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The ECB today announced the itinerary for India’s tour of England next summer which will encompass five Investec Test Matches, a five match One-Day International series and a NatWest T20 International.

India will play a five-match Test series in this country for the first time since 1959 with Trent Bridge, Lord’s, The Ageas Bowl,  Emirates Old Trafford and The Kia Oval all hosting Investec Test Matches.

Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Middlesex will host tour matches against India who last toured England in 2011 when they were defeated four-nil in the Test Series and three-nil in the NatWest Series with the NatWest International T20 series drawn 1-1.

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Cricket Australia (CA) has today announced plans to trial day-night first-class cricket with the longer term aim of playing a Test in Australia under lights.

Round 9 of the Bupa Sheffield Shield this season will be day-night matches. The matches in Queensland, South Australia and Victoria will be played with pink balls. If these trials are successful, CA will then look to schedule more day-night first-class matches in the 2014-15 season to further trial playing conditions and equipment.

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Australia continued their revival on their Tour of England, albeit too late to win back the Ashes, but the team are finally showing their world renowned fighting spirit as they won the honours on the opening day of the fourth test in Durham. England were restricted to 238-9 with Nathan Lyon picking up 4 wickets to knock over the England middle order after Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott gave the side a good start.

England won the toss and chose to bat first in the fourth Ashes Test of the series at the Riverside Ground in Chester le Street. Australia made just the one change to their squad as Jackson Bird came back into the side replacing Mitchell Starc. England again came in with an unchanged side for this test match.

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The ICC’s General Manager – Cricket, Geoff Allardice, met with the representatives of the England and Australia teams and the ICC umpires in Durham on Wednesday to discuss the recent performance of the Decision Review System (DRS).

Mr. Allardice described the meetings as “very constructive”, with the teams and umpires reiterating their support for the DRS, and supporting the continued use of the Hot Spot technology in the final two Tests of the series that will be played at Chester-le-Street from Friday and at The Oval from 21 August.

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Rain played spoilsport on Day 5 of the Third Ashes Test Match, as only 20.3 overs were bowled on the Final Day and forced the test match to be declared as a draw. With the result, England retain the Ashes, having already won the First Two test matches at Trent Bridge and Lord's.

The forecast for the day predicted heavy rains, and Australia's chances of going for a victory were shattered early when the 10 am start time for the Day's Play began to slip. After an hour of delay due to rain, the covers finally came off at 11 am. Australia decided to declare on their over-night total of 172-7, thus setting England a target of 332 to win in the Fourth Innings.

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Australia finished Day 1 of the Second Ashes Test Match at 289-7 at the Lord's Cricket Ground in London. Led by Ian Bell' 109, England looked set to post a total close to 400, before a late order collapse saw England lose 3 wickets for 12 runs within 8 overs to leg-spinner Steve Smith. James Anderson and Tim Bresnan were the two English batsmen at the crease at stumps, batting on 4 and 7 respectively.

Earlier in the day, it was England won a crucial toss and decided to bat first. England made one change to their squad from the Trent Bridge test match as Steven Finn missed out, and was replaced by Tim Bresnan.

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Day 1 of the first Ashes Test proved exceptionally conducive to both team’s pace bowlers, as first, the English were bowled out for a low first innings total of 215, primarily due to the exploits of Peter Siddle, and later, the Aussies returned the favour by finishing the day at 75-4, with 2 wickets apiece to Steven Finn and James Anderson.

The 2013 edition of the Ashes kicked off with England and Australia squaring off at the Trent Bridge Cricket Ground in Nottingham. England Skipper Alastair Cook won the toss and decided to bat first.

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