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Moeen Ali’s Test break to continue with absence from England squad for South Africa

• All-rounder met Joe Root and England management this week• Moeen set to play in Pakistan Super League next yearMoeen Ali is expected to continue his break from Test cricket despite talks with Joe Root and the England management this week.Ed Smith, th…

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New Zealand v England: Test series player ratings

Joe Root and Chris Woakes impressed for England, while Dom Sibley and Zak Crawley had tough baptismsDom Sibley 3 A tough baptism for the new opener, who clipped his first ball in Test cricket for four but made just 38 runs across three innings and twic…

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Commentator Ian Smith: ‘That final at Lord’s will never leave me’

New Zealander delivered the right words even as his compatriots lost to England in the Cricket World Cup finalNearly four months have passed since England and New Zealand served up that World Cup final but for Ian Smith, the Kiwi commentator who called…

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Kane Williamson out of T20 series against England with hip problem

• New Zealand captain ruled out of five-match series • No return date given, with Tim Southee to captain sideKane Williamson’s reunion with England has been delayed after the New Zealand captain was ruled out of the Twenty20 series with a hip problem.W…

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England appoint Jeetan Patel as spin-bowling coach for New Zealand tour

• Warwickshire captain was capped 78 times by New Zealand• Saqlain Mushtaq’s coaching deal not being renewedEngland’s spinners will be able to draw on local knowledge in New Zealand after Jeetan Patel, the former international who captains Warwickshire…

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Chris Silverwood’s England brief is to reinvent Root as batsman and captain

• We want a coach to give Joe more support, says Giles• Team culture also an issue as England player profiles riseIt caused restless nights in the lead-up to the appointment, but Ashley Giles is pleased to have broken the cycle of England head coaches …

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Chris Silverwood’s England brief is to reinvent Root as batsman and captain

• We want a coach to give Joe more support, says Giles• Team culture also an issue as England player profiles riseIt caused restless nights in the lead-up to the appointment, but Ashley Giles is pleased to have broken the cycle of England head coaches …

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England coach Chris Silverwood wants Test team to get the basics right

• Chris Silverwood focuses on regaining Ashes in 2021• Midnight curfew for England players to remain in placeChris Silverwood preached a return to the old-fashioned values of batting time and relentlessness with the ball as the new England men’s coach …

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Chris Silverwood confirmed as England’s new head coach

• 44-year-old hailed as ‘standout candidate’ by ECB• Silverwood’s first assignment is tour of New ZealandChris Silverwood was hailed as the standout candidate with an intimate knowledge of English cricket after being appointed as head coach of the men’…

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England expected to name Chris Silverwood as new head coach

• Former Yorkshire bowler likely to replace Trevor Bayliss• England could unveil Silverwood on MondayEngland are poised to name their new head coach for the men’s national team, with Chris Silverwood widely expected to emerge as the successful candidat…

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Gary Kirsten to meet with ECB to discuss England head coach position

• South African, 51, has emerged as leading candidate • Kirsten led South Africa and India to No 1 in Test rankingsGary Kirsten will meet with the England and Wales Cricket Board on Wednesday to outline his vision for the men’s national team and its va…

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Ben Stokes backs Jofra Archer to help England regain Ashes in Australia

• ‘I don’t think I’ve seen a more talented bowler,’ says Stokes• Archer hit 96mph and took 22 wickets in his first four TestsBen Stokes believes Jofra Archer to be the most talented fast bowler he has seen and one who can help regain the Ashes in Austr…

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Stuart Broad warns Steve Smith of brutal return in fourth Ashes Test

• ‘Jofra Archer will be in Joe Root’s ear when Smith comes in’ • Archer eager for round two with Australia’s top batsmanSteve Smith has been told to expect a brutal return to the Test arena on Wednesday with Jofra Archer said to be eager for round two …

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Ben Stokes’s miracle Headingley knock sets Test record for Sky

• Broadcaster registers peak of 2.1 million UK viewers• Channel 5’s one-hour highlights package attracts 2 millionBen Stokes and the miracle of Headingley resulted in Sky’s highest audience for a day of live Test cricket, with a peak of 2.1 million UK …

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Tim Paine insists Australia will put Headingley hurt behind them

• Captain refuses to criticise umpire after England’s dramatic win• ‘We finished on the wrong side but that was bloody exciting’Tim Paine urged his Australia players to move on from the crushing nature of their defeat in the third Test.Having been flay…

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Jason Roy’s future lies in batting down the order, says Trevor Bayliss

• Surrey man has struggled as opener in Ashes series• ‘He’s doing a job for the team at the moment’Trevor Bayliss is not known to be an Eric Morecambe fan but when asked about England’s lineup for the third Ashes Test, the coach essentially claimed the…

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Ben Stokes warns Australia to expect more hostility from Jofra Archer

• ‘It’s a big part of Jofra’s game … he’s a frightening talent’• Steve Smith doubtful for third Test after being hit by quickBen Stokes has warned there will be no let-up from Jofra Archer in the remainder of the Ashes series – much as with Australia’s…

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England’s schedule could allow players to play full IPL season

• Participation in entire seven-week league is possible• Players have in the past had to return for home internationalsEngland’s cricketers look set to be granted full availability for next year’s Indian Premier League – a first since the tournament’s …

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Andrew Strauss has Hundred reasons for concern over English coaches

• Former director expresses fears at overseas appointments• Shane Warne and Gary Kirsten among coaches already hiredAndrew Strauss has expressed concerns over a lack of English head coaches in the Hundred, fearing it could have a knock-on effect for th…

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Jimmy Anderson out of second Ashes Test and doubtful for rest of series

England confirm bowler’s absence due to calf injuryAnderson also effectively out of third Test at HeadingleyJimmy Anderson has been officially ruled out of next week’s second Ashes Test at Lord’s as fears grow over his chances of featuring again in the…