn meeting of the RL Council and their impact will be assessed in the new year before any decision is taken on their future implementation.

RFL chief executive Nigel Wood, who chairs the laws committee, said: 'Christmas friendlies are the perfect opportunity to trial changes such as these and I would like to thank all four clubs for their willingness to participate in the experiment.'

Leeds 40 Wakefield 26: Justin Poore sparks mass brawl

Leeds 40 Wakefield 26: We know it's Boxing Day but this is ridiculous! Poore behaviour leads to mass brawl



15:10 GMT, 26 December 2012

Wakefield's Australian prop Justin Poore made an unforgettable first appearance on British soil when he was sent off against Super League champions Leeds for sparking a Boxing Day brawl.

The 27-year-old former Parramatta forward was given his marching orders by referee Jamie Leahy after clashing with Leeds prop Ryan Bailey just 20 minutes into the festive challenge match at Headingley.

Poore had already conceded three penalties in an inauspicious start to his Wakefield career and he could now miss the start of Super League XVIII in February if he is banned by the disciplinary committee.

Festive cheer: Wakefield and Leeds players square up on Boxing Day

Festive cheer: Wakefield and Leeds players square up on Boxing Day

Festive cheer: Wakefield and Leeds players square up on Boxing Day

Ouch: Ryan Bailey was cut in the clash

Ouch: Ryan Bailey was cut in the clash

Bailey was sin-binned for his part in
the fracas, along with team-mate Mitch Achurch, who was also making his
first appearance in British rugby league, and Wakefield winger Ben

Leeds hooker
Paul McShane, making his return from a loan spell with Widnes, became
the fourth player to be shown a yellow card when he was sin-binned on 57
minutes for a high tackle.

fielding a near full-strength team, were never able to overcome their
numerical disadvantage as they went down to a makeshift Leeds outfit in
front of a crowd of 9,347.
of the show was acting captain Danny McGuire, one of three members of
the Rhinos' Grand Final-winning team, while new faces Joe Vickery and
Joel Moon also caught the eye on Leeds' new 1million pitch.

a 23-year-old Australian trialist, boosted his chances of securing a
contract by scoring two well-taken tries in the first 22 minutes while
Moon was named the Rhinos' man of the match.

It was from McGuire's perfectly-judged grubber kick that Vickery opened the scoring on five minutes, although Wakefield hit the champions with two well-executed tries in three minutes from skipper Danny Kirmond and new signing Reece Lyne to take a 12-6 lead.

A superb one-handed pass from ex-Salford centre Moon gave the impressive Vickery the chance to jink his way over for his second try and delicate footwork from McShane created the first of two touchdowns for prop Brad Singleton.

McShane's second conversion made it 16-12 but Cockayne brought the scores level on the stroke of half-time when he took Lyne's pass to score the visitors' third try.

Leeds edged back in front four minutes into the second half when McGuire's long pass got winger Jimmy Watson over for their fourth try and the England half-back took complete control to create further tries for winger Jamel Chisholm, substitute Alex Foster and Moon.

Centre Dean Collis and former Leeds full-back Richard Mathers added further tries for the Wildcats and Paul Sykes kicked a third goal but Leeds had the final say when Singleton went over for their eighth try, with McShane kicking his fourth goal from six attempts.

Jimmy Anderson on cloud nine after dismissing Sachin Tendulkar – Lawrence Booth

Top Spin at the Test: 'Burnley Express' on cloud nine



19:50 GMT, 14 December 2012

When Jimmy Anderson knocked back Sachin Tendulkar's middle stump via an inside edge to dismiss him for just two, it was the ninth time in Tests Anderson has got his man – the most by any bowler during Tendulkar's 194-match career, one clear of Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan. In all, Anderson has trapped Tendulkar lbw three times, bowled him twice and had him caught behind and in the slips twice each.

