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England World Cup final place laughable four years ago, says Eoin Morgan

• Captain wants repeat performance against New Zealand• Aaron Finch: ‘We were just totally outplayed’Eoin Morgan admitted the idea of England reaching the World Cup final would have been laughable four years ago. But after his players swatted aside Aus…

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England World Cup semi-final is biggest game of our careers, says Ben Stokes

• All-rounder wants revenge for loss to Australia at Lord’s• Stokes: ‘Beating them is that touch better than any other team’Ben Stokes wants England to secure World Cup redemption against the team they love to beat the most, having described the box of…

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Eoin Morgan hails ‘fire’ in opener Jonny Bairstow’s belly after vital England win

• Bairstow scores 111 in Edgbaston victory over India• A win over New Zealand will seal semi-final spotEoin Morgan hailed the fire in Jonny Bairstow’s belly after the opener’s bristling century helped England sweep aside India and put their World Cup c…

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Aggrieved Jonny Bairstow takes out frustrations in cause of England win | Ali Martin

Bairstow may have misunderstood coverage of England defeats but the opener righted a few perceived wrongs with his centuryThere was something utterly inevitable about Jonny Bairstow notching up a century against India, even if the celebration that foll…

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England’s Eoin Morgan ready for ‘short-term’ risks with Roy and Archer

• Captain keen for Jason Roy and Jofra Archer to face India• ‘If it’s long-term [risk], then no. If it’s short-term, then yes’Eoin Morgan is prepared to risk tournament-ending injuries to Jason Roy and Jofra Archer as England strive to keep their World…

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Virat Kohli says England are struggling to handle tournament pressure

• England’s game at Edgbaston on Sunday is crucial for hosts• India captain says emotion ‘can put too much pressure on’Virat Kohli has diagnosed tournament pressure as the reason for England’s predicament, with the India captain having previously expec…

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Pakistan beat New Zealand to increase World Cup pressure on England

• New Zealand 237-6; Pakistan 241-4; Pakistan win by six wickets• Babar Azam scores century in successful run chasePakistan are making a late surge in the direction of the World Cup’s semi-final spots, with the winds of their victorious 1992 campaign p…

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Kane Williamson guides New Zealand to narrow World Cup win over South Africa

• South Africa 241-6; New Zealand 242-6• Willamson’s century ensures his team survive nervy finishThe World Cup’s first gripping finish ended with the result that may well have sewn up the top four with 20 group games still to come, as a Kane Williamso…

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England’s win over India in first Test will ‘close some mouths,’ says Ben Stokes

• Joe Root praises Stokes for putting his court case to one side• Man of the match Sam Curran: ‘I just played my natural game’Ben Stokes spoke of his pride at playing for his country following a spell of match-winning brilliance that offered the latest…

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Jimmy Anderson believes it is a case of Kohli’s wicket or bust for England

• Anderson: ‘I’ve been encouraged how I have bowled to Kohli’• Michael Vaughan: ‘Joe Root has to trust bowlers and stay calm’Jimmy Anderson said he would go to bed dreaming of taking Virat Kohli’s wicket as England look to claim the remaining five wick…

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Ishant Sharma and dropped catches leave Dawid Malan facing England axe | Ali Martin

India seamer shows benefits of stint with Jason Gillespie at Sussex to take five wickets and put England batsman in a sweatWhen strolling down to Edgbaston from the leafy boho suburb of Moseley one passes the adjoining Colts Ground and on the morning o…

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Virat Kohli mocks rival Joe Root with mic-drop celebration after run out

• England captain used celebration in last month’s one-day series • Root dismissal for 80 sparks England day one collapse to 285-9Virat Kohli may have lit the touch-paper on what could prove to be a fiery Test series after the India captain ran out Joe…

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India take early advantage in battle of two flawed selections for the first Test | Ali Martin

Alastair Cook’s ninth-over dismissal by Ravi Ashwin would have had both sides wondering why they started out with only one frontline spinnerIt was a beautiful delivery that sent Alastair Cook on his way. Ravi Ashwin had been introduced by India for the…

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England set to rotate Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad due to tight schedule

• India series made up of five Tests in six weeks• Both senior bowlers are returning from injuryEngland have spoken to Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad about the likelihood of their being rotated against India at some stage, with the new?ball pairing to…

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England hit Australia for six with Jos Buttler to the fore again in T20

• England 221-5; Australia 193• England win one-off Twenty20 international by 28 runsAustralia will depart these shores with six defeats from six after a one-off Twenty20 in which England reproduced the dominance of the whitewashed one-day series. Jos …

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Paul Farbrace hands Buttler opening role for England’s T20 against Australia

• In-form Buttler promoted after IPL success as opener• Farbrace admits interest in succeeding Trevor BaylissPaul Farbrace has confirmed his interest in becoming England’s next full-time head coach and made a positive first move as the interim for the …

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Warwickshire’s Olly Stone: ‘I greet each wicket with a fist-pump now’

The paceman thought his career may be over after rupturing his ACL jumping to celebrate a wicket in 2016 but he could now be the answer to England’s fast-bowling prayersPace. It felt the final frontier for England on their ill-fated voyage to Australia…

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Alastair Cook masterclass was inspiring, says Ashes hopeful Dawid Malan

• England newcomer hails Cook’s ‘fantastic’ double ton v West Indies
• Malan admits he needed half-century after mixed start to Test career

Dawid Malan conceded he did not look like scoring a run in the series against South Africa and so, after registering his maiden half-century in Test cricket, albeit against a less threatening West Indian attack, the England No5 is starting to feel more at home.

Related: Alastair Cook’s mighty 243 puts England firmly in control against West Indies

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Mark Stoneman’s debut against West Indies offers chance to book Ashes place

• Alastair Cook gets his 15th opening partner with England
• Surrey opener is oldest specialist batsman on debut this century

Mark Stoneman feels his Test debut against West Indies under lights this Thursday is justification for his winter move from Durham to Surrey as he prepares to become the latest batsman to try to crack the puzzle that is being Alastair Cook’s opening partner.

At 30 years of age Stoneman will become the oldest specialist batsman to be handed a first England cap this century, and the hope from the selectors now is that this seasoned left-hander’s additional experience comes off in the three-match Investec series and ends the seemingly perpetual search to fill the gap left by the retirement of Andrew Strauss in 2012.

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Shivnarine Chanderpaul in the pink for Lancashire against Warwickshire

• Lancashire 273; Warwickshire 23 for 1
• Veteran West Indian hits unbeaten century in day-night Championship game

County cricket’s pink ball plunge was devised chiefly as a training tool for England’s cricketers ahead of their maiden floodlit Test against West Indies this summer. But at Edgbaston, where this historic first will be staged, it was a Caribbean batsman with a seemingly unquenchable thirst for runs who dominated on day one of Warwickshire versus Lancashire.

While Jimmy Anderson struck late in proceedings to see the home side to 23 for one by the close – if anyone is going to revel in the delights of the pink Duke it will surely be England’s swing king – his Lancashire team-mate, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, shone brightest under lights, with an unbeaten 117 proving the glue for a total of 273 from the Red Rose first up.

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