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Bryson DeChambeau makes science out of a sport people believe should be art | Andy Bull

The American’s startling victory at the US Open has split opinion because his radical approach is a challenge to the way things have always been done in golfYou couldn’t miss Bryson DeChambeau at the Masters in 2016. He was 22 and just out of college. …

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Cricket’s glorious condensed summer nears end with a grim coda | Andy Bull

It has been a vintage season for England’s men despite empty grounds – but a hard financial winter loomsThe way Douglas Adams told it in Life, the Universe and Everything, the world ends right after England win back the Ashes on a glorious late summer …

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England’s home run ends but Jonny Bairstow’s brutal brilliance goes on | Andy Bull

The Yorkshireman’s relentless ODI form saw him compile a 10th century in the format in which he is one of England’s finestThe England men’s last match of the summer started with a slash, a catch, a cuss and a quick apology. Jason Roy threw his bat at M…

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The Spin | Ian Bell: the teenage phenomenon who finally fulfilled his huge promise

Elegant batsman made 22 hundreds in 118 Tests and produced his best cricket in the second half of his England careerThe boy down to bat at No5 had turned 14 only the previous month. By the time he came in, his team needed another ten runs to win. The o…

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Cricket’s dressing rooms have questions to answer over black players’ isolation | Andy Bull

The Black Lives Matter movement has highlighted problems faced by players who have felt alienated by teammatesBack in July the South African fast bowler Lungi Ngidi answered a question about the Black Lives Matter movement: “It’s something we will be a…

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So much heat about so little light in perfectly absurd second Test | Andy Bull

Umpires and groundstaff have been accused of not being reactive enough but players are not always willing to adaptTick tock. Umpire Richard Kettleborough glanced at his watch. It was 3.19 in the afternoon. In front of him, Zak Crawley had marked his gu…

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So much heat about so little light in perfectly absurd second Test | Andy Bull

Umpires and groundstaff have been accused of not being reactive enough but players are not always willing to adaptTick tock. Umpire Richard Kettleborough glanced at his watch. It was 3.19 in the afternoon. In front of him, Zak Crawley had marked his gu…

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‘Others did less but got more’: England’s lost generation of black cricketers

In 1995 there were 33 black male cricketers on the county circuit and last year there were nine. Three who were tipped for success in the 2000s feel they were stereotyped due to their skin colour A few weeks ago Mark Nelson picked up an old scorecard, …

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Jimmy Anderson shows there is plenty of life in oldest swinger | Andy Bull

It was rumoured that England’s leading Test wicket-taker was on the verge of retirement after a poor return at Old Trafford – 38-year-olds are not allowed the luxury of inconsistencyIt looked like the simplest little trick, as predictable and familiar …

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Fawad Alam’s Pakistan comeback was ugly but earned after decade of graft | Andy Bull

The batsman’s comeback fell flat but hope springs eternal as Fawad hit a century in the second innings of his debut in 2009They say the best things in life are worth waiting for. Fawad Alam’s innings in the second Test probably wasn’t one of them – unl…

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Jordan Spieth tries and fails to recover the brilliance of his carefree youth | Andy Bull

In 2017 the Texan became only the second player to win three majors before turning 24, but he has won nothing sinceLast Thursday afternoon in San Francisco three men were out alone on the range at TPC Harding Park: Jordan Spieth, his caddie, Michael Gr…

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Azhar Ali’s captaincy faces big test with only a few days to rally Pakistan

With the second Test coming so soon after the first, Azhar must remind his players that they dominated England for the majority of the match at Old TraffordBy reputation, Pakistan are a chaotic and unpredictable team. The journalist Osman Samiuddin, wh…

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England’s capacity for unlikely victory can leave you lost for words | Andy Bull

If it did not quite match last year at Headingley, this win over Pakistan shows a team at their best when the odds are longestThe Observer’s official policy about the use of swear words is right there in the official style guide, between the entries on…

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England’s capacity for unlikely victory can leave you lost for words | Andy Bull

If it did not quite match last year at Headingley, this win over Pakistan shows a team at their best when the odds are longestThe Observer’s official policy about the use of swear words is right there in the official style guide, between the entries on…

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England’s capacity for unlikely victory can leave you lost for words | Andy Bull

If it did not quite match last year at Headingley, this win over Pakistan shows a team at their best when the odds are longestThe Observer’s official policy about the use of swear words is right there in the official style guide, between the entries on…

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England’s capacity for unlikely victory can leave you lost for words | Andy Bull

If it did not quite match last year at Headingley, this win over Pakistan shows a team at their best when the odds are longestThe Observer’s official policy about the use of swear words is right there in the official style guide, between the entries on…

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England’s capacity for unlikely victory can leave you lost for words | Andy Bull

If it did not quite match last year at Headingley, this win over Pakistan shows a team at their best when the odds are longestThe Observer’s official policy about the use of swear words is right there in the official style guide, between the entries on…

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England’s capacity for unlikely victory can leave you lost for words | Andy Bull

If it did not quite match last year at Headingley, this win over Pakistan shows a team at their best when the odds are longestThe Observer’s official policy about the use of swear words is right there in the official style guide, between the entries on…

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Naseem Shah ready to join ranks of great bowlers as junior member | Andy Bull

The 17-year-old has made a big impact as part of an entertaining Pakistan attack that has everything a side could wantThe first thing you notice about Naseem Shah is his action. It’s smooth and slick and sideways-on, as if the unnatural act of bowling …

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Jos Buttler left muttering into his fallible gloves after difficult day | Andy Bull

Wicketkeeper was a shadow of himself – and the player England believe he is – after dropped catches and fluffed run-out chanceThe ball was one of the better ones Dom Bess had bowled. It flew in a loop and as Shan Masood lunged out it landed, bit on the…