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

Birmingham’s 1st City Battalion, aka the Birmingham Pals, in 1915

Website paints best picture yet of Birmingham's 'Pals'

Three ‘Pals’ battalions were raised in Birmingham, as young men flocked to sign up in 1914 during the fervour to serve king and country

Ateeq Javid

Ateeq Javid ready to go again after winter of learning

South Africa stint helps prospect build upon great Bears season

Brian Halford and his book The Real Jeeves

Brian Halford's book The Real Jeeves shortlisted for MCC/Cricket Society award

Birmingham Post cricket writer's account of Warwickshire player killed in the Battle Of The Somme in frame for Cricket Society and MCC Book of the Year award.

Tim Ambrose of Warwickshire

Flying start is the aim for Bears – Tim Ambrose

Full-strength line-up in good shape for another tilt at title

Tim Ambrose

Tim Ambrose a key man in Bears' strategy

Experienced keeper/batsman Tim Ambrose is set to feature in all formats

Edgbaston from new the Pavilion stand.

Absurd decision is just not cricket for Saturday fans

County cricket is being increasingly marginalised in the rush to promote the international cricket calendar

Boyd Rankin

Boyd Rankin eager for another Test after Ashes woe

Warwickshire Bears paceman has 'unfinished business' following debut misery

Ian Bell

Ian Bell: We can rise from the Ashes again this summer

Bears ace confident new-look England can get back on track

Varun Chopra.

Dougie Brown facing dilemma over who will lead Warwickshire

Warwickshire are still mulling over who will captain the team into the new season as Jim Troughton continues his recovery from a back operation.

Ian Bell

Bell’s eager to seize his unexpected T20 chance

Warwickshire batsman Ian Bell flew out to join up with England’s squad in the Caribbean this week ready to chase a surprise chance to force his way into contention for the Twenty20 World Cup in Bangladesh later this month.

Jonathan Trott

Trott will be back for his county and country

Dennis Amiss insists Jonathan Trott still has hunger to be winner again

Warwickshire bowler Chris Wright

Chris Wright sets his sights on title tilt with Bears

Chris Wright has no qualms about his main aim for 2014 – to help Warwickshire bring the county championship title back to Edgbaston.

Warwickshire head coach Dougie Brown.

Bears boss reflects on challenging 12 months

Dougie Brown is confident his team are now back on the right track.

Warwickshire CCC commercial director Gareth Roberts with Kukri GB sales director Scott Gamble

Warwickshire CCC agrees partnership deal

Kukri to be the official kit supplier to the Bears up to and including the 2016 season

Darren Gough

Former England cricketer tipped to run as Midland MP

Darren Gough, who found new fame by winning TV’s Strictly Come Dancing, is being touted as a possible Conservative candidate for the 2015 election

England's captain Alastair Cook (left) trudges off after yet another cheap dismissal during a disastrous Ashes tour.

Do not lay blame for Ashes flop at doors of counties

Shaking up domestic game yet again will not solve England's ills.

Alan Richardson called time on his playing career after four seasons at Worcestershire

Alan Richardson delighted to be on familiar ground as he begins cricket coaching career

Warwickshire's new bowling coach can't wait to start work with club's talented roster of seamers

Chris Woakes trains with the England ODI squad in Perth

Woakes looking forward to match action after clocking up the air miles

Warwickshire all-rounder off to Sri Lanka with Lions after being unused in England in Australia

Tony Frost

Coaching rejig sees batsmen get a touch of Frost

Director of cricket Dougie Brown has rejigged the coaching set-up at Warwickshire to enable batting coach Tony Frost to spend more time with the specialist batsmen.

Edgbaston missed out on the Ashes Test series in 2013 and will not stage a Test match in 2014.

Warwickshire CCC's retained loss of £2.4m despite turnover increase

Cricket club reports profit of £4,500 as sponsorship revenue falls and it misses out on Test matches

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