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Mark Wood not losing sleep over Jofra Archer’s imminent England arrival

• Archer will be eligible for England on 17 March• ‘I wouldn’t say I’m up at night worried,’ says WoodJofra Archer will qualify to play for England on 17 March but Mark Wood, while acknowledging the Barbados-born fast bowler represents a threat to his …

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England consider appointing Chris Silverwood as next head coach

• Ashley Giles praises bowling coach’s discipline and toughness• Stokes and Buttler rested for Malan and Billings in T20 squadChris Silverwood has emerged as a leading candidate to replace Trevor Bayliss as the England coach after Ashley Giles, the nat…

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Eoin Morgan expects West Indies to put England’s dominance to the test

• England highly favoured before 50-over series begins• Captain looking to fine-tune in run-up to World CupThe Kensington Oval has already chewed up and spat out the concept of favourites and underdogs on this Caribbean tour, so while Eoin Morgan’s Eng…

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Adil Rashid to play to his strengths against Chris Gayle and West Indies

• Leg-spinner is key part of Eoin Morgan’s ODI attack• Moeen Ali believes Rashid can still be ‘world beater’ in TestsThere are 101 days to go until England’s World Cup campaign gets under way against South Africa at the Oval and one player who should t…

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Chris Gayle declares himself ‘greatest player’ and wants Hundred invite

• ‘I will set the trend for you,’ says West Indian before ODI series• Jason Roy hits 110 off 82 balls in England warm-up gameChris Gayle, the veteran West Indies opener and self-styled “Universe Boss”, has warned English cricket that The Hundred will n…

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Mark Wood: ‘You almost feel like a superhero … you’re absolutely flying’

England fast bowler was thrilled to make an explosive impact in the third Test against West Indies after years of frustrationWhat is it like to bowl at 95mph? For Mark Wood, whose scorching return to England’s Test team sent everyone a bit gaga in St L…

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Trevor Bayliss: England need to show guts when the going gets tough

• Coach questions fortitude following batting collapse• Bayliss concerned over the form of Keaton JenningsTrevor Bayliss has expressed concerns over “struggling” Keaton Jennings and described England’s batting in Bridgetown as lacking in mental fortitu…

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Return of West Indies’ swagger would have delighted Tony Cozier | Ali Martin

One thing felt missing from the opening Test against England – the lilting commentary of the legendary Bajan broadcasterThere were shades of West Indies’ glory years to be found throughout their crushing defeat of England in Bridgetown but, when their …

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Jos Buttler: West Indies have given England a reality check

• ‘To get to No 1 in the world that’s nowhere near good enough’• Jason Holder: ‘I want to keep pressing forward for this team’Jos Buttler described England’s hopes of one day topping the world rankings as having been given a reality check during the fi…

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Joe Root tells England players to focus on West Indies and not the Ashes

• Captain does not want team to be distracted• ‘We have to look after here and now’, says RootJoe Root has ordered his players to forget about jostling for Ashes places as they look to become just the second England team in 51 years to win a Caribbean …

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Shai Hope aims to beat the England team he might have played for

West Indies batsman says playing for England crossed his mind but he is happy to inspire Caribbean cricketers insteadShai Hope made his debut against England at the Kensington Oval four years ago and has since risen to become the West Indian batsman of…

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Moeen Ali makes peace with role as England’s sole spinner in West Indies

• ‘I can’t hide behind saying I’m second spinner. I need to face it’• Moeen: 2015 Barbados Test was worst I’ve bowled for EnglandMoeen Ali has made peace with his role in this England Test team, insisting it is time to stop hiding behind the tag of sec…

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West Indies coach Richard Pybus turns a deaf ear to agitators

• Englishman’s appointment has caused infighting in Caribbean• Pybus concentrates on Wednesday’s first Test against EnglandWest Indies’ interim head coach, Richard Pybus, claims to have a near Zen-like focus leading into Wednesday’s first Test despite …

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Jimmy Anderson warns of West Indies’ big incentive to beat England

• ‘You can see it in the players’ eyes,’ says Anderson• England must be ‘on top form’ in Caribbean tourJimmy Anderson acted as England’s speaker in Barbados over the weekend and, on the subject of how much West Indian desire there is to beat the touris…

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Trevor Bayliss hopes for England Ashes and World Cup double before he quits

• Head coach confident team are prepared well to win both• On West Indies series: ‘It’s not easy playing away from home’Trevor Bayliss is confident he has readied England’s cricketers for the pressures of their World Cup and Ashes year, as the head coa…

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West Indies to provide Joe Root’s in-form England side with fresh test

Visiting fans have every right to feel optimistic of a Caribbean cruise but history suggests choppy waters awaitOver the next few days an estimated 9,000 England supporters will have arrived in Barbados, packing out the hotels, bars and sun-kissed beac…

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Jack Leach and Adil Rashid may become victims of England’s strength in depth

• Smith hopes to de-stigmatise omissions by rotating on the road• Moeen may be the solitary spinner with Root providing coverA handy indicator of a team’s strength can often be found on its bench and this should be a source of comfort for England come …

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Jonny Bairstow retains wicketkeeper ambition after falling shy of century

• England 379-10 v West Indies President’s XI• Bairstow makes 98 and Rory Burns chips in with 68Jonny Bairstow fell two runs short of a second century in his new No 3 position but the Yorkshireman’s desire to reclaim England’s wicketkeeping gloves rema…

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Jonny Bairstow retains wicketkeeper ambition after falling shy of century

• England 379-10 v West Indies President’s XI• Bairstow makes 98 and Rory Burns chips in with 68Jonny Bairstow fell two runs short of a second century in his new No 3 position but the Yorkshireman’s desire to reclaim England’s wicketkeeping gloves rema…

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England’s Liam Plunkett aiming to make most of one-day recall

• Plunkett England’s leading wicket-taker in Caribbean
• ‘I didn’t want to give up my place,’ says Yorkshire bowler

Liam Plunkett was England’s leading wicket-taker in the Caribbean but the fast bowler has experienced such a stop-start career since his debut back in 2005 that he knows full well the battle for bowling spots in the Champions Trophy is not done. Plunkett claimed 10 victims at nine runs apiece during the 3-0 clean sweep over West Indies – including a career-best four for 40 in the opener in Antigua – and so should feel optimistic about making the starting XI for the run of five one-day internationals against Ireland and South Africa in May that precede the summer’s global tournament.

Having taken 11 years to chalk up 49 one-day caps, however, the Yorkshire right-armer is also well accustomed to the fickle nature of the pecking order. He is aware that the England management are hopeful that the left-arm option of David Willey and the extra pace of Mark Wood, missing because of injury, will be available come the summer.

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