Tormentor: James Anderson (file image)

Tormentor: James Anderson (file image)

Sehwag's unwanted record

Tendulkar may not be the only Indian batsman developing a complex about Anderson. Virender Sehwag also lost his middle stump to the England bowler, thus completing his 16th Test duck – a record for an Indian recognised batsman. Seven of those blobs have come against England, with Anderson now his chief tormentor, having also removed him for nought at Mumbai in March 2006 and at Edgbaston in August 2011.

Cheteshwar Pujara became the latest victim of a poor umpiring decision in this series when he was given out by Rod Tucker caught at short leg off his elbow. Despite that, it was a superb reflex catch by Ian Bell, who had resumed his customary position under the helmet after Joe Root had missed a chance there seven overs earlier, failing to stay down and getting hit flush on the right shin as Pujara played forward to Monty Panesar.

Root is up in good company

Only three England batsmen have made more runs in their debut Test innings against India than Joe Root's 73. Kent's Bryan Valentine hit 136 at the Brabourne Stadium in what was then Bombay way back in December 1933, while Owais Shah managed 88 at Mumbai's newer Wankhede Stadium in March 2006, an innings in which he was affected by wrist cramps. Lancashire's Geoff Pullar hit 75 at Headingley in 1959.

Swann is flying again

When Graeme Swann made 85 against South Africa at Centurion three years ago, hopes were high that England were uncovering a bowling all-rounder. But his 56 yesterday was his first half-century since that Test, in which time – until yesterday – he had scored only 679 Test runs at an average of 18. The way he timed Ravindra Jadeja and Piyush Chawla for sixes was a long overdue reminder of what he is capable of.

India v England: Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann join the spin doctors

Top Spin at the Test: Dynamic duo of Panesar and Swann join the spin doctors

Lawrence Booth


21:24 GMT, 26 November 2012



21:24 GMT, 26 November 2012

Legend: England off-spinner Jim Laker

Legend: England off-spinner Jim Laker

English spinners took 19 wickets in a Test for the first time since 1958, when Jim Laker (11) and Tony Lock (eight) knocked over a poor New Zealand side for 67 and 109 at Headingley.

That pair were also responsible for the one game in which Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann’s Mumbai match haul of 19 for 323 has been bettered by English slow bowlers. At Old Trafford in 1956, Laker and Lock shared all 20 Australian wickets — or rather, Laker claimed 19 to Lock’s one.

Panesar’s the third man

Had umpire Aleem Dar not reprieved Pragyan Ojha when he edged Monty Panesar to leg slip on the final morning, Panesar would have returned the best match figures by an English spinner in a Test in Asia.

Instead, he had to settle for 11-210, which placed him third, behind fellow slow-left armers Nick Cook (11-83 v Pakistan at Karachi, 1983-84) and Hedley Verity (11-153 v India at Madras, 1933-34).

History boys

This was only the second time in 12 years that India have lost a Test at home after winning the toss and batting first — the grimace on Alastair Cook’s face when he called incorrectly on Friday morning was understandable.

In fact, they rarely lose at home at all: this was only their seventh defeat in 56 Tests in India since they went down to Steve Waugh’s Australians in Mumbai in March 2001.

Spin kings: Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar celebrate in the dressing room

Spin kings: Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar celebrate in the dressing room

Swann’s soaring to new heights

India’s captain MS Dhoni insisted that England’s spinners outbowled India’s principally because Monty Panesar was quicker through the air.
But where did that leave Graeme Swann

The off-spinner — who during the course of the match overtook John Snow to move into 13th on England’s all-time Test wicket-taking list — claimed eight for 113.

By contrast, India’s two offies, Ravichandran Ashwin and Harbhajan Singh, managed just four for 251 between them.

No 'I' in Team, Gautam

Gautam Gambhir raised a few eyebrows on the final morning when he appeared to place his desire to carry his bat — something only three Indians have ever managed — above the team needs.

