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England’s Sam Curran tests negative for Covid-19 after feeling unwell

All-rounder can return to training within next 48 hoursOlly Pope scores a half-century during practice matchThe best news for England came from within the Hilton Hotel rather than the pitch on Friday. Just after lunch it was announced that Sam Curran’s…

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Concern for England as Sam Curran is tested for Covid-19 after falling ill

All-rounder self-isolates after sickness overnightResults of Curran’s test expected on FridayEngland’s smooth preparations for the Test series against West Indies were undermined by the news that Sam Curran spent the day self-isolating in his room afte…

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Jack Leach ready to reclaim place after illness setbacks | Vic Marks

Slow left-armer in good spirits despite months of misfortune and the strangeness of dealing with a biosecure regimeThe pandemic has been tough for all cricketers, professional and recreational, but among the elite now based at the Rose Bowl it has sure…

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Jack Leach ready to reclaim place after illness setbacks | Vic Marks

Slow left-armer in good spirits despite months of misfortune and the strangeness of dealing with a biosecure regimeThe pandemic has been tough for all cricketers, professional and recreational, but among the elite now based at the Rose Bowl it has sure…

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Being 12th man: a time when your prime cricketing skills are no longer required | Vic Marks

Fielding, bringing drinks, trips to the chip shop and having to wear a luminous bib are all part of being out of the side The England players are locked away in luxury and, as Ashley Giles has pointed out, it’s going to be tough for them – “no holiday …

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Ashley Giles warns England players isolation bubble will be no holiday camp

Squad to isolate at Ageas Bowl for West Indies seriesECB cricket director trusts players to follow rulesThirty England cricketers, their coaches and one or two of their bosses are exploring unknown territory. They have all been to the Ageas Bowl before…

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Streams, spinners and bubbles: counties ponder all options for restart

There are plenty of obstacles ahead but counties are optimistic about a return to action this summerWhen Vikram Solanki takes his first training session as the head coach of Surrey on Monday morning, he will be giving his players red balls to use. This…

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All cricketers fail but great ones decide it was not their fault | Vic Marks

Though England’s players will be rusty after a long lay-off the best have enough self-belief to resist any suggestion of frailtyRC Robertson-Glasgow, cricket writer nonpareil, once famously asked: “Who ever hoped like a cricketer?” As England’s chosen …

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Fifty-year itch scratched: Glamorgan’s Alan Jones gets his England cap at last | Vic Marks

The classy opening batsman’s one England appearance, in 1970, has finally been recognised in a Zoom ceremony led by Joe RootA wonderful ambush, organised by the England and Wales Cricket Board in concert with Hugh Morris, took place in Wales on Wednesd…

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Fifty-year itch scratched: Glamorgan’s Alan Jones gets his England cap at last | Vic Marks

The classy opening batsman’s one England appearance, in 1970, has finally been recognised in a Zoom ceremony led by Joe RootA wonderful ambush, organised by the England and Wales Cricket Board in concert with Hugh Morris, took place in Wales on Wednesd…

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West Indies fighting off the boredom as they prepare for England Tests

Phil Simmons says West Indies ‘feel secure’ in ManchesterConcerns over batting before first Test on 8 JulyThe coaches of West Indies and Pakistan were giving Zoom interviews on Saturday and there was one common thread. Now the talk is about how the Tes…

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West Indies fighting off the boredom as they prepare for England Tests

Phil Simmons says West Indies ‘feel secure’ in ManchesterConcerns over batting before first Test on 8 JulyThe coaches of West Indies and Pakistan were giving Zoom interviews on Saturday and there was one common thread. Now the talk is about how the Tes…

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Geoffrey and me: four decades with Boycott, on and off the field | Vic Marks

As an England teammate and TMS colleague I’ve admired Geoffrey Boycott’s work as a batsman and broadcasterThis is not an obituary. There is life after Test Match Special. Henry Blofeld, recently back from the Real Marigold Hotel, is proof of that, