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KEVIN PIETERSEN was once again overlooked for an England return, that is despite hitting 355 not out against Leicestershire in the County Championship Division 2 earlier this week.

Sussex's T20 Blast captain Luke Wright
Sussex's T20 Blast captain Luke Wright

Andrew Strauss was appointed the new director of cricket at the ECB and he decided to overlook his former team-mate.

BetVictor have England priced at 3/1 to regain the Ashes this summer.

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Australia are huge favourites to make it back-to-back successes at 4/9, while the draw is priced at 6/1.

Before the Ashes, England host New Zealand in two Test matches.

Former Aussie leg-spinner Shane Warne has predicted that the three lions will lose every single home test that they play this summer and BetVictor have that priced at 6/1.

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The Natwest T20 Blast gets underway on Friday and Pietersen’s side Surrey are priced at 8/1 to lift the trophy.

Sussex, who will be able to call upon the services of both Mahela Jayawardene and George Bailey in the competiton, are priced at 16/1 to be crowned champions.

The Championship play-off semi-finals will be completed over the course of the weekend and Middlesbrough, who take a 2-1 lead into their second leg with Brentford, are even money to reach Wembley.

In the other semi, Ipswich drew 1-1 with rivals Norwich and the Canaries and 4/6 on to come out on top in the tie.

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