Twice, Gambhir exposed his tail-end colleagues with a single off the first ball of an over, prompting Shane Warne, sitting in the commentary box, to tweet: ‘Surely Gambhir should not be taking singles I think as he has been in poor form he wants a not out !!!!! Team first please…..’

Picture Dispute

are unable to carry live pictures from the Second Test in Mumbai due to
a dispute between the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and
international news organisations. The BCCI has refused access to Test
venues to established picture agencies Getty Images and Action Images
and other Indian photographic agencies. MailOnline consider this action
to be a strike against press freedom and supports the action to boycott
BCCI imagery.

ECB release 2013 domestic cricket fixtures

Warwickshire to start defence of County Championship against Derbyshire as 2013 domestic fixtures are announced



15:10 GMT, 26 November 2012

Warwickshire are set to begin their LV= County Championship defence at Edgbaston against newly promoted Derbyshire after the domestic season’s fixtures were announced this afternoon.

The first round of the County Championship matches starts on Wednesday April 10 after champions Warwickshire return from Abu Dhabi having taken part in the traditional season opener against MCC.

The Clydesdale Bank 40, meanwhile, begins on Friday May 3 with holders Hampshire taking on Essex at Chelmsford in the floodlit game.

Ready Warwickshire start their title defence against Derbyshire on April 10

Ready Warwickshire start their title defence against Derbyshire on April 10

The final of the competition, which sees the 18 first-class counties joined by Scotland, the Netherlands and the Unicorns, will be held on Saturday September 21 at Lord’s.

The Friends Life t20 begins on Wednesday June 26 and, as usual, will include the first-class counties divided into three geographical groups before being pitted against one another.

The Friends Life t20 Finals Day will be held at Edgbaston on Saturday August 17.

Seven international teams are scheduled to play series in the UK next summer with New Zealand, Australia, Australia A, Bangladesh A, Bangladesh U19s, Pakistan U19s, and Australia Women all touring.

A full list of fixtures are published on the ECB's website here.


All the below matches begin on Wednesday April 10

Warwickshire v Derbyshire Edgbaston, Birmingham

Durham v Somerset Emirates Durham ICG, Chester-le-Street

Yorkshire v Sussex Headingley Carnegie, Leeds

Nottinghamshire v Middlesex Trent Bridge, Nottingham

Kevin Pietersen"s five best innings – Sportsmail looks back

After his man of the match knock in Mumbai, Sportsmail remembers five of KP's best



08:29 GMT, 26 November 2012

1 158 v Australia, The Oval, 2005

Secured England’s first Ashes victory since 1986-87 with a stunning post-lunch assault on Brett Lee, and finished with seven sixes on one of the most famous days in English cricketing history

2 151 v Sri Lanka, Colombo, 2011-12

Switch-hit Sri Lanka to distraction, whacking six sixes in a 165-ball innings to help England square the series after four Test defeats in a row.

Reaching new heights: KP was at his big-hitting best in Colombo in 2012

Reaching new heights: KP was at his big-hitting best in Colombo in 2012

3 149 v South Africa, Headingley 2012

Two days before claiming ‘it’s hard being me’, Pietersen suggested it was actually quite fun, destroying the world’s best seam attack on a memorable Saturday afternoon

4 186 v India, Mumbai, 2012-13

With the pressure on after his double failure at Ahmedabad, Pietersen showed he was none for the worse for his exile. Walked off to a standing ovation at the Wankhede.

Turn around: KP turned a terrible situation into a match-winning one

Turn around: KP turned a terrible situation into a match-winning one

5 129 v New Zealand, Napier, 2007-08

England were 4 for 3 on the first morning of the series decider against the Kiwis, but Pietersen gauged the seam-friendly conditions perfectly to set up victory.

England's finest on century duty

Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen have scored more Test runs in Asia than any other English batsmen.

England in India

Cook and Pietersen equalled the English record of 22 Test tons (Wally Hammond, Colin Cowdrey and Geoff Boycott) but they are a way behind the world’s top five.

