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My favourite game: Lask Linz v Manchester United, Europa League | Tim de Lisle

In their last game before lockdown, United played with the very thing we’re all lacking right now: freedomThe times they are a-changing us in ways, large and small, that we didn’t see coming. Normally, sitting on the sofa soaking up some sport, I’m a s…

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The Spin | Simultaneous series could be the answer to England’s shortened season | Tim de Lisle

Squeezing the season into three months doesn’t look feasible – unless Test and ODI teams were picked to play at the same time In cricket, as in life, everything is up in the air. The administrators, especially, are caught between the devil and the deep…

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South Africa v England: third T20 international – live!

Live updates from Supersport Park, Centurion, 12.30pm (GMT) startEngland swat aside New Zealand in Women’s T20 World Cup warm-upFeel free to email Tim or tweet @TimdeLisle 12.33pm GMT 1st over: South Africa 11-0 (Bavuma 10, de Kock 1) Moeen starts wit…

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South Africa v England: second Twenty20 international – live!

All the action from the second T20 in DurbanEmail Tim or get in touch via Twitter 3.38pm GMT SA change a winning team, as their golden odie Dale Steyn takes a breather and Bjorn Fortuin steps up. England stick with a losing team, so still no Malan, who…

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South Africa v England: second Twenty20 international – live!

All the action from the second T20 in DurbanEmail Tim or get in touch via Twitter 3.38pm GMT SA change a winning team, as their golden odie Dale Steyn takes a breather and Bjorn Fortuin steps up. England stick with a losing team, so still no Malan, who…

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South Africa v England: second Twenty20 international – live!

All the action from the second T20 in DurbanEmail Tim or get in touch via Twitter 3.38pm GMT SA change a winning team, as their golden odie Dale Steyn takes a breather and Bjorn Fortuin steps up. England stick with a losing team, so still no Malan, who…

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South Africa v England: third Test, day three – live!

Over-by-over updates with the series tied at 1-1Rabada banned for final Test against EnglandGet in touch! Email Tim or tweet @TimdeLisle 4.14pm GMT Morning everyone. England’s cricketers have just woken up to face an unfamiliar challenge: how do you fo…

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New Zealand v England: second T20 international – live!

Updates from the second T20 international in WellingtonVince guides England to victory in Christchurch openerSend your thoughts to Tim by email or twitter 12.41am GMT One change for NZ too, as they bring in Jimmy Neesham for Scott Kuggeleijn. Since Nee…

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Eighth wonder: the pleasure in the pain of being a Manchester United fan these days | Tim de Lisle

Winning everything for a couple of decades was fun but since Sir Alex Ferguson departed supporting United has become far more exasperating and yet arguably far more interesting“And Manchester United,” said Mark Chapman on Match of the Day 2, “are eight…

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England must consider the captaincy, top four and wicketkeeper | Tim de Lisle

Several problems with the makeup of the side have become clear during the Ashes and action is needed to resolve themJoe Root is not a disaster – he has still not lost a home series – but his captaincy weakens England in two ways. It diminishes their on…

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England’s Ashes puzzles: what to do about Anderson, Roy – and Stokes | Tim de Lisle

Who makes room for Jimmy Anderson? Should Jason Roy be dropped or moved? And how do make sure Ben Stokes is still on song? There is plenty to ponder before the fourth TestEngland’s greatest bowler of the past decade has just proved his fitness again af…

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The Ashes: five things England can do to bounce back | Tim de Lisle

Enlist Jofra Archer, limit Joe Root’s options and make better use of Jos Buttler’s brain – how England might turn things roundJoe Root’s England have made a habit of losing one Test in a series. In his collection of home results, Root has a 4-1, a 3-1,…

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Jason Roy can stake Ashes claim as Ireland target another scalp | Tim de Lisle

Ireland will fancy their chances of an upset in their third Test, against an England side without Stokes, Buttler and ArcherAfter climbing cricket’s highest peak, England face what should be their easiest Test in years: a four-day game, at home, agains…

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‘Everything we wished for’: boyhood memories of the first Cricket World Cup final

In June 1975, Australia and West Indies played in the inaugural final. For a 12-year-old obsessive, it felt like a miracleThe World Cup final was quite an occasion, with 26,000 people packed into Lord’s. The players were wearing whites, with no names o…

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Kane Williamson: the quiet captain standing in England’s way

The talismanic leader has been at his best throughout the World Cup and the hopes of a nation rest on his shouldersHow many stars do you need in a one-day cricket team? The great powers of the game – India, Australia and England – have six or seven eac…

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Five things England must do to avoid crashing out of the World Cup | Tim de Lisle

More imaginative selections are required, fielding must be ruthless and Joe Root given a new roleEoin Morgan is a fearless captain but quite a cautious selector. His response to a limp display against Sri Lanka was to pick an unchanged team. Liam Plunk…

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England v Pakistan: fifth ODI – live!

Over-by-over report from the action at HeadingleyWilley and Tom Curran fight for last World Cup spotEmail tim.delisle.casual@theguardian.com | Tweet @TimdeLisle 11.06am BST Well, on Twitter, armed, as ever, with a theory. “I noticed at Bristol that Pak…

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Root joins Murray and Southgate in standing up for social tolerance | Tim de Lisle

England captain has done cricket a great service – his reaction to a perceived homophobic remark was cool, calm, collected … and rightCricketers call it sledging, or chirping: the business of trying to undermine your opponent with verbal abuse. It’s a …

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The Spin | Sheer pace is sheer bliss though fast bowlers often blow hot and cold

Mark Wood’s Sunday spell in St Lucia was a refreshing reminder of how pace bowling turns a slow game into a fast oneThere are certain words that are crying out to have “sheer” in front of them. Sheer bliss. Sheer lunacy. Sheer pace.In cricket, sheer pa…

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Sri Lanka v England: second Test heads for thrilling finale – live!

Over-by-over updates from day five of the second TestThe Spin: sign up and get our weekly cricket emailAnd feel free to email Tim or tweet him @TimdeLisle 6.47pm GMT If anything is worth getting up at four in the morning for, it’s this. After four abso…