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Joe Root calls Jimmy Anderson a special commodity after England rout India

• Anderson goes past 100 Test wickets at Lord’s• Root also praises Stuart Broad for four-wicket haulJoe Root hailed Jimmy Anderson as a “special commodity” after the rout of India at Lord’s before calling on his players to keep striving for the perfect…

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Chris Woakes becomes a legend of Lord’s after scintillating century

• All-rounder joins elite group on all three honours boards• Woakes: ‘It was a sweet day after a frustrating summer’Chris Woakes spoke of a boyhood dream coming true, at the venue where his statistics continue to astound, after a maiden Test century th…

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Jimmy Anderson: ‘Conditions were ideal. It’s so much fun when it’s like that’

• Seamer says England’s bowling would have seen off any team• ‘I’d have been so disappointed if I’d messed up today’Such was the ruthless nature of England’s performance in ideal bowling conditions at Lord’s on Friday that Jimmy Anderson, the architect…

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Ed Smith aims to widen England’s options after Dawid Malan’s omission

• Selector has two-hour discussion with dropped batsman• ‘We are looking at having the right players for right conditions’Ed Smith is looking to create a pool of England Test players who can offer a range of options both home and away as he offered a m…

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Joe Root urges England supporters to keep faith with the players

• England lost the first Test to Pakistan by nine wickets at Lord’s• ‘We know we’re underperforming. It’s very difficult to take’Joe Root urged England supporters to “keep the faith” with his ailing Test side after conceding that Pakistan outplayed the…

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Jos Buttler says Dom Bess’s batting was ‘like Joe Root’ after debut fifty

• Buttler and Bess lead England fightback at Lord’s • ‘It was like Joe Root walked back out, with his cover drives’Jos Buttler thought Joe Root had walked back out to join him in the middle, such was the skill and temperament on display from Dom Bess a…

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Andy Flower will have wide-ranging roles as he stands in for Andrew Strauss

• Flower will attend England selection meetings this summer• ‘I will be taking a back seat, asking challenging questions’Andy Flower will sit in on England selection meetings and be involved in the recruitment of Ed Smith’s deputy after taking over as …

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Alastair Cook admits ‘wicket did more than expected’ after England collapse

• Abbas and Hasan share eight wickets as hosts skittled for 184• Pakistan spoken to by ICC over ‘smart watch’ suspicionEngland’s bold new era proved something of a damp squib after a limp batting performance on day one at Lord’s left them facing an uph…

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Hasan Ali and Mohammad Abbas show Pakistan attack is no pushover

Four wickets apiece from visitors’ fiery-natured seamers shows their prowess in the field should not be underrated by EnglandBack in 2010, that annus horribilis for Pakistan cricket, Hasan Ali’s parents set alight his whites after becoming frustrated w…

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Ben Stokes sets the standard for England, says captain Joe Root

• All-rounder to play first match on home soil since arrest • Dom Bess to make debut in first Test against PakistanBen Stokes has set the standard for England’s preparations before Thursday’s Test series opener against Pakistan at Lord’s, a match that …

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Jos Buttler will trust instincts in ‘luxury role’ for England against Pakistan

• 27-year-old accepts that his Test return will divide opinion• Buttler will stop ‘trying to be something I’m not’ in first TestJos Buttler has admitted he is a luxury in England’s re-fitted Test team and that his return will divide opinion. But as the…

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Victorious Joe Root backs England to do ‘something special’ in Ashes

• Captain optimistic after beating West Indies in third Test to secure series 2-1
• ‘We shouldn’t be afraid of going over there,’ says Root

Joe Root tipped his England team to achieve something special in this winter’s Ashes defence after they brushed aside West Indies with a three-day victory at Lord’s and made it two series wins from two under his fledgling captaincy.

Jimmy Anderson, fresh from claiming his 500th Test wicket on Friday, completed career-best figures of seven for 42 to bowl out Jason Holder’s tourists for 177. The target of 107 was knocked off with minimal fuss in 28 overs for a nine-wicket win.

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England’s Ben Stokes: ‘To bowl like I did today was a monkey off my back’

• Stokes takes six wickets against West Indies after ‘letting the team down’
• All-rounder becomes sixth England player on both honours boards at Lord’s

Ben Stokes spoke of his pride at recording his career-best figures with the ball after believing he had been letting the England team down this summer. But, given a wicket-laden first day during which West Indies hit back late on with four strikes themselves, the third Test remains in the balance.

By claiming six for 22 from 14.3 overs in a masterful exhibition of swing bowling either side of tea, Stokes helped Joe Root’s side to dismiss the tourists for 123 in the series decider and became only the sixth England cricketer to get his name on both honours boards at Lord’s.

