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Essex’s Jamie Porter: ‘Vernon Philander is unreal … I can be more successful’

The effervescent Essex seamer Jamie Porter has just been named one of Wisden’s five cricketers of the year. Not that he was lacking in confidence before that…“We are only looking at one thing and that is how we win the Championship again,” says Jamie…

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County Championship 2018: Divisions One and Two team-by-team guide

Lancashire have recruited well and should prosper, Essex and Surrey may run them close while Sussex and Jason Gillespie are favoured to find their way out of Division Two Continue reading…

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Wisden names three female World Cup winners in its five cricketers of 2017

• England’s Knight, Shrubsole and Sciver take the honours• Essex’s Jamie Porter and Shai Hope of West Indies make up quintetA hat-trick of World Cup winners sees women make up the majority of Wisden’s cricketers of the year for the first time in the aw…

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David Willey’s late IPL departure delivers another blow to Yorkshire

• England all-rounder joins Chennai Super Kings as injury replacement• Yorkshire call for cut-off point on such signingsYorkshire have bemoaned “an impossible situation” and demanded the introduction of a cut-off point for Indian Premier League deals a…

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Eoin Morgan hopes ball-tampering bans have restated cricket’s values

• England limited-overs captain backs Australia’s hardline response• ‘Australia have shown how serious the mistake was’Eoin Morgan, England’s limited-overs captain, believes cricket’s reputation has been hurt by the ball-tampering scandal but hopes the…

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Cricket scandal’s ripple effect gives Alex Hales his IPL chance at last | Ali Martin

‘It’s amazing how quickly things can change in cricket,’ says Sunrisers Hyderabad’s late pick-up for the 2018 IPLWhen Cameron Bancroft took sandpaper to the ball on the third day in Cape Town, it was not just the spark for a funeral pyre that a seeming…

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Smith and Warner banned for a year by Cricket Australia for ball tampering

• Cameron Bancroft banned nine months and all three sent home• Statement reveals that sandpaper not tape was used in Test matchSteve Smith and David Warner have been banned from representing their country for a year – with nine months for Cameron Bancr…

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Steve Smith set to lose Australia captaincy and could face year-long ban

• Smith loses captaincy of IPL side after ball-tampering scandal• Senior bowlers ‘upset by association with leadership group’Steve Smith looks set to be permanently stripped of the Australian captaincy and could face a ban of up to a year from represen…

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Virat Kohli may join Surrey to tune up for India’s Test series in England

• County confirm interest in signing cricket’s biggest name• Kohli keen to tune up for English conditions before August TestSurrey have confirmed their interest in signing Virat Kohli on a possible short-term deal before India’s Test series in England …

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‘It’s just total panic’: Matt Prior on the anatomy of a batting collapse

After England slumped to 58 all out against New Zealand, their former wicket-keeper recalls the 2009 evisceration at the hands of West Indies and explains how the team can respondIf there is any hope to be found from a howling collapse of 58 all out in…

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‘It’s just total panic’: Matt Prior on the anatomy of a batting collapse

After England slumped to 58 all out against New Zealand, their former wicket-keeper recalls the 2009 evisceration at the hands of West Indies and explains how the team can respondIf there is any hope to be found from a howling collapse of 58 all out in…

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England’s Stuart Broad has ‘feeling my career is about to take off a bit’

• Bowler one short of 400 Test wickets before series in New Zealand• Self-tuition helps the 31-year-old solve problems with actionStuart Broad believes his England Test career is set for another trademark surge of wickets after a back-to-basics spell o…

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England call up Jack Leach to replace Mason Crane for New Zealand series

Crane ruled out of two-Test series with signs of a stress fractureAnderson says Stuart Broad has been stung by new-ball demotionJack Leach, the Somerset left-armer, has earned his first senior England call-up after Mason Crane was ruled out of the upco…

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ECB’s standards are unacceptable, says director Andy Nash in resignation letter

• ‘I can’t allow myself to continue to be associated with it’• He believes ECB is promoting eight counties above othersThe England and Wales Cricket Board and its chairman, Colin Graves, have been accused of an unacceptable standard of corporate govern…

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Cricketers’ union endorses ICC move to regulate Twenty20 leagues

• ‘Structural change’ needed for Test cricket to thrive, says Fica chief• ‘If there is no regulation, everything will move to the leagues’Fica, the collective union for cricketers worldwide, has welcomed a global push to introduce greater regulation fo…

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Hales and Rashid heighten existential angst around cricket’s future | The Spin

England players’ decisions to play white ball-only county cricket has led to unease about where the sport is headingAfter serving Worcestershire with distinction for 16 seasons and helping the club to three County Championship titles, Ron Headley decid…

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Alex Hales second England player after Rashid to opt for white-ball only

• Opener agrees two-year deal to play for Nottinghamshire• Decision follows announcement this week from Adil RashidAlex Hales has become the second England player in a week to sign white-ball only terms with his county and has followed Adil Rashid into…

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Hampshire plan app for requesting replays and ordering drinks after Ashes snub

• Rod Bransgrove hopes technology can tempt Tests to Ageas Bowl• ‘We will be pulling out all the stops and intend to lead the way’Rod Bransgrove remains undeterred in his dream of watching an Ashes Test at his beloved Ageas Bowl, with the Hampshire cha…

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Trent Bridge misses out on 2023 Ashes but bags one-day finals

• ECB announces venues for internationals and T20 franchises• Nottinghamshire gets four Tests in five years from 2020 to 2024Colin Graves, chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board, opted to leave the room when the host venues for major matches w…

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Salman Butt may be punished for playing in unsanctioned T20 league

• ICC looking into match-fixing claims at Ajman All Stars T20 League• Butt not implicated in wrongdoing but may face official cricket banSalman Butt, the disgraced former Pakistan captain, could face a possible punishment after taking part in the unsan…