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Test cricket is not dying. In England there are grounds for optimism

In England at least Test crowds are higher than they have been for half a centuryMark Evans catches the No 47 bus from the Bullring once a week every week. He gets on at the same stop, at the same time, on the same day. Mark walks with a stick and need…

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Cheating and sledging threaten cricket’s reputation, warns ICC chief

• ‘This isn’t the version of our sport we want to project’• Players and coaches are urged to improve behaviourDavid Richardson, chief executive of the ICC, has complained about the amount of cheating and sledging in international cricket and said that …

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Spirit of détente breaks out as England prepare for Test series with India

Recent visits have been mired in controversy but Virat Kohli’s team will play four Tests and hopes are high for a return of the sporting values that once characterised the tourThe Maharajah of Porbandar was a better captain than batsman, a fact that, i…

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Anger drives Pat Perez to new heights half a lifetime after taming Tiger | Andy Bull

After Pat Perez beat Tiger Woods at a prestigious junior event in 1993 aged 16 their careers took wildly different paths – but now golf’s raging bull is fulfilling the talent that goes with his temperIt’s likely been a long time since Tiger Woods last …

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Trump’s Turnberry trip shows golf to be most presidential thing about him | Andy Bull

The US president’s love of the game keeps up the rich relationship between the Oval Office and 18 holes of escapismOnce Chequers was done with, and Windsor out of the way, Donald Trump turned to the more pressing presidential business of addressing a&n…

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England have made us all football consumers – so best just give in to it | Andy Bull

World Cup run has become so utterly irresistible that other sports are contorting their schedules to fit in with kick-offThe woman who lives at No 42 says she knew, just bloody knew, that Eric Dier was going to score his penalty as soon as he stepped u…

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‘Shoestring sailor’ Rose’s round-the-world epic still enchants, 50 years on | Andy Bull

The solo adventures of Alec Rose, minding his own business on the seas while the press struggled to work out where in the world he was, attracted a reported 250,000 for his returnThere were two reasons why Alec Rose wanted to sail around the world. One…

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Federer v Nadal 2008: Wimbledon’s greatest final a decade on

It is 10 years since the two titans met for the third in a trilogy of finals at SW19 and served up what Björn Borg described as ‘the best tennis match I’ve ever seen in my life’There’s no ready measure for greatness, no simple standard or scale. To pic…

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Steve Smith is set to return – maybe this break has done him some good | Andy Bull

The former Australia captain has admitted before he does not have many interests outside cricket, so an enforced spell away from the game might just have given him a bit of perspectiveIt’s been three months since the scandal. Right now, Steve Smith is …

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Bayliss and Jones: the Aussies in charge of two England World Cup destinies | Andy Bull

Eddie Jones and Trevor Bayliss’s smooth starts at the helm of England’s rugby and cricket teams have turned distinctly bumpy. Learning from each other could help turn the tideIt’s 50 miles from Penrith to Randwick, an hour’s drive from one side of Sydn…

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Australia’s new coach Justin Langer: sledging is a fun part of the game

• ‘There is a difference between banter and abuse’, says Langer• Ricky Ponting will be Australia assistant coach for ODI seriesJustin Langer launched the first tour of Australian cricket’s new era by explaining that he likes to sledge his own daughter….

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Australia’s new coach Justin Langer: sledging is a fun part of the game

• ‘There is a difference between banter and abuse’, says Langer• Ricky Ponting will be Australia assistant coach for ODI seriesJustin Langer launched the first tour of Australian cricket’s new era by explaining that he likes to sledge his own daughter….

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Bright lights of Test cricket reveal contrasting paths of Lathwell and Bess | Andy Bull

Two Devonshire cricketers who made their Test debuts 25 years apart have intertwined stories but very different first experiences of international cricketSome shots linger, so that years later you can still see their shape, hear their sound, when about…

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ICC chief applies a positive spin at 2019 World Cup launch

• Street cricket at party in Brick Lane kicks off countdown• ‘It is challenge keeping formats from cannibalising each other’It is a brave move to stage a World Cup in a country where the chairman of the board believes “the younger generation” and the “…

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Eoin Morgan ruled out of West Indies T20 fundraiser after breaking finger

• England limited-overs captain injured fielding for Middlesex• Morgan expected to be fit for one-day series with AustraliaEoin Morgan has withdrawn from the World XI’s T20 match against West Indies at Lord’s on Thursday because of a fractured rin…

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Cricket looks the loser after series of loose allegations from al-Jazeera

Qatar-based broadcaster has bundled three separate claims of malpractice into one documentary, bought some of its information from a self-proclaimed crook and seems likely to have plenty more explaining to doThe story goes that when the Australian Cric…

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Restless fretting about cricket’s health could be its great strength | The Spin

A morbid obsession with its own death has caused cricket to adapt and evolve – and is perhaps the reason why we’re still playing and watching it all these years laterSummer came late in 1906, and the spring, harried by a keen north-east wind, hardly st…

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Ireland’s test of character leaves Kevin O’Brien confident they can compete | Andy Bull

Century-maker proud of team’s grit in first five-dayer against Pakistan but says new blood is needed to cement progressThe O’Brien boys used to play at the Ashes in the back garden. During the summer they would stage long one-on-one Test matches, each …

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Ireland’s moment in the sun comes just as it is setting on Test cricket

Malahide on Saturday saw the first Irish Test XI take to the field, against Pakistan, but the game was far from a sellout and they have only 16 more Tests planned for the next five yearsNorth Richmond Street, being blind, is a quiet street. There is no…

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Wicketz takes its pastoral initiative to a fertile space in Hartlepool | Andy Bull

Lord’s Taverners project has been introduced in 16 areas and is making great strides in integrating mixed communities as well as teaching young people Britain’s summer sportThe first time Cole Pearce came to Lynnfield school in Hartlepool, the children…