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England’s Ben Stokes: ‘To bowl like I did today was a monkey off my back’

• Stokes takes six wickets against West Indies after ‘letting the team down’
• All-rounder becomes sixth England player on both honours boards at Lord’s

Ben Stokes spoke of his pride at recording his career-best figures with the ball after believing he had been letting the England team down this summer. But, given a wicket-laden first day during which West Indies hit back late on with four strikes themselves, the third Test remains in the balance.

By claiming six for 22 from 14.3 overs in a masterful exhibition of swing bowling either side of tea, Stokes helped Joe Root’s side to dismiss the tourists for 123 in the series decider and became only the sixth England cricketer to get his name on both honours boards at Lord’s.

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South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada suspended for second Test against England

• Fast bowler disciplined for telling Ben Stokes to ‘fuck off’
• Rabada had already accumulated three demerit points

Kagiso Rabada has been suspended from next week’s second Test with England at Trent Bridge after being charged for the use of abusive language towards Ben Stokes on the opening day of the current Lord’s Test.

The South African fast bowler told Stokes to “fuck off” after removing the all-rounder caught behind for 56 in England’s first innings and was reported to the International Cricket Council match referee Jeff Crowe by the on-field umpires. With the words picked up by the stump microphones, the level one charge was accepted by the 22-year-old on Friday.

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England suffer record top-order collapse as South Africa win at Lord’s

• England 153; South Africa 156-3
• South Africa win by seven wickets with 127 balls remaining

Any fears that England will saunter into the Champions Trophy in an overly-confident fashion have at least been allayed following a limp display on a grey bank holiday Monday in which their batsmen produced a collapse of old to gift South Africa a consolation seven-wicket win.

Eoin Morgan’s side have produced some startling feats with the bat during their post-World Cup revival but after suffering the ignominy of losing their first six wickets for 20 runs in five overs – the fastest top-order collapse in one-day history – and being eventually bowled out for 153 in 31.1 overs, they have received a significant size 10 up the backside on the eve of the tournament, albeit in a dead-rubber.

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Middlesex pip Yorkshire and Somerset to title in thrilling finale at Lord’s

• Toby Roland-Jones seals Championship at Lord’s with stunning hat-trick
• ‘I honestly didn’t realise it was a hat-trick. It was just a blur at the end’

Toby Roland-Jones spoke of an unbelievable feeling after his stunning hat-trick completed a rollercoaster final-day victory over Yorkshire that meant Middlesex claimed their first County Championship for 23 years and denied both their opponents and Somerset the crown.

Related: Toby Roland-Jones hat-trick seals Middlesex’s title against Yorkshire

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Pakistan captain sees Lord’s win as ‘start of a new life’ for Mohammad Amir

• Amir took two England wickets at a cost of 39 runs
• Misbah: ’That was a special moment for him’

Misbah-ul-Haq, the Pakistan captain, believes that Mohammad Amir can now begin his new life as a Test cricketer after the left-arm bowler, on his return to the scene of the 2010 spot-fixing scandal, claimed the final wicket in a 75-run victory against England.

Amir cleaned up the stumps of No11 Jake Ball to see the home side bowled out for 207 in their pursuit of 283 and spark scenes of joy for the tourists, who collectively dropped to the ground and performed the press-up celebration that had followed Misbah’s first-innings century.

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Jimmy Anderson on verge of recall to England Test side after injury

• James Whitaker present to see him take three wickets
• Ben Stokes could return after recovery from knee surgery

Jimmy Anderson looks poised to be included in the squad for the second Test against Pakistan, starting on Friday at Old Trafford, after getting through his allotted two days of county cricket for Lancashire unscathed.

James Whitaker, who chairs the England selection panel, was in Southport throughout the bowler’s extended fitness test, although he may have experienced a mild twinge of unease watching Anderson in action while the wickets were tumbling at Lord’s.

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Chris Woakes shines brightest for England as Pakistan make them sweat

• Woakes takes second five-for to move to 11 for the match
• Moeen Ali warns of fourth-innings threat from Yasir Shah

Chris Woakes shone brightest for England on the third day of the Lord’s Test, with the all-rounder producing his second five-wicket haul of an undulating match thus pegging back Pakistan’s position of dominance and putting the series opener on a knife-edge.

With England 67 runs behind after the first innings, Woakes ran in hard for his captain Alastair Cook, with an impeccable line at good pace returning figures of five for 31 from 17 overs to leave the tourists 214 for eight by the close and with their lead sitting at 281 runs going into the morning session.

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