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County cricket may return in August with small socially distanced crowds

Plans afoot for reduced County Championship and T20 Blast ECB says fans may be allowed with season running into OctoberHopes for an English county season being staged this summer are on the rise despite the announcement on Thursday that no domestic pro…

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Eoin Morgan scotches talk of imminent England return for Alex Hales

One-day captain reiterates disappointment in HalesMorgan says recreational drug ban broke team trustAlex Hales looks set to remain frozen out of England’s one-day setup for some time yet after Eoin Morgan scotched talk of an imminent comeback and …

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West Indies back in training with board expected to approve England tour

Cricket West Indies board to green light 25-man squadTour will begin with fortnight of quarantine at Old TraffordWest Indies have followed England with a return to training before the expected sign-off on Thursday for their upcoming three-match Test to…

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Chris Woakes says England players would welcome back Alex Hales

Batsman was dropped for drug offence before World Cup winEoin Morgan may name expanded squad for congested summerAlex Hales would have the backing of the England dressing room in the event of a surprise recall this summer, according to Chris Woakes.Woa…

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Australia could visit England for white-ball series in September

Tour would mean whole international summer salvagedODIs and T20 fixtures had been scheduled for JulyEngland could yet to able to stage their entire men’s international schedule during this coronavirus-affected summer following more positive noises from…

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England cricket call up 18 bowlers as preparation for Tests in July

Amar Virdi and Ollie Robinson join established internationalsBatsmen and keepers due to begin sessions on 1 JuneAmar Virdi, Surrey’s title-winning off-spinner, and the promising Sussex seamer Ollie Robinson are among the 18 bowlers who will begin indiv…

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England cricket call up 18 bowlers as preparation for Tests in July

Amar Virdi and Ollie Robinson join established internationalsBatsmen and keepers due to begin sessions on 1 JuneAmar Virdi, Surrey’s title-winning off-spinner, and the promising Sussex seamer Ollie Robinson are among the 18 bowlers who will begin indiv…

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England face soaring costs to get West Indies series started

Private flights alone likely to cost £400,000West Indies need 30 players for seven-week tourEngland face a mounting bill to get the Test series against West Indies under way in July, with the need to charter private flights for the tourists and cover t…

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Ashley Giles confident England training will be safer than going to supermarket

England cricket chief unveils first phase of returnThirty players to be involved in one-to-one sessionsAshley Giles is confident Test cricket will take place this summer as a pool of 30 England players prepare to resume training in conditions he believ…

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England players set to make return to training as hope grows for Tests

ECB hopes to prepare players for home-based TestsWest Indies likely to send strong team for first part of summerEngland’s cricketers are poised to make a return to training, either in pairs or with a designated coach, amid growing optimism that interna…

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West Indies allow players to opt out of summer Test series in England

First Test could start 8 July behind closed doorsBoards, coaches and captains have held talksWest Indies will give their players the option to miss this summer’s tour of England as the two boards work towards staging a rearranged Test series under bio-…

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Ian Watmore cleared to become ECB chairman after review of EFL conduct

Watmore will replace Colin Graves at end of AugustECB carried out ‘confidential review’ of his brief time at EFLColin Graves will step down as chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board on 31 August, allowing Ian Watmore to take over after he was …

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ECB announces launch of the Hundred will be pushed back until 2021

New tournament delayed by the coronavirus pandemicInternationals and T20 Blast prioritised in shorter seasonThe launch of the Hundred has been officially pushed back to 2021 after the England and Wales Cricket Board accepted that social distancing, tra…

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David Warner hints Australia won’t risk England trip for one-day series

Australia due for three ODIs and three T20s in JulyECB set to announce delaying the Hundred until 2021David Warner has poured cold water on the prospect of Australia touring the UK this summer, giving the England and Wales Cricket Board a fresh headach…

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ECB advised to allow private investment to boost the Hundred

Consultancy group urges board to sell stakes in franchisesECB told to consider opening up to Indian marketThe England and Wales Cricket Board has been urged to open up the Hundred to private investment – including equity stakes for counties and even In…

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ECB delays start of cricket season again but defers decision on the Hundred

ECB confirms there will be no professional matches before 1 JulyWest Indies series slated for June to be rescheduledThe England and Wales Cricket Board has been forced to issue a further delay to the start of the season but a decision over whether to m…

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World Test Championship final hinges on England playing this summer

WTC qualifiers need to have completed six Test series‘If England fall three series behind, it’s done’The prospect of the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) final taking place in 2021 will hinge on whether England can salvage a cricket season this …

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ECB set to ratify further season delay and discuss Hundred postponement

Thursday board meeting will push season back againGrowing acceptance Hundred launch cannot take placeThe England and Wales Cricket Board is set to ratify a further delay to the start of the season and discuss the Hundred’s seemingly inevitable postpone…

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Cricket beats anti-fixing drum as game stands silent and vulnerable | Ali Martin

A sport that sits dormant is at risk to the threat of criminals hoping to make up for lost income when play resumesThe break in play caused by coronavirus might appear a curious time for the International Cricket Council to be reminding players of thei…

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Cricket match-fixers actively targeting players during lockdown

ICC warns players to be extra vigilant during suspensionCriminals exploiting pandemic to build relationshipsPlayers around the world have been warned to remain vigilant of approaches from match-fixers despite coronavirus having put the sport on hold.Th…