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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…

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Sacrificing Ashes for a World Cup win appears worthwhile for England | Vic Marks

It was not a perfect summer and the Test side requires work but Trevor Bayliss delivered the prize England coveted the mostAfter it was all over there were smiles rather than jubilation at the Oval and a few sighs of relief – from both sides. Australia…

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Captaincy burden may be robbing England of Joe Root’s greatest asset | Vic Marks

England need only to look to the example of Steve Smith to see how relinquishing the captaincy can restore batting formThe serious postmortems are on hold since there is barely time to breathe between Test matches. The outsiders have not been playing a…

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Ben Stokes’s teammates have chance to pay off their debt at Old Trafford | Vic Marks

All-rounder kept the Ashes series alive with his brilliance at Headingley and surely enabled some of his England colleagues to retain their places for the fourth Test in ManchesterThanks to Ben Stokes, there is still an Ashes series to savour. Thanks t…

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From ‘village cricketer’ to cult hero: Jack Leach relives his 17-ball epic | Vic Marks

He scored just one run but in his match-winning stand with Ben Stokes, England’s No 11 became the owner of cricket’s most famous pair of spectacles since the days of David SteeleWell, his running between the wickets borders on the diabolical. It is not…

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England and Australia openers under scrutiny amid Ashes uncertainty | Vic Marks

Jason Roy’s form has England pondering their order while Australia may juggle their bowlers again at HeadingleyAct III may bring some new protagonists. There are a few batsmen out there whose contributions so far have been akin to that of the second gr…

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Steve Smith’s fitness doubt and Jofra Archer’s impact provide mood swing | Vic Marks

Australia’s key problem heading into the third Test surrounds their best batsman while England have a new special weaponThe respite between Tests is brief but at least there is some scope for measured decisions. For Australia the key problem surrounds …

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Lord’s awaits Jofra Archer and England will hope for instant impact | Vic Marks

Joe Root needs Archer’s debut to be like that of Tony Greig or Kevin Pietersen rather than Graeme Hick or Andy CaddickThe advent of any Test debutant is a source of excitement. But some are more exciting than others. On Wednesday, if the weather permit…

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Moeen Ali can be an England stalwart again despite Nathan Lyon mauling | Vic Marks

The spinner has been dropped after struggling in the first Ashes Test, leaving England with more questions to answer at Lord’sNathan Lyon has not been as vociferous at the start of this Ashes series as he was before the last one in November 2017. There…

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England forced to consider how many, not whether, to make changes | Vic Marks

Chance to lift gloom after defeat in first Ashes Test is not helped by the lack of red-ball practice of possible replacementsWe all make mistakes but most of us manage to do so without attracting too much attention. However, this luxury is not given to…

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Old enemies ready for battle but Ashes series is much too close to call | Vic Marks

England’s World Cup triumph has meant a shorter, lower-key buildup to a series against Australia that promises melodramaThis is the summer that keeps on giving. It is debatable whether fans are ready for another gut-wrenching, umbrella-handle-chewing s…

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Ashes fervour is sure to maintain melodrama of this crazy summer | Vic Marks

A tied World Cup final, 85 all out against Ireland and a face-saving demolition have left the public wanting more and the Ashes between England and Australia is next in lineThe melodrama cannot be sustained throughout the Ashes, can it? A tied World Cu…

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Ben Stokes named vice-captain as Jofra Archer makes England’s Ashes squad

• England announce 14-strong squad for first Test at Edgbaston• Stokes reappointed after 2017 sacking; Jack Leach misses outEngland may have one Test debutant at Edgbaston and they will certainly have a different vice-captain. The selection of Jofra Ar…

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Epic final defines a triumphant World Cup – will it spark a cricket revival? | Vic Marks

England have the spoils, to New Zealand goes the glory, and the nation has a chance to fall back in love with cricket againIt is a phrase that is usually painfully glib or laden with irony but for once it may be appropriate: perhaps cricket really was …

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Trust and freedom: how Bayliss and Morgan have empowered England

Sunday’s World Cup final appearance is a testament to the calm leadership of two men who do not crave the limelight but will be deserving of its glare if England win at Lord’sEoin Morgan and his England team do not appear to be running scared. The prov…

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England have the chance to make history but Australia stand in the way

The host nation are bidding to reach their first World Cup final since 1992 but must overcome a relaxed AustraliaAustralia at Edgbaston with a World Cup final in prospect. It is time to salivate or fret or rejoice depending on your disposition. Despite…

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England’s World Cup batting buoyancy returns with Jason Roy

• Batsman missed defeats by Sri Lanka and Australia• Roy in contention for Ashes place, says Trevor BaylissJason Roy is more than a talisman. When he scores runs England tend to win, which is why they are so delighted he is back and 100% fit – almost. …

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Jimmy Anderson a serious doubt for start of England’s Ashes campaign

• Bowler tore calf muscle playing for Lancashire against Durham• Injury could put Jofra Archer in frame for first Test at EdgbastonJimmy Anderson, England’s record-breaking seam bowler and the spearhead of the bowling attack, is in serious danger of mi…

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Welcome glimpse of England’s Cricket World Cup charge would still infuriate | Vic Marks

The bemusement of Liam Plunkett and co is understandable – their glory bid should be available to all on free-to-air TVThere has been a buzz around the England camp as well as a sense of puzzlement. They are in the semi-finals; they are playing well, t…