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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…

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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…

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Jimmy Anderson has Sri Lankan tour with England on mind – not retirement

• Fast bowler admits career end may be as swift as McGrath’s• Record wicket taker has no interest in winding down nowJimmy Anderson has admitted that thoughts of retirement could hit him out of the blue, as he believes happened to Glenn McGrath when th…

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Joe Root tells Alastair Cook to end England career with final century

• Captain says fitting end against India ‘might be written in stars’• Cook says he never intended Pietersen exile to be permanentJoe Root believes one last century from Alastair Cook at the Oval this week could be “written in the stars” as England look…

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Alastair Cook ready for England ‘mourning period’ but rules out return

• Retiring opener insists he will not be tempted back to Tests• Cook: ‘It’s final – I’ve done my bit for England’Alastair Cook expects to enter a period of mourning once his Test career comes to an end at the Oval but the opener has already ruled out b…

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Sam Curran draws IPL interest after England heroics against India

• Royal Challengers Bangalore among teams linked to Curran• All-rounder’s decision may depend on World Cup prospectsSam Curran’s stunning emergence for England this summer has attracted a raft of interest among the Indian Premier League’s cash-rich tea…

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Alastair Cook retires from England duty, saying ‘there is nothing left in the tank’

• England’s record run-scorer to stand down at 33 after 161 Tests• Cook will play fifth Test against India and continue for EssexAlastair Cook has called time on his record-breaking England career and will bow out at the end of the fifth Test with Indi…

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The Martin Plan: how Test cricket can rediscover its mainstream mojo

We need to make the Lord’s Test a midsummer festival of cricket for everyone, seen by the greatest number possible. And that means getting it on terrestrial TVOn the Friday before England’s defeat at Trent Bridge the BBC staged a smiley and slapstick T…

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Joe Root to polish T20 skills in Big Bash stint for Sydney Thunder

• Root to squeeze in T20 between England’s winter tours• Test captain feared being left behind in T20 formatJoe Root has secured the Twenty20 experience he has long been craving. He and Jos Buttler are to play for Sydney Thunder in Australia’s Big Bash…

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England’s Ben Stokes and Alex Hales still on good terms after court claims

• Stokes’s lawyer had raised Hales’s role in Bristol brawl at trial• England to assess all-rounder’s fitness before third India TestBen Stokes and Alex Hales face a protracted wait to learn if they face any cricketing sanctions but there is understood …

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Firestarter Stokes has long walked a line between brilliant and bolshy | Ali Martin

Ben Stokes, acquitted of affray, will look to take his England career back to the heights of centuries and devastating bowling“The Hit Man. Don’t mess with Ben Stokes – he’s fast and furious”. So trumpeted the front page of the Times magazine on Saturd…

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MCC panel explores idea of introducing a ‘shot clock’ to speed up cricket

• Over rates in Tests at slowest for 11 years• Proposed solution would involve a time limitThe MCC World Cricket Committee has floated the idea of introducing a “shot clock” to the sport that would cut down the amount of time wasted between balls and o…

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Trevor Bayliss calls on England players to step up in Ben Stokes’s absence

• Stokes to miss second Test to attend trial• Chris Woakes returns from injury for EnglandTrevor Bayliss, the England head coach, has called on his players to “pick up the slack” at Lord’s this week as Ben Stokes, one of their match-winners from the th…

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Jos Buttler’s star continues to rise with promotion to Test vice-captaincy

• England opt to replace Jimmy Anderson for India series• Joe Root hoping to tap into ODI success in longer formatAt the start of the summer Jos Buttler was plying his trade in the Indian Premier League and one of England’s most gifted batsmen appeared…

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Adil Rashid will cope with England call-up row, insists Alastair Cook

• Former captain backs ‘improved’ spinner against India• ‘I think we’ve got to look at the positives of it,’ he addsAlastair Cook knows a thing or two about mental fortitude and has tipped Adil Rashid to block out the furore surrounding his controversi…