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Farbrace considering Trevor Bayliss for Edgbaston team in The Hundred

• Bayliss in running to coach side in new 100-ball tournament• Australian will step down as England coach in SeptemberPaul Farbrace began life as Warwickshire’s new director of sport on Thursday but England’s recently departed assistant coach is alread…

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Duanne Olivier aborts Test career with South Africa to sign for Yorkshire

• Right-arm quick lands three-year deal as a Kolpak player• This is not good news for the global game, says Cricket SADuanne Olivier has been flying of late. In his last five Tests the South African fast bowler has taken 31 wickets at 17 runs apiece, i…

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ECB and Surrey at loggerheads over Hundred tournament blueprint

• Kia Oval in dispute after county voted against playing format• ‘We’ll continue to have discussions,’ says ECB chief HarrisonThe England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed full sign-off of playing conditions for the Hundred on Thursday. But Tom Harriso…

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Paul Farbrace to step down as England assistant coach after Caribbean tour

• Farbrace to join Warwickshire as their new sporting director• Blow for England at the start of World Cup and Ashes yearPaul Farbrace will stand down as England’s assistant coach at the end of their Caribbean tour. The 51-year-old announced on Saturda…

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Ben Stokes: ‘I didn’t take my pads off, I was just sat in my chair’

• England batsman walks off before being recalled due to no-ball• Fifth-wicket pair put on 124 runs on day one of third TestBen Stokes thanked God for technology in cricket after a bizarre reprieve in St Lucia that came despite his having already retur…

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Alzarri Joseph stands tall for West Indies despite death of his mother

The young fast bowler put in a remarkable show on a day of the darkest personal news imaginableFour golf buggies buzzed around the boundary rope during lunch on a memorable third day in Antigua, their passengers waving to all in the ground and beaming …

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PCA warns The Hundred could create ‘super-counties’ in domestic cricket

• Professional Cricketers’ Association issues warning• ‘Run the risk of game going towards eight super-counties’The Professional Cricketers’ Association has warned that The Hundred could lead to the creation of super-counties and compromise the integri…

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Stuart Broad takes hat-trick in England warm-up but Olly Stone’s tour over

• England 317-10; West Indies President’s XI 131-11 (tea)• Scan reveals Stone suffered stress fracture in lower backA second sleepy day of warm-up cricket at the Three Ws Oval in Bridgetown suddenly burst into life on the stroke of tea when Stuart Broa…

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Joe Root finds touch in England warm-up but Jonny Bairstow fails at No 3

• England 317-10 v President’s XI• Captain Root scores 87, Ben Stokes hits half centuryAt the leafy and sedate Three Ws Oval in Bridgetown, England’s cricketers blew off the cobwebs from a near two-month international break with the first hit of their …

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Ashley Giles the disciplinarian demands tough cricket from England

• Director of cricket wants teams to play hard and be respected• Giles has removed Clarke and Kohler-Cadmore from Lions tourAshley Giles wants England to play hard on the field but also be the most respected team in the world, having already demonstrat…

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Pair out of England Lions tour over Alex Hepburn trial revelations

• Joe Clarke and Tom Kohler-Cadmore dropped from India party• ECB responds after details emerged about Whatsapp groupJoe Clarke and Tom Kohler-Cadmore, two promising young batsmen, have been stood down from the England Lions tour to India that departs …

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ICC offers amnesty for Sri Lankans to report match-fixing approaches

• Sri Lanka considered most corrupt country in world cricket • Anti-corruption unit head talks of ‘very specific challenges’The International Cricket Council has announced an unprecedented 15-day amnesty for anyone who has failed to report a corrupt ap…

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Eoin Morgan: England will look at ‘exciting’ Jofra Archer when he is eligible

• Sussex fast bowler will qualify for squad under new rules• Morgan backs Archer’s potentialEoin Morgan has offered a strong endorsement of Jofra Archer’s international potential amid a more encouraging appraisal of the fast bowler’s World Cup chances….

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England’s rising star Sam Curran becomes an IPL King for £800,000

• All-rounder joins Kings XI Punjab at auction• Curran one of five English IPL newcomersSam Curran emerged as the big winner from the English hopefuls in Tuesday’s Indian Premier League auction, capping his meteoric rise in international cricket this y…

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Ashley Giles set to be named as England’s new director of cricket

Giles has been offered role as Andrew Strauss’s successorWarks director of sport expected to be appointed within daysAshley Giles is poised to be named as the new director of England cricket, with the former spinner understood to have been offered the …

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England’s Sam Curran set for high price at IPL cricket auction

• Eoin Morgan and Joe Root not among 18 English players• 2019 World Cup reduces time available to play in IPLSam Curran has been confirmed as one of 18 English players who will feature in next week’s Indian Premier League auction, with the Surrey all-r…

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England’s Ed Smith does not rule out Jofra Archer for World Cup

Joe Denly handed reprieve for West Indies Test seriesOllie Stone left out of ODI squad for Caribbean tripEd Smith declined to rule out the possibility of Jofra Archer entering England’s World Cup thoughts next summer despite the fast bowler’s impending…

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Ben Stokes and Alex Hales to find out if they face further punishment over fight

• Cricket discipline commission hearing begins on Wednesday • Players face two ECB charges of bringing game into disrepute After 14 months of what has at times felt like glacial progress, English cricket is finally approaching closure over Ben Stokes, …

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Jofra Archer available for England in January after ECB changes rules

• In demand fast bowler could play on West Indies tour• ECB signs off playing regulations for 100-ball competitionJofra Archer, the highly-rated Sussex fast bowler who was born in Barbados but holds a British passport, will be available to play for Eng…

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The Spin | A skinful of Ian Botham fills Derek Pringle’s excellent grog-filled memoir

Former England Test bowler’s eye-popping and hilarious account of cricket in the 80s is as doused as a sherry trifleThe Spin this week is a book review of sorts but one that coincides with an anniversary too, being as it is a year to the day since Engl…