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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…

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England become team to avoid with all Eoin Morgan’s players fit and firing | Vic Marks

Jason Roy is on form, Jofra Archer indispensable, so India and Australia want group wins to miss World Cup hosts in the semisSuddenly the square pegs are fitting into square holes. England have their semi-final at Edgbaston, where they like playing, an…

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England face tense occasion to reach Cricket World Cup semi-finals | Vic Marks

New Zealand offers a contrasting challenge to India but the stakes are just as high with a win enough to seal progressionThis is the most important white-ball cricket match for England since … well, last Sunday. Beat New Zealand in Chester-le-Street on…

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England must gamble on Jason Roy to keep World Cup alive and beat India

Three defeats mean Eoin Morgan’s side have to win and to do so they need to be bold against India’s brilliant bowlersEngland’s most important white-ball cricket match for four years has come a little earlier than expected. The anticipation was that it …

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Eoin Morgan faces ultimate test in England’s crunch World Cup week | Vic Marks

Captain needs to rally his team with their semi-final hopes in the balance leading up to games against India and New ZealandNow it is getting tense in the England camp. They cannot afford many more mishaps. In fact they may not have room for any if the…

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‘Surreal’ time in the TMS booth that came about by accident | Vic Marks

In another extract from his new book, Vic Marks explains how his time with TMS started in India and why his favourite commentator was Tony CozierWorking on Test Match Special has never been my main job and on most days it does not feel like a job at al…

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Botham, Richards and Garner’s dramatic Somerset exit: the inside story | Vic Marks

In an exclusive extract from his new book Original Spin, Vic Marks talks about the tensions that tore his county team apart in 1986Shockwaves were felt across Somerset at the end of the 1986 season when the club announced that their overseas players, V…

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Trevor Bayliss avows to heed wake-up call as Australia lie in wait

Coach unruffled by shock Sri Lanka defeat but his side cannot afford to ‘take it easy’ any more at their World CupAs in the 2011 World Cup in India when England single-handedly ensured that the qualifying stages retained our interest by losing to Irela…

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England must balance realism and respect as Afghanistan await | Vic Marks

It perhaps looks like injuries have come at the right time for the hosts but Afghanistan have a bowling attack and spirit that is going to surprise somebody at this World CupAn England scout at Cardiff taking notes on Afghanistan’s latest match – their…

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Chris Gayle may not be biggest of England’s problems against Windies | Vic Marks

The size of the Hampshire Bowl combined with West Indies’ short-ball bowling could make it tough for England’s batsmenA big game on a big ground against some big blokes. At the Hampshire Bowl – as it is called throughout the World Cup – England meet We…

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England’s Mark Wood hopes West Indies worry about facing his pace

• Fast bowler troubled next World Cup opponents in spring tour • ‘It is a team I’ve had success against,’ Wood saysOne feature of the World Cup so far has been the importance of quality pace bowling. This was not on display on Tuesday in Bristol, where…