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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…

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England Test players made available for The Hundred after U-turn

• ECB intended to use leading players only for marketing• Hundred playing conditions to be ratified next weekEngland’s Test cricketers are set to be made available for the knockout stage of the new 100-ball tournament, the playing conditions for which …

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England Test players made available for The Hundred after U-turn

• ECB intended to use leading players only for marketing• Hundred playing conditions to be ratified next weekEngland’s Test cricketers are set to be made available for the knockout stage of the new 100-ball tournament, the playing conditions for which …

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ECB to develop 2,000-strong female coaching network in British Asian communities

• £1.2m funding secured to build network over four years• ECB to address grassroots shortfall of female role modelsSix months after unveiling its ambitious South Asian Engagement Plan, the England and Wales Cricket Board has secured £1.2m of lottery fu…

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The Spin | Jack Leach and Ajaz Patel show left-arm spin is alive and well in cricket

Both may be new to the Test scene but still bowled England and New Zealand, respectively, to famous away wins, timely entrances given Rangana Herath’s retirementRangana Herath did not want to end his Test career with a defeat in Galle but in the early …

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England players among top cricketers in new ‘spot-fixing’ claims

• Al-Jazeera alleges 26 scams in 15 international matches • England players ‘batted to order’ in seven of them, it is claimedAn al-Jazeera documentary has claimed that 15 international cricket matches in 2011 and 2012 were the subject of 26 spot-fixing…

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Clare Connor and Nathan Leamon may vie to be ECB’s director of cricket

• Head of women’s game and lead analyst have impressed• Andrew Strauss to assist in search for his successorThe search for the new director of England cricket officially starts on Friday with Clare Connor, head of the women’s game, and Nathan Leamon, t…

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Joe Denly: ‘I went missing for a few years. I had to start enjoying it again’

The Kent batsman talks about playing his way back to form and into England’s plans for the first time in nearly a decadeJoe Denly experienced an eight?year gap between the last of 14 white-ball caps and his recent call-up for England’s Test tour to Sri…

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England turn to Olly Stone to bolster pace ranks for Sri Lanka ODI tour

• Uncapped Warwickshire fast bowler comes in for Liam Plunkett• Sam and Tom Curran included as Mark Wood returnsThe pace of Olly Stone is set to be unleashed on Sri Lanka’s batsmen after England handed Warwickshire’s fast but fragile right-armer a call…

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Ben Stokes and Alex Hales charged with bringing cricket into disrepute

• England pair to face two-day London hearing in early December• Both men charged with two counts for September 2017 brawlBen Stokes and Alex Hales have both been charged with two counts of bringing the game into disrepute and face a two-day cricket di…

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Moeen Ali did not want England to pursue ‘Osama’ claims, says Bayliss

• ‘He didn’t want it to go any further,’ says coach of 2015 incident• Cricket Australia investigating claim against unnamed playerMoeen Ali talked his England teammates out of pursuing an official complaint against the Australian cricketer who allegedl…

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The Hundred’s pilot matches put cricket’s brave new world on trial

Trial matches involving male and female players will try to determine if cricket’s new format is up to scratchAway from the life-affirming afterglow of England’s gripping Test series with India, Surrey’s first county title in 16 years and another packe…

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England to reward Jos Buttler and Sam Curran with central contracts

• Duo played key roles in England’s series win against India• Test deal for Adil Rashid more uncertain after sparing useJos Buttler and Sam Curran are in line to receive Test central contacts from England at the end of the month after proving instrumen…

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Keaton Jennings should be nervous about Sri Lanka place, says Bayliss

• Coach: ‘I can’t say at this stage whether he will go or not’• England will consider resting a senior seamer for Sri Lanka tourTrevor Bayliss has declined to offer Keaton Jennings any assurances over his place on England’s winter tour to Sri Lanka fol…