The best

Pietersen is currently 35th on the all-time Test run-scoring list and Cook is 44th.

Best ever

Cook has now scored more runs than any other batsman by the age of 27.


Kevin Pietersen England exile ended by ECB

Pietersen's England exile over as ECB accept Strauss texts were not 'derogatory'



11:19 GMT, 3 October 2012

Kevin Pietersen and the England and Wales Cricket Board have announced that they have agreed 'a process for his re-integration into the England team' but he looks unlikely to make his return before the new year.

ECB chairman Giles Clarke has confirmed that Pietersen has agreed a new England central contract. His
previous deal with the ECB expired two days ago, but the issue of
'provocative' phone messages to friends in the Proteas dressing room
appears to have been finally resolved.

Pietersen has not played international cricket since the second Test against South Africa in the summer, being dropped for the series finale and then being left out of the World Twenty20 squad despite reversing his limited-overs retirement.

Discussions have been ongoing behind the scenes in a bid to establish common ground with Pietersen and while the news appears positive in terms of Pietersen continuing his England career, the forthcoming Test tour to India looks likely to be too soon.

Pietersen is expected to thrash out his differences with the other England players in private at a holding camp in Dubai later this month.

Switching roles: Pietersen has been working as a pundit for ESPN in Sri Lanka during the world Twenty20

Switching roles: Pietersen has been working as a pundit for ESPN in Sri Lanka during the world Twenty20

Clarke, speaking at a joint press conference with Pietersen in Colombo, said: 'Kevin will be engaged in a reintegration process which has already started today with a lengthy discussion with me.'

The ECB released a statement conceding that the text messages Pietersen sent to members of the South Africa team about then captain Andrew Strauss during the second Test at Headingley in August were not 'derogatory'

The exact content of the messages
sent by Pietersen has not been established but
the ECB have accepted a promise by the player that they were not
critical of his England colleagues or tactically sensitive.

The statement read: 'ECB and Kevin
Pietersen confirm that agreement has been reached concerning a process
for his re-integration into the England team during the remainder of
2012. Upon completion of the programme, the England Selectors will
consider Kevin for future matches.

'Kevin Pietersen has apologised to
Andrew Strauss and wishes to express to all those who support England
his regrets at the impact the recent controversies have had on the
England Team. He now wishes to put the events of the summer behind him
and to focus on regaining his place in the England Team.

regards the issue of the BBM messages, due to the fact that Kevin had
not retained the BBM messages, this matter has been successfully
concluded through a binding assurance provided to ECB by Kevin. Kevin
conceded that the messages exchanged were provocative.

'ECB is satisfied, following receipt
of this binding assurance, that to the best of his recollection, Kevin
did not convey any messages which were derogatory about the England
Captain, the England Team Director, the ECB or employees of the ECB.
Furthermore, there was no tactical information whatsoever provided to
members of the South African Touring Party.'

Certainty has been a scarce commodity throughout the recent saga, meaning a Pietersen return for the four Tests in India cannot be ruled out. An alternative comeback date could be the five-match one-day series in India at the start of January, which is followed by an all-format visit to New Zealand.

Top class: Pietersen his 149 against South Africa in his last Test for England, at Headingley in August

Top class: Pietersen his 149 against South Africa in his last Test for England, at Headingley in August

Pietersen's annual central contract lapsed two days ago.

He was not included previously on the
list last month of those awarded contracts for 2012/13, and it is
understood – after a summer of wrangles and disagreements with his
employers and team-mates – the South Africa-born batsman turned down the
subsequent offer of a four-month deal.

