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Brian Halford brings you all the latest cricket news and comment in his Birmingham Post CricketTalk column.

Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham

Peter Sharkey: Ashes Test match special for city with a fortune forecasted

Edgbaston Stadium and Marketing Birmingham announced that next year's Third Ashes Test could provide a boost in excess of £26 million to the local economy.

Colin Povey at Edgbaston

Warwickshire CCC first team matches plan for ex-M&B Brewery ground

The club will take ownership of the former M&B Brewery sport ground at Cape Hill in early November, which will be run as a community facility

Australia's Mitchell Johnson and England's Stuart Broad during the 2009 Ashes Test at Edgbaston

2015 Ashes test at Edgbaston 'will boost Birmingham by £26.4m'

The figure was revealed today by Marketing Birmingham with exactly nine months until the long-awaited England-Australia Test Match

The Tower in Avon Dassett, former home of John Profumo

John Profumo's incredible Warwickshire home goes on the market

The Profumo Affair saw the rural town of Avon Dassett inundated with journalists and became the latest twist in the home’s fascinating history

Cecil William Boyle: an incredible life which led him to Warwickshire

Cecil William Boyle, who only lived to the age of 48, played international rugby union for England and first-class cricket before a rather more unfortunate feat

Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott

The best Warwickshire CCC XI from the past 15 seasons

As he stands down as our cricket writer, Brian Halford picks his dream Bears XI from a decade and a half on the Edgbaston beat

England cricketer Chris Woakes and pupils from Victoria Specialist Arts College with the new Lord's Taverners minibus

Investec Wealth & Investment co-funds Lord’s Taverners minibus for Victoria Specialist Arts College

Following England’s international summer of cricket against India, T20 hero Chris Woakes unveiled the accessible minibus at Edgbaston Cricket Ground

Brindley House

Brindley House developer MCD to be liquidated

MCD Developments and subsidiaries including MCD (Brindley House) are set to appoint Chantrey Vellacott as liquidator on Thursday

Chris Woakes

Warwickshire's Chris Woakes keen to cap a great season for his team

Chris Woakes believes that winning the Royal London Cup final at Lord's would "cap a great year" for Warwickshire

Jeetan Patel

Jeetan Patel sets his sights on filling Warwickshire's trophy cabinet

For a city and an area not overly blessed with recent sporting successes, it was an occasion which will long be recalled and savoured.

Jonathan Trott of England

Jon Griffin: Why the price of fame is too much for far too many

The Jonathan Trott story is a cautionary tale of a public figure who found himself unable to carry on playing cricket for his country at a crucial moment.

Jonathan Trott

Jonathan Trott has 'no regrets' about Test Match exit

Warwickshire star now using his experience to help fellow cricketing pros deal with personal problems

Opus chef director David Colcombe

Opus chef director David Colcombe's recipes for runners tackling Great Birmingham Run

“Eating healthily and sensibly is especially important when you’re training for something like a half marathon, so I’ve created these recipes to give runners the boost they need, before and after training”

Warwickshire's Rikki Clarke

Rikki Clarke confident Warwickshire will rise to the occasion in Twenty20 Finals Day

Rikki Clarke will be a key man as the Bears, having reached their first Finals Day since 2003, strive to complete the job and lift the trophy on their home ground.

Jonathan Trott

Warwickshire batsman Jonathan Trott to speak at celebrity dinner in Birmingham

BBC Midlands Today presenter Nick Owen will lead a Q&A session at the event

Warwickshire county cricket club's Keith Barker

Warwickshire's bowling resources to be stretched

Paceman Chris Wright, spinner Paul Best and seamer Tom Milnes all ruled out of first-team contention for the rest of the campaign.

Jack Russell keeps wicket against Warwickshire at Edgbaston, before redevelopment, in 2003

Brush strokes take former England cricketer Jack Russell on a nostalgic mission

Former England wicket-keeper Jack Russell recalls his visit to Griff, as a Gloucestershire player in 1986, with great affection - even though his team was well-beaten.

Colin Povey at Edgbaston

Warwickshire CCC chief calls on ECB to release reserves

Colin Povey says help needed in county game and urges England and Wales Cricket Board to adopt a less "greedy" approach

Warwickshire head coach Dougie Brown.

Brown relishes Bears' shot at breaking T20 hoodoo

Dougie Brown is adamant the Bears are capable of winning through to the Finals Day to be held at their own Edgbaston HQ on August 23.

Indian players celebrate their win at the ICC Champions Trophy Final match against England at Edgbaston.

Plans to expand Edgbaston for two India matches mooted

Warwickshire CCC is investigating the potential of erecting a further 800 seats in a temporary structure behind the Stanley Barnes Stand after strong demand

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