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‘At the peak of his powers’: Robinson gets Gillespie’s backing for England

Former Yorkshire coach believes Sussex’s forensic wicket-taking workhorse could be a great Ashes addition for EnglandJason Gillespie was Yorkshire’s head coach when Ollie Robinson was let go by the club due to a lack of professionalism but, seven years…

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Ed Smith removed as England national selector in cricket revamp

Smith was in charge for three yearsHead coach Chris Silverwood to pick all three squadsEd Smith has been stood down as England’s national selector after three years in the role, following a restructure that ends selection by committee and hands Chris S…

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Cricket in England faces logistical headaches after India placed on ‘red list’

England’s international fixtures this summer could be affected Knock-on effects likely for World Test Championship finalCricket faces another summer of logistical headaches after India was placed on the so-called “red list” for travel to the UK – a dec…

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Ben Stokes to have surgery on broken finger and faces 12 weeks out

England allrounder injured in IPL match last weekStokes to return from India and could be out until JulyBen Stokes faces up to three months on the sidelines following news the all-rounder requires surgery on the broken finger he suffered while playing …

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Ben Stokes to have surgery on broken finger and faces 12 weeks out

England allrounder injured in IPL match last weekStokes to return from India and could be out until JulyBen Stokes faces up to three months on the sidelines following news the all-rounder requires surgery on the broken finger he suffered while playing …

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Wisden accuses English cricket of ‘raising a finger’ to BLM in 2021 edition

ECB ‘lost its nerve’ in stopping taking a knee, says editorDarren Stevens and Jason Holder among cricketers of the yearWere England’s cricketers too hasty in their decision to stop taking a knee last summer? It is a charge laid down by this year’s Wisd…

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The Spin | The Hundred must avoid any more ‘outs’ or risk falling on stumps

With a cascade of PR missteps and the tournament launching in less than 100 days, authentic endorsements still seem in short supplyThe opening round of the County Championship may have been played out in temperatures akin to those endured by the final …

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Full stream ahead: county cricket rolls out digital revolution for Championship

App and ECB hub promise free live online coverage at new levelsSome counties moving towards full broadcast qualityEnglish cricket will step up its digital revolution this summer as counties take their live match coverage to new levels and, for the firs…

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Sarah Taylor to make cricket comeback with Welsh Fire in the Hundred

Former England wicketkeeper has not played since 2019‘I genuinely had to blow dust off my cricket bag’Sarah Taylor will make her cricketing comeback in the Hundred this summer after blowing the dust off her kit bag and rediscovering her old swagger wit…

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Simon Jones: the hero of 2005 helping protect cricket’s new generation | Ali Martin

Former bowler’s injuries highlight how athletes can see their lives change in an instant, something which is driving his second careerAnyone who watched the 2005 Ashes should be able to close their eyes right now and not only picture the sight of Simon…

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Jofra Archer’s IPL hopes remain in balance after successful surgery

Bowler could return to training after two-week rehabRajasthan Royals place still hinges on elbow issue Jofra Archer could return to training in a fortnight’s time after a piece of glass from a broken fish tank was surgically removed from the middle fin…

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England set to make call on Archer’s IPL chances after fish-tank finger injury

Bowler had fragment of glass removed by surgery on MondayChris Silverwood says rotation policy ‘is best way to go’A number of England’s cricketers have now linked up with their Indian Premier League teams but it remains to be seen if Jofra Archer will …

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India take series as England fall short despite Sam Curran heroics

Third ODI: India (329) beat England (322-9) by 7 runsIndia win thriller to take series 2-1As was the case four years ago, England’s visit to India ended with series defeats in all three formats but only after a thrilling third one-day international in …

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India take series as England fall short despite Sam Curran heroics

Third ODI: India (329) beat England (322-9) by 7 runsIndia win thriller to take series 2-1As was the case four years ago, England’s visit to India ended with series defeats in all three formats but only after a thrilling third one-day international in …

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England’s Jofra Archer to have hand surgery on cut suffered cleaning house

Pace bowler could be forced to miss trip to the IPLReturn from injury may be pushed back to summerJofra Archer will have surgery on a hand injury suffered “while cleaning at his home in January” and, coupled with a recent second injection for his longs…

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Chris Woakes: ‘I felt like it was my shirt. Six months on, I haven’t played a game’ | Ali Martin

England’s man of last summer didn’t get a game all winter. Now he heads for the IPL with the Ashes on his mindIt’s the morning after the night before and 5,000 miles away from Pune, the scene of England’s collapse under lights in the first one-day inte…

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England expand tour of West Indies as reward for saving 2020 summer

England will now play three Tests and five T20Is in CarribeanWhite-ball tour in January and February with Tests in March England’s tour of the Caribbean early next year has been expanded to three Tests and five Twenty20 internationals in return for Wes…

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England collapse under lights in first ODI as India power to 66-run win

India 317-5; England 251 all out (42.1 overs)Tourists unable to capitalise on superb opening standA game of differing philosophies, impressive debuts and busy physiotherapists ended with India winning the first one-day international in Pune by 66 runs …

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Virat Kohli turns heat on England over on-field umpire influence

India captain cites celebration after low catch in fourth T20Kohli says ‘spirit of cricket’ is at stake in such situationsVirat Kohli has questioned whether England acted “in the spirit of the game” when claiming a controversial low catch during the fo…

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Ben Stokes makes his ODI return as Morgan ponders selection posers

The all-rounder has not played a 50-over game for England since the World Cup final in July 2019 but who will join him in the starting XI on Tuesday?A quirk of the pandemic, a packed schedule and England’s changing priorities is that when Ben Stokes ta…