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Former West Indies coach Stuart Law says old charges can trouble England

• New Middlesex head coach believes old side can upset England• Australia says his country have ‘lost track of what’s important’Stuart Law says he has softened since he stopped playing but one would not necessarily guess it from the way he talks. On We…

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Cricket’s vices are no more common – it’s just harder to keep them secret | Andy Bull

Players have been fighting, drinking, and sleeping around for as long as they’ve been batting, bowling, and catching but these days you can guarantee everyone will know about itWhenever David Green belched he would say “Boycott!” and since he belched a…

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Cricket’s vices are no more common – it’s just harder to keep them secret | Andy Bull

Players have been fighting, drinking, and sleeping around for as long as they’ve been batting, bowling, and catching but these days you can guarantee everyone will know about itWhenever David Green belched he would say “Boycott!” and since he belched a…

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ECB chief: mystery new competition at heart of plans to boost cricket’s profile

• New format dominates five-year blueprint to attract more fans• Tom Harrison says venture is ‘for a broader audience’The England and Wales Cricket Board staged what it described as a “whole game meeting” at Millbank Tower in London on Monday, where it…

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How the ‘boring whinger’ Andy Murray won over Middle England | Andy Bull

The Scot was initially unloved by the British tennis public but he changed perceptions simply by being himselfThere is a story Andy Murray tells from Wimbledon in 2006. He was 19, a gangly kid on his first full season on tour and had just taken over fr…

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Meet the Clealls: the Saracens twins forging a winning partnership

Poppy and Bryony Cleall have played together – and against each other – since the age of six and this weekend will be side by side in a top-of-the-table clashAs kids, Poppy and Bryony Cleall always sat back-to-back when they were unwrapping their birth…

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London 2012’s clean Games boast in ruins as failed doping tests pile up | Andy Bull

The IOC’s decision to keep 2012 Olympics samples for 10 years has led to a steady drip of retrospective failed tests that have given the London Games an unwanted recordTen or so years ago the Evening Standard ran the billboard headline “London Fashion …

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The Spin | A century after MCC revolution, ECB stakes everything on one-day game

Two years of overhaul, including a home World Cup, could fire cricket’s future in England if the governing body has its wayIt was a coincidence that the MCC scheduled its winter 1918 committee meeting on 12 November, though if pressed Lord Hawke might …

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The Spin | The Spin awards: Our terrific Test team of 2018

Usman Khawaja steps up to the plate, AB de Villiers bows out in style and Yasir Shah rewrites the record bookAfter 45 Tests, 1,575 wickets, 43,424 runs, and countless hours of argument, here is the Guardian’s Test XI of the Year. The selectors were Vic…

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Jimmy Peters: race pioneer of English rugby who emerged from the circus

Until 1988 Peters, whose father died in a lion’s cage, was the only black man to play rugby union for England. The sport’s historians are now starting to piece together his storyA century later the truth of exactly what happened to Jimmy Peters is just…

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France facing up to clamour for rugby to change after spate of tragedies | Andy Bull

After three deaths in five months in France and with politicians now demanding answers, has the sport become too brutal?Last Wednesday Nicolas Chauvin was killed after he was injured playing rugby. Chauvin was 18, a student at the Paris Descartes Unive…

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The Spin | Big Bash’s flipping bats recall stories of cunning ploys with tossed coins

When you look closely at the ritual, it begins to seem odd that cricket lets blind luck and ‘dynamical bias’ play such a large partWhen he was 14, Persi Diaconis packed a fresh deck of cards and a spare pair of socks into a knapsack and ran away from h…

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‘We are not gymnastics’: parkour fights to retain its soul | Andy Bull

The International Gymnastics Federation wants to recognise parkour as a new discipline, with a view to Olympic inclusion in 2024. But the parkour community is opposing the FIG’s effortsThe Dame du Lac lives an hour’s ride from Paris, in the suburb of L…

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Mario Ledesma has one eye on World Cup as coach bloods new Pumas | Andy Bull

There is plenty at stake for Argentina as they prepare to face the Barbarians at TwickenhamMario Ledesma has made 10 changes to his Argentina team for their match against the Barbarians at Twickenham on Saturday. Ten months out from the World Cup the h…

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Joe Root’s modern captaincy represents a sea change for England | Andy Bull

England have become aggressive, flexible and free-thinking, an approach more in keeping with Michael Vaughan than Alastair Cook or Andrew StraussEvery England fan needs a plan for how to follow a winter series. These last few weeks I’ve been lying in b…

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Ian Robertson hangs up his mic: ‘You don’t gain anything from being an assassin’ | Andy Bull

After 47 years on the BBC, charming Nelson Mandela and Elizabeth Taylor along the way, the voice of rugby will call it a day at Twickenham painting the best picture he canAt school the teachers called Ian Robertson “Chatterbox”. It was “Chatterbox! Sil…

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Michael Cheika mixes praise of Eddie Jones with dig at England’s tactics | Andy Bull

Australia coach is under pressure after only four Test wins this year but he will have David Pocock in his XV at TwickenhamMichael Cheika and Eddie Jones go back a long way, right to their playing days when they used to pack down together in the suburb…

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Beers on ice: Canadian curlers show why sport and alcohol don’t mix well | Andy Bull

The antics of a curling team in Alberta’s Red Deer Classic saw them end up in hot water after they were thrown out of a competition for being somewhat worse for wearEach winter the World Anti-Doping Agency publishes an updated list of prohibited substa…

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Japan plot fast route to ‘emotionally smash’ Eddie Jones’s England

• Masakatsu Nishikawa returns fire at former coach • ‘Sometimes size doesn’t work for you,’ says Jamie JosephIf you are looking for a little hint of Eddie Jones’s lingering influence on Japanese rugby, have a read of what the flanker Masakatsu Nishikaw…

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Cricketers risk being caught out in quest for life beyond the boundary | Andy Bull

Pally dressing-room habits prove hard to undo for some of those hoping to forge new careers outside the sportIt’s a long way from Burton upon Trent to Galle and in the Hilton at St George’s Park last Thursday you could feel every yard of the gap. Away …