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Raw talent plus IPL cash point to an era of Indian dominance | Andy Bull

Their stunning Test series victory in Australia may go down as a watershed moment as the game’s global power shifts to IndiaThe ground has moved after India’s win in Brisbane, lifted, shifted and settled again, so the game’s landscape looks a little di…

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Joe Root is smiling again and shows he can get better still for England | Andy Bull

The England captain’s superb double hundred in Galle brought back memories of his first Test eight years ago – and there is more to comeIt’s 13 December 2012, it’s midway through the afternoon on the first day of the fourth Test in Nagpur, and England …

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Dan Lawrence settles into Test cricket with formidable familiarity | Andy Bull

England’s latest batting debutant looked instantly at home during an impressive maiden innings at GalleThe first ball Dan Lawrence faced in Test cricket was from Sri Lanka’s slow left-armer, Lasith Embuldinya. It was outside off stump, flatter and fast…

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Since Jardine’s ill-fated taxi ride, Sri Lankan Tests have always been a bit taxing | Andy Bull

Only after being thrashed at the Oval in 1998 have England stopped treating their Test rivals this month as underdogs – but all subsequent series have been played on equal footingFrom this distance it seems to have been a tricky little start to the tou…

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Kane’s gang carved from same New Zealand granite as their No 1 batsman | Andy Bull

Modest, hard-working, undemonstrative – the world’s top-ranked Test team are shaped by their self-effacing captainIt’s not clear exactly how much mind Christina Rossetti paid to the ins and outs of the New Zealand club cricket scene, but when the old s…

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Legal claim on concussion launched by former players against rugby authorities

Letters of claim lodged with World Rugby, RFU and WRUFormer Welsh U20 Adam Hughes, 30, joins legal caseLawyers representing former rugby union players have taken a decisive step in their legal action against the game’s authorities, issuing a pre-action…

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Australian rules football cases show players’ head trauma is a global issue | Andy Bull

Peter Jess represents a group of 135 former VFL and AFL players diagnosed with long-term neurological problems – ‘the most catastrophic events are the behavioural and mood issues’The last time I spoke to Peter Jess, he broke down midway through the con…

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Concussion sufferers twice as likely to develop brain diseases, study finds

Former rugby players taking legal action over head injuriesTeam behind new app have approached RFU and FA to offer helpPeople with a history of concussion are more than twice as likely to develop a neurological disease, according to a new study that ga…

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Concussion sufferers twice as likely to develop brain diseases, study finds

Former rugby players taking legal action over head injuriesTeam behind new app have approached RFU and FA to offer helpPeople with a history of concussion are more than twice as likely to develop a neurological disease, according to a new study that ga…

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Reasons to love rugby union are the same as those that make us worry about it | Andy Bull

As more has been discovered about dementia and its victims, Test rugby has made me wince more than smile this autumnIt was one of those tackles that seemed to stop the game dead. Midway through the first half of England’s match against France on Sunday…

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Michael Lipman: ‘If I knew then what I know now, I’d have been a lot more careful’

The former England flanker has mild dementia and probable CTE and says the memory lapses and mood swings may be hard for him, but are even harder for his wife FrancesIt’s been two months since Michael Lipman was diagnosed with mild dementia, two weeks …

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Michael Lipman: ‘If I knew then what I know now, I’d have been a lot more careful’

The former England flanker has mild dementia and probable CTE and says the memory lapses and mood swings may be hard for him, but are even harder for his wife FrancesIt’s been two months since Michael Lipman was diagnosed with mild dementia, two weeks …

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Steve Thompson: ‘I can’t remember winning the World Cup’ | Andy Bull

In an exclusive interview the former England hooker talks about living with dementia, feeling like ‘a bit of meat’ in his career and how, if he could go back, he would not play rugbyAfter Steve Thompson won the World Cup in 2003, he took part in the vi…

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Why is the ICC not giving its World Test Championship the chance to shine? | Andy Bull

It is bizarre for the ICC chairman to say cricket needs to go back to the drawing board before the first final has been playedAmong all the many obstacles to this job in the past few months, the hardest has been that I’ve had to share our one TV screen…

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Jonny May’s athletic sorcery reignites debate about the greatest tries | Andy Bull

Rugby’s rich history reaches down the decades but was the wing’s spectacular score against Ireland the best by an Englishman at Twickenham?Close your eyes and the shape of it should start to come back to you, even if the details are a little hazy after…

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Why has it taken 50 years for football to connect heading with concussion? | Andy Bull

Historical research and testimony linking brain injuries with the game shows that this train of thought is nothing newSome interviewees ask as many questions as they answer. Talk to the families of footballers suffering from dementia, and they will tel…

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Michael Holding: ‘This is something I’ve had inside of me for years’

When his experiences of racism went viral, the West Indies legend reached an audience beyond cricket. ‘It’s society that needs fixing’Twenty minutes into our interview, Michael Holding starts to cry. He is in the middle of a story about a holiday he to…

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Augusta should not have taken 50 years to honour the pioneering Lee Elder | Andy Bull

First black golfer to play in the Masters will be an honorary starter next year but Lee Elder’s achievement deserved to be recognised soonerUntil Lee Elder played the Masters in 1975, most of the black people at Augusta National were there working as c…

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Chris Gayle, cricket’s master of the six, clears yet another T20 boundary | Andy Bull

The huge-hitting West Indies star now has 1,001 T20 sixes, with more maximums to his name than any international teamAnd now for something completely different. The Rajasthan Royals played the Kings XI Punjab in Abu Dhabi last Friday, and while they we…

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‘Dementia in football is rife and the game is not doing enough to help’

Gary Chilton, whose father, Chris, scored a record 222 goals for Hull City, accuses the PFA of treating former players with dementia ‘like the elephant in the room’Ten days ago the Chilton family were at breaking point. Chris Chilton, 77, was diagnosed…