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England give pace bowler Jofra Archer the nod for World Cup squad

• Sussex star did not qualify to represent England until March• Joe Denly and David Willey set to miss outJofra Archer will see his remarkable cricketing rise capped off by a place in England’s World Cup squad, with David Willey set to be the unlucky s…

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Moeen Ali: ‘What has happened to us? There’s so much hate in the world’ | Ali Martin

All-rounder is wary of social media but proud of his Birmingham roots, as he prepares for a World Cup and Ashes summerIt’s a woefully wet Wednesday in south Birmingham but, in the shelter of Edgbaston’s cavernous indoor school, Moeen Ali is working on …

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David Willey and Tom Curran fight for England’s last World Cup spot

England’s bowlers brace themselves for bad news as Ed Smith gets ready to decide final 15England will reveal their final World Cup squad at Lord’s on Tuesday morning and for one of the 16 players deployed so far against Pakistan – a series they lead 3-…

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David Willey and Tom Curran fight for England’s last World Cup spot

England’s bowlers brace themselves for bad news as Ed Smith gets ready to decide final 15England will reveal their final World Cup squad at Lord’s on Tuesday morning and for one of the 16 players deployed so far against Pakistan – a series they lead 3-…

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England’s Mark Wood looks to make World Cup claim against Pakistan

• Fast bowler has not played since West Indies winter tour • Wood: ‘It looks like one bowler will miss out for World Cup’Trent Bridge has been a torture chamber for bowlers in recent times but it is here, in the fourth ODI against Pakistan, that Englan…

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England’s Eoin Morgan banned for fourth ODI because of slow over-rate

• England captain suspended for slow over-rate in third ODI• Bairstow reprimanded for hitting stumps after dismissal Eoin Morgan is set to hand over the England captaincy to Jos Buttler for Friday’s fourth one-day international against Pakistan in Nott…

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Joe Root urges selectors to consider more than runs after Tests ball switch

• New county ball will not be used in favour of 2018 Dukes ball• Captain wary high domestic returns alone could be misleadingJoe Root has warned England’s selectors they must look beyond the runs column when choosing their Ashes top order this summer f…

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Nottinghamshire confirm Alex Hales will return on Friday after drug ban

• Opening batsman set to feature against Durham• Hales was removed from England’s provisional World Cup squadAlex Hales will return to cricket with Nottinghamshire on Friday for the first steps of what his club have called “a long road back” to redempt…

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Eoin Morgan and Trevor Bayliss endorsed decision to exclude Alex Hales

• Hales lacked support from staff and senior players• Opener could return for Nottinghamshire in cup gameEngland have privately maintained that the decision to remove Alex Hales from their World Cup squad was endorsed by Eoin Morgan, Trevor Bayliss and…

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County season ushers in the mother of all English cricketing summers

For a month, at least, the domestic game commands the spotlight before the World Cup and Ashes arriveWith a bit of meteorological luck there could be 78 county cricketers gambolling out into the spring air at 11am on Friday morning; 11 fielders and two…

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County Championship 2019: Divisions One and Two team-by-team guide

Somerset and Surrey look best equipped to battle for the title while Division Two features an intriguing race to make the top three promotion places Continue reading…

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Yorkshire’s Andrew Gale: ‘Duanne Olivier is a wicket taker at 90mph’

The coach has not always been a fan of Kolpak players but believes the South African pace man can make a differenceAndrew Gale, Yorkshire’s first-team coach, has described the winter signing of Duanne Olivier on a Kolpak deal as a one-off that will giv…

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Shane Warne in the running for Hundred coaching role at Southampton

• Warne has coached Rajasthan Royals in Indian Premier League• Gillespie, Kirsten and Lehmann linked with jobs in new tournamentShane Warne has emerged as a leading candidate to coach the Southampton-based team in The Hundred.The new 100-ball tournamen…

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MCC in U-turn over Ravi Ashwin’s controversial ‘Mankad’ run-out

• MCC now says Jos Buttler run-out was against spirit of game• Spinner’s pause deemed too long in IPL incidentRavi Ashwin’s controversial “Mankad” dismissal of Jos Buttler has been described as contrary to “the spirit of the game” by MCC, just 24 hours…

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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 …