32-year-old's return to the England team appears most likely to come in
time for either next year's January one-day international tour of India
or the trip to New Zealand which follows. But he may yet be added to
the squad, already picked without him, to travel to India at the end of
this month for a four-Test tour.

alienated many in the summer, first of all with his wish to play a full
Indian Premier League campaign at a time when England have Test match
obligations next spring, and then with the 'provocative' text messages
he sent to opposition South Africa players during the Headingley Test.

reacted by dropping him from the final Test at Lord's, and he has also
been absent from their failed ICC World Twenty20 campaign in Sri Lanka –
where he is instead working as a television pundit.

he has apologised for sending the texts – which may or may not have
contained 'derogatory' reference to former Test captain Strauss –
and has also been engaged in recent weeks in a series of meetings with
ECB top brass, aimed at finding the necessary common ground to
reintegrate him into the England fold.

Kevin Pietersen hopes England problems are "sorted"

Pietersen hopes England issues are 'sorted' and suggests comeback in New Zealand



08:43 GMT, 21 September 2012

Kevin Pietersen is hoping his differences with the England and Wales Cricket Board are 'sorted', and he will return in time to tour New Zealand early next year.

England's prodigal batsman has been at odds with his employers for much of the summer and was eventually dropped from the Test team at Lord's when his working relationship with coach Andy Flower and then captain

Andrew Strauss broke down over 'provocative' texts sent to opposing South African players at Headingley.

In exile: Kevin Pietersen has been banished from the England set-up

In exile: Kevin Pietersen has been banished from the England set-up

Pietersen is also playing no part in England's defence of the ICC World Twenty20, which gets under way in earnest when they face Afghanistan in their first Group A match.

Instead, he is fulfilling a lucrative contract as a television pundit for the tournament and staying on the outskirts of Colombo – from where he this morning tweeted his optimism that he may soon be returning to the fold.

In an exchange with New Zealand rugby union star Dan Carter, he wrote: 'Hoping all's sorted and I'm on the NZ tour in Feb.'

Strauss, meanwhile, has cleared the
air with Pietersen after relations between them were strained over the
reported content of the texts the latter sent to South African players.

'We did catch up. It was important we did,' Strauss told Sky Sports News. 'He and I have had interesting times over the last month or two, and it was great to sit down with him.

'He apologised for a few things he
had done. We've been through a lot together and had shared experiences.
We're fine going forward.'

Clearing the air: Andrew Strauss (second left) has no issue with Pietersen

Clearing the air: Andrew Strauss (second left) has no issue with Pietersen

Pietersen's remark comes a day after new Test captain Alastair Cook confirmed he has held meetings with the South Africa-born batsman, but issues remain to be resolved before he can resume his international career with his adopted country.

Cook replaced Strauss when the latter retired last month, and will travel to India for a tough four-Test tour there without Pietersen in his squad.

England's selectors felt unable to reintegrate the superstar batsman yet, and he was also left off the list of those with annual central contracts – meaning Pietersen will be a free agent once his current deal runs out at the end of this month.

Cook said: 'I did have a meeting with Kev and I've been involved with (other) meetings as well.

the issues haven't been resolved, and that's why he hasn't been made
available for selection at the moment. Time, I hope, will be a healer
and we will be able to move on.'

England and Wales Cricket Board had no comment to make in response to
Pietersen's tweet, and Cook refused to be drawn on what the issues are.

Meetings: England's new Test captain Alastair Cook has talked with Pietersen

Meetings: England's new Test captain Alastair Cook has talked with Pietersen

'That is private, and I can't talk about it,' he said. 'For the best outcome possible we can't be talking about it. When the issue gets resolved – if the issue gets resolved – I hope he can come back and play for England.

'At the moment that can't happen. We're trying to do it behind closed doors to get the best possible outcome. It's a sad circumstance at the moment. He is a world-class player and he's not playing for England at this precise moment in time. He will be missed, but it gives another person an opportunity.

'Meetings are still going on in Sri Lanka at the moment. (ECB chief executive) David Collier and (managing director) Hugh Morris are out there as well.

'If the issues can be resolved, Kevin has said he is available for selection – but at the moment that can't happen.'