County Championship News
Cheteshwar Pujara continues fine form for Sussex with fourth consecutive century in County Championship
Pujara brought up the three-figure mark in 133 deliveries against a quality Middlesex attack that had premier Pakistan speedster Shaheen Shah Afridi among its ranks.
Stokes recently took over as England's new Test captain after Joe Root stepped down following a five-year reign that culminated in a string of painful defeats
England's new Test captain Ben Stokes hits County record 17 sixes in 64-ball ton; plunders 34 runs in an over
The left-hander took just 47 balls to reach his half-century but then went into overdrive, with his second 50 taking just 17 deliveries.
Pujara made 203 and faced 334 balls, in which he hit 24 fours. The senior India player was batting overnight on 107, which helped his side take a substantial lead against Durham, who were all out for 223 in their first innings.
Cheteshwar Pujara continues good form, slams third century in as many matches in County Championship
Pujara, who was batting on 107 off 167 balls, hit 13 fours to help his side take a substantial lead against Durham, who were all out on 223 in their first innings.
With the match on the line, Pujara came in to bat at No. 4 in Sussex's second innings and remained unbeaten on 201 at stumps on the final day to ensure a draw for his side.
Cheteshwar Pujara slammed 201 not out in the second innings for Sussex on his debut for the County side.
Clarke, a multiple County Championship winner, won two Test caps and made 20 one-day international appearances for England.
Looking to get some quality match practice ahead of joining the Indian in Durham on Thursday, Ashwin did more than enough with 58 overs under his belt and a match haul of 7 for 127.
Ashwin, who is one of the three Indian spinners to take over 400 Test wickets, gave away 99 runs as Somerset scored a mammoth 429 all out in 148.5 overs.
The unnamed player has begun to self isolate and other members of the Derbyshire squad have been identified as close contacts.
England vs New Zealand: Wicketkeeper-batsman Ben Foakes ruled out of Tests after freak dressing room injury
Foakes was due to play his first home Test — all eight previous Test appearances have been abroad — but he tore his left hamstring when he slipped on what is believed to be a sock in the Surrey dressing room on Sunday.
Rankin is among the 15 players who have played Test cricket for two countries.
Turning out for Sussex in a County Championship game against Kent on Thursday, Archer finished with figures of 2 for 29 from his 13 overs, which included the wickets of Zak Crawley and Kent skipper Bell Drummond, as the tourists were bundled out for 145.
The 26-year-pacer had sustained an injury at his home in January and the surgery was conducted while he was still undergoing treatment for a long-term elbow injury.
County Championship: Hanuma Vihari scores 32 in his second outing but leaves Warwickshire in trouble against Essex
Vihari was out for 0 and 8 on his County debut against Nottinghamshire but looked far more assured while batting on the second day.
Vihari, who is set to play a minimum three games for the Birmingham-based county, struggled a lot while facing England international Stuart Broad during his agonising 40-minute stay in the middle.
Bird had been due to play for county in six matches starting this month but the 34-year-old has now been told to rest for four weeks because of a bulging disc.
Leicestershire were furious with the dismissal and released a post-match statement revealing they have been in contact with the ECB to complain.
The 27-year-old will provide cover for Pieter Malan at Edgbaston as the South African continues to wait for confirmation of a visa.