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Bayliss backs Morgan to remain England captain after World Cup triumph

• Head coach trusts captain for T20 World Cup next year• ‘The rest of the boys try and run through a brick wall for him’Eoin Morgan has been backed to remain as England captain for the foreseeable future after masterminding the World Cup victory that h…

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England aim to inspire youth in manner of 2005 Ashes – and share £3.2m prize

• Most of squad were teenagers when England regained the urn• Paul Collingwood hoping to end run as only major trophy winnerEngland’s cricketers will share £3.2m if they emerge victorious from Sunday’s World Cup final against New Zealand. But for Trevo…

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England are back to their best, says Eoin Morgan before Australia semi-final

• ‘If we don’t give it everything, we’ll be disappointed’• Australia’s Aaron Finch backs Glenn Maxwell to keep placeEoin Morgan believes England are back to their old selves and ready to deliver their best cricket under high?stakes pressure as they bid…

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England the ‘benchmark’ in one-day cricket, says Australia’s Justin Langer

• Coach Langer: ‘England are going to be really hard to beat’• Australia’s Peter Handscomb in for World Cup semi-finalJustin Langer, the Australia head coach, has lavished England with praise before their World Cup semi-final, describing them as the “b…

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Liam Plunkett wants Cricket World Cup final on free-to-air television

• England bowler wants ‘as many people to watch it as possible’• Sky viewing figures dwarfed by Women’s football World CupLiam Plunkett has thrown his support behind the idea of the Cricket World Cup final being screened on a free-to-air platform, sayi…

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MCC urges members to buy tickets for Pakistan-Bangladesh World Cup match

• Only half of pavilion tickets sold for Friday’s group stage game• Empty seats ‘risk damaging the club’s global reputation’MCC members have received a panicked email imploring them to buy tickets for Bangladesh versus Pakistan at Lord’s or risk damagi…

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Chris Woakes and Liam Plunkett delivered at right time for England

Most of the plaudits following the win over India went to batsmen, but dependable duo weighed in with crucial wicketsIt’s a case of one down, one to go in England’s pair of quasi-World Cup quarter-finals. Having restored confidence with a muscle-flexin…

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Jos Buttler admits England’s players have been frustrated by their form

• ‘Everyone has been really behind the team,’ says wicketkeeper• Jonny Bairstow receives ticking off for his commentsEngland’s one-day rebirth began at Edgbaston four years ago with a Jos Buttler-inspired avalanche of runs against New Zealand. And it i…

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Eoin Morgan’s six-hitting spree has got England buzzing, says Joe Root

• Batsman unsurprised by Morgan’s 17 sixes against Afghanistan• ‘It gives the dressing room a huge amount of confidence’Eoin Morgan claimed his six-hitting spree against Afghanistan went beyond his wildest dreams but, for Joe Root, who watched all but …

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Eoin Morgan’s brutal 148 shows he practises what he preaches

The England captain has told his team to play without fear – and against Afghanistan at Old Trafford he led by exampleEoin Morgan played the perfect captain’s innings against Afghanistan on Tuesday. Where once the phrase meant defiance in the face of a…

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Jos Buttler could be given leading role for England against Afghanistan

• Eoin Morgan and Jason Roy are injury doubts• James Vince set to step up at Old TraffordThe joke going around the England dressing room after Friday’s World Cup group stage victory over West Indies was that they simply could not wait to get out of Sou…

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Jofra Archer will benefit from facing West Indies with England, says Morgan

• ‘It is a moment where you reaffirm your decision’, says Morgan• Pace bowler won under-19 caps for West Indies in 2013Eoin Morgan expects Friday’s World Cup encounter between England and West Indies will reaffirm Jofra Archer’s decision to switch side…

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Michael Holding responds to ICC ‘censorship’ after criticising umpires

• Commentator unhappy with calls in West Indies v Australia• ‘Is objective to protect umpires even when they do a bad job?’Michael Holding has hit back at “censorship” by the ICC following a request to tone down his views on umpiring while commentating…

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Moeen Ali back from daughter’s birth and ready to face West Indies

• All-rounder’s wife had couple’s second child earlier this week • England may opt for two spinners and Buttler also passed fitMoeen Ali will resume England training on Thursday following the birth of his second child, with the all-rounder now pushing …

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Jofra Archer undaunted by battle against West Indies

• Archer previously played for West Indies Under-19s • ‘It’s just another game of cricket, same as the last game’Jofra Archer will look to treat England’s next match against West Indies like any other, even if it represents his first encounter with the…

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Liam Plunkett expects England to rise above ‘niggly’ Bangladesh

• Bangladesh appeals and vocal fans to test England • ‘We let ourselves down in the field against Pakistan’The days of Bangladesh being World Cup pushovers are a distant memory, with England wary of Saturday’s opponents and ready for another test of th…

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England’s Pakistan defeat was no car crash for us, says Chris Woakes

• England all-rounder plays down defeat at Trent Bridge• Roy and Archer docked 15% of match feesChris Woakes insisted England did not suffer a car crash against Pakistan after the 14-run defeat that proved an early World Cup setback and left two player…

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The Spin | Brian Lara’s unbeaten 501, 25 years on, still looks unconquerable

The Trinidadian’s first-class masterpiece for Warwickshire remains the world record innings, despite the game’s evolution The Spin: listen and subscribe to our brand new podcastBrian Charles Lara. The middle name is nearly always inserted whenever the …

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Jofra Archer and Mark Wood to lead England’s attack against Pakistan

• Decision follows Pakistan’s capitulation against West Indies• Liam Plunkett likely to make way for WoodEoin Morgan looks set to unleash the pace of Jofra Archer and Mark Wood on Pakistan on Monday, even though the England captain had been keen to tem…

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England chase more ODI records after being handed same Trent Bridge strip

• Hosts posted two world record totals at the ground• England looking to make it two wins from two against PakistanEngland will return to the pitch on which they have posted two world record ODI totals when they meet Pakistan at Trent Bridge on Monday….