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Covid-19 checkpoints a possibility as ECB considers staging internationals

Isolation units could be a feature at grounds this summerECB’s Steve Elworthy looking into behind-closed-doors matchesCoronavirus – latest updates | See all our coronavirus coverageCoronavirus testing checkpoints and isolation units could become featur…

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Andrew Strauss believes five-day Tests should stay unless case compels

• ICC committee member open to four-day Tests but unconvinced • ‘It should be an easy sell or we shouldn’t be doing it’Andrew Strauss has insisted there must be an overwhelming case for the proposed switch to four-day Test cricket or it should not occu…

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Adil Rashid: ‘If I don’t get a Test deal, I need to decide what to do next’

The Yorkshire and England leg-spinner is at a crossroads and considering a return to white-ball specialismAdil Rashid is due to sit down with Yorkshire to discuss his future amid thoughts of a return to white-ball specialism in order to prolong his pla…

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Cricket World Cup final could yet be shown on free-to-air platform

• Sky executives understood to be considering one-off move• Options include online streaming of Lord’s final on 14 JulyThe Cricket World Cup final could yet be shown on a free-to-air platform in the UK, with the rights holder, Sky, understood to be con…

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England’s Alex Hales banned for 21 days for recreational drug use

Batsman fails ECB recreational drugs policy for second timeHales still expected at England training camp this weekendThe England batsman and World Cup contender Alex Hales is serving a 21-day ban from cricket for recreational drug use, the Guardian can…

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Alex Hales: ‘It takes 10 seconds to get an image, 10 years to undo it’

Nottinghamshire opener regrets conduct on a night out in Bristol with Ben Stokes and remains desperate to play a part in what he describes as the biggest year in English cricket historyIt is media day at a sun?drenched Trent Bridge and after Nottingham…

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Durham double down on Cameron Bancroft by giving him captaincy

• Decision comes a year after ball-tampering scandal• Western Australia duties mean he will miss first gameDurham are set to name their new signing Cameron Bancroft as captain for the start of the county season, a year on from the Australian ball-tampe…

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Ashes could herald new era for Tests with names and numbers on shirts

• Series will be first in new ICC World Test Championship• England to face Australia at Edgbaston on 1 AugustEngland’s and Australia’s cricketers are set to wear shirts with names and numbers on the back during this summer’s Ashes – a first in 142 year…

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Adil Rashid to sign new contract at Yorkshire as an all-format cricketer

• Agreement will end impasse started by England Test call-up• Leg-spinner to be avaiable for red-ball cricket with countyAdil Rashid looks set to re-commit to Yorkshire as an all-format cricketer and bring to an end to a summer-long impasse after turni…

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Ashley Giles turns down approach to be ECB’s new national selector

• Former England spinner remains Warwickshire sporting director• Andrew Strauss advertised the role two weeks agoAshley Giles has turned down an approach from the England and Wales Cricket Board to become its new national selector.Andrew Strauss, the …

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ICC considers radical plan to curb power of Twenty20 and save Test cricket

• New suggestions aim to regulate rapid spread of T20• West Indies, England and Australia all support push for changeThe International Cricket Council is set to consider a series of radical proposals designed to stem the talent drain caused by domestic…

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Chris Silverwood accepts role as England’s fast-bowling coach

• 42-year-old leaves county champions Essex to take up permanent role • Former England seamer expected to join set-up during Ashes seriesChris Silverwood, the mastermind behind Essex winning the county championship this year, has accepted the role as …

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Pakistan to host international cricket again with T20 series versus World XI

• Four-match Independence Cup series to take place in Lahore in September
• Giles Clarke: ‘The terrorists cannot win – cricket must not give up on Pakistan’

The International Cricket Council is planning to send a World XI to Pakistan in late September for a four-match Twenty20 series in Lahore that will look to build on the successful staging of the Pakistan Super League final in the city on Sunday.

