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Mark Wood may replace Sam Curran as England ponder change of pace

• Wood attended voluntary nets session on Monday• Chris Woakes’ knee problem likely to rule him outMark Wood has scarcely known an England dressing room as quiet as that which followed the 10-wicket defeat in Antigua. But despite joking about tension b…

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England hold crisis meeting after Bayliss admits team lost ‘will to fight’

• Difference between ODI and Tests has been ‘muddled a little’• Head coach admits batting lineup is possibly too attackingTrevor Bayliss held a crisis meeting with his England players on Sunday after a defeat to West Indies that he described as a “shoc…

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Joe Root: ‘We came here to win but we have been outplayed, outperformed’

• England’s captain says lessons must be learned from series loss• ‘To find ourselves out of it with a game to go is hard to take‘As Jason Holder led his victorious West Indies players on a lap of honour around the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, an ashen…

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Jonny Bairstow happy with his 52 on testing day for batsmen in second Test

• Bairstow ‘chuffed’ with his knock at No 3 as England make 187• Batsman expects England to make full use of pitch on day twoJonny Bairstow expects England to make full use of the capricious Antigua pitch on day two after sharing his delight at a half-…

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England’s Joe Root feels pain in practice for second West Indies Test

• England captain hit twice on the hands in net practice• Rory Burns highlights danger of paceman Shannon GabrielJoe Root sustained two blows to his hands at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium on Tuesday as England’s batsmen tuned up for round two of thei…

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Ben Foakes says he and England know they must improve in second Test

• Wicketkeeper could face axe as team for Antigua takes shape• England could consider giving gloves back to Jonny BairstowBen Foakes has said the margin of England’s defeat against West Indies in Barbados suggests something is not right. And were he to…

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England’s Ben Stokes has few fears before Carlos Brathwaite reunion

• All-rounder does not dwell on mauling in World Twenty20 loss to West Indies
• Stokes says IPL millionaire status ‘gives me drive to work even harder’

Plenty has happened to Ben Stokes since he was launched for four successive sixes by Carlos Brathwaite in the final of last year’s World Twenty20 and, speaking before his reunion with the West Indian all-rounder, he insisted that particular low is now firmly behind him.

At training on Wednesday afternoon Stokes smirked when the subject of the Kolkata mauling arose while, in the background, the 6ft 8in Brathwaite was putting on a repeat performance out in the middle of the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium during a range-hitting exercise.

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Surrey’s Tom Curran called up by England as cover for injured Jake Ball

• Ball to have scan after injury sustained on Monday
• Curran in frame to be selected for three ODIs against West Indies

Tom Curran, the uncapped Surrey seamer, described himself as feeling “giddy” following a 4.30am message that informed he would be making a 9,000-mile trip from Sri Lanka to join the England one-day squad that is currently touring the Caribbean.

Curran, 21, was added to the party as injury cover for Jake Ball after the Nottinghamshire man suffered a knee injury during Monday’s nervy eight-wicket win over a West Indies Board XI in St Kitts – their final warm-up before the three-match one-day series begins in Antigua on Friday.

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