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Wisden 2020 offers plenty of scope for cricket-loving self-isolators | Vic Marks

The little yellow monster is coronavirus-free and references the summer of Ben Stokes and the much-missed Bob WillisHere is a timely arrival for cricket lovers. What better way to self-isolate than to escape into some of the 1,536 pages of this year’s …

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England cricketers willing to dig deep but county game will be hit hard | Vic Marks

The £500,000 donated by Joe Root and his team is a worthy start but clubs and their players face a difficult balancing actThe last time I was in the Lord’s museum I spotted a letter of 1981 with the familiar Somerset CCC logo at the top in one of the d…

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Cricket could use its enforced pause to find a way forward | Vic Marks

Saving this summer’s internationals, T20 Blast and The Hundred is beyond the ECB’s control during the coronavirus crisis, so perhaps the hiatus should be used to reform the gameSeptember 2019. Was there ever a better time to be a professional cricketer…

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My favourite game: Somerset v Essex, 1978 Gillette Cup semi-final | Vic Marks

My scurried 33 and one appalling over played second fiddle to late drama and Viv Richards’s brilliance that put us in the finalOn 16 August 1978, Taunton’s little County Ground was packed and the gates were locked until the chairman of the club, Herbie…

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My favourite game: Somerset v Essex, 1978 Gillette Cup semi-final | Vic Marks

My scurried 33 and one appalling over played second fiddle to late drama and Viv Richards’s brilliance that put us in the finalOn 16 August 1978, Taunton’s little County Ground was packed and the gates were locked until the chairman of the club, Herbie…

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Busy cricketing calendar leaves ECB with limited space for rescheduling

Calling off the tour of Sri Lanka needed to be done but the decision will affect all forms of the game in EnglandBriefly there was the possibility England’s cricketers may provide a semblance of normality given Sri Lanka has so far managed to avoid hav…

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Joe Root says England players’ ‘minds were elsewhere’ over coronavirus

• Captain outlines relief over cancellation of Sri Lanka tour• ‘You’re thinking about vulnerable family and friends’Joe Root has outlined how the decision to abandon England’s tour of Sri Lanka was driven more by the unsettling effect of the coronaviru…

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The Spin’s 2030 predictions: England win European Cup after passport farce

A decade after his predictions for 2020, Vic Marks looks at what might happen 10 years from now, including why Jimmy Anderson is unhappy with the vegan Duke ballsSir Andrew Strauss, chairman of the England Cricket Board, has delivered his annual report…

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England face tyranny of choice and South Africa’s galaxy of backroom stars | Vic Marks

Chris Silverwood’s Test series squad looks excessive at 19 while their hosts have stacked their staff with heroes of the pastBefore landing in South Africa the sages in the England setup had an abundance of options, enough to keep them agonising for ho…

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Joe Root seeks crucial gains against familiar leader of the opposition | Vic Marks

The England captain needs runs and victories against a South Africa side who have turned to their former captain Graeme Smith for guidance at a time of disarrayThe last time England set off on a winter tour at election time they were also heading for S…

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Joe Root left out of England’s T20 squad to face South Africa

England Test skipper will play in 50-over matchesAll other senior players are back in the T20 squadJoe Root has been omitted from England’s T20 squad to play against South Africa in February after the Test series. This is likely to provoke mixed feelin…

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Jack Leach: ‘To see how my one not out affected so many was a special thing’ | Vic Marks

The England spinner’s innings during a remarkable Ashes win at Headingley turned him into a cult hero, known even to those who do not usually follow cricketJack Leach has learned to take nothing for granted. He is England’s senior spinner while Moeen A…

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Jack Leach: ‘To see how my one not out affected so many was a special thing’ | Vic Marks

The England spinner’s innings during a remarkable Ashes win at Headingley turned him into a cult hero, known even to those who do not usually follow cricketJack Leach has learned to take nothing for granted. He is England’s senior spinner while Moeen A…

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England’s contract issue central to the international future for Moeen Ali

All-rounder is not on trip to South Africa with Test team and can plot career path on lucrative franchise circuitThe size of England’s tour party to South Africa betrays the uncertainties. A squad of 17 players is unusual given there are two warm-up ma…

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Bob Willis, hero of Headingley, inspired teammates with his excellence| Vic Marks

Former England fast bowler and captain helped turn around the 1981 Ashes before becoming an outspoken commentatorBob Willis was one of England’s greatest fast bowlers. His 325 wickets from 90 matches place him at number four in the list of all-time Eng…

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Domestic calendar makes Test selectors’ task harder with The Hundred centre stage | Vic Marks

There will be only three rounds of matches next year in the three months that constitute high summer, offering few chances for those seeking to break into Joe Root’s teamOne day after a numbing, naive innings defeat against New Zealand the impetus for …

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Domestic calendar makes Test selectors’ task harder with The Hundred centre stage | Vic Marks

There will be only three rounds of matches next year in the three months that constitute high summer, offering few chances for those seeking to break into Joe Root’s teamOne day after a numbing, naive innings defeat against New Zealand the impetus for …

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The Spin | Travel fails to broaden the mind when it comes to the Hundred

New tournament divides opinion between those with a vested interest and those who fail to see the need for a fourth formatThe little cricketing hiatus seems to be over. We can tell that is the case because the admirable and ubiquitous Isa Guha is back …

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Chris Silverwood brings more homely touch to England’s quest for success

England’s new coach likely to be a calm supporter of players rather than a constant cajoler in the mould of Peter MooresThere are those who are distinctly underwhelmed by the elevation of Chris Silverwood to England’s head coach. They complain of a cos…

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England experience a boon for Chris Silverwood but it’s a big step up | Vic Marks

Chris Silverwood knows England’s cricketers and selectors well but the erstwhile bowling coach has taken on a great deal of extra responsibilityIn becoming only the second Englishman in two decades to be appointed as the national head coach, Chris Silv…