The four-match series at the Gaddafi Stadium – to be called The Independence Cup to mark the 70th anniversary of partition – is intended to continue the reintroduction of top-level cricket to the country after a near eight-year hiatus. The break resulted from the attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in 2009 and has meant Pakistan, bar one series against Zimbabwe two years ago, have played home internationals at neutral venues.

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Jason Gillespie says the timing is perfect for Joe Root to become England captain

• Former Yorkshire coach believes it would take Root’s game to ‘next level’
• Adds that it he would benefit from the continued presence of Alastair Cook

As England supporters await confirmation of Joe Root’s ascension to the Test captaincy, monitoring events from Australia is the former Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie, who after five years watching the 26-year-old’s rise from fresh-faced rookie to leading Test batsman believes the timing could not be better.

Gillespie, who drew stumps on his golden spell in charge at Headingley last summer, shares none of the fears Root will be overburdened by the responsibility, instead expecting a surge in runs and a proactive style in keeping with the current generation’s desire to be aggressive.

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Yorkshire set to announce Andrew Gale as Jason Gillespie’s successor as coach

• Club captain set to be unveiled as new coach on Monday
• Gale masterminded club’s back-to-back title wins with Gillespie

Yorkshire are set to announce that their club captain, Andrew Gale, has been appointed as successor to Jason Gillespie in the role of first team coach.

The 32-year-old Gale, who alongside Gillespie masterminded the club’s back-to-back County Championship titles in 2014 and 2015, is understood to have accepted the position after Martyn Moxon, the Yorkshire director of cricket, confirmed on Friday that a decision has been reached.

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Jimmy Anderson set to miss Bangladesh tour with persistent shoulder injury

• Scan reveals England’s record wicket-taker needs longer lay-off
• Bowler faces going into five-Test India series undercooked

Jimmy Anderson is set to miss England’s tour of Bangladesh due to the shoulder injury that dogged his summer, giving the team management a headache over his fitness before the Test series against India in November.

Anderson, 34, has not played since the Test series with Pakistan in August in order to help him recover from the stress fracture to his right shoulder blade that was discovered earlier in the season and caused a selection row before the Lord’s Test with Pakistan. But it is understood that scans this week have shown that a longer break is now required in order to complete the healing process, with the two-Test series against Bangladesh that starts in Chittagong on 20 October expected to be too soon.

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Jimmy Anderson set to miss Bangladesh tour with persistent shoulder injury

• Scan reveals England’s record wicket-taker needs longer lay-off
• Bowler faces going into five-Test India series undercooked

Jimmy Anderson is set to miss England’s tour of Bangladesh due to the shoulder injury that dogged his summer, giving the team management a headache over his fitness before the Test series against India in November.

Anderson, 34, has not played since the Test series with Pakistan in August in order to help him recover from the stress fracture to his right shoulder blade that was discovered earlier in the season and caused a selection row before the Lord’s Test with Pakistan. But it is understood that scans this week have shown that a longer break is now required in order to complete the healing process, with the two-Test series against Bangladesh that starts in Chittagong on 20 October expected to be too soon.

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Ian Bell under consideration for England tours of Bangladesh and India

• Head coach Trevor Bayliss sounds out Warwickshire right-hander
• The 34-year-old has not played for England since November 2015

Ian Bell is being considered for a possible Test recall this winter, having already been sounded out by the England head coach, Trevor Bayliss, regarding his desire to return. Bell, 34, has not played for England since the 2-0 defeat by Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates in November last year but, with middle-order problems having hindered the side since then, his 118 Test caps and 11 years of international experience could yet see him win a place for the tours to Bangladesh and India.

Related: England’s failings with the bat open the comeback door for Ian Bell

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England hold talks with spin specialist Saqlain Mushtaq about consultancy

• Former Pakistan bowler may advise Bayliss’s team later in summer
• Saqlain’s appointment would aid Moeen Ali’s development as an all-rounder

Saqlain Mushtaq, the former Pakistan international, is understood to have been contacted by England as they look to bring in a spin-bowling consultant for the latter half of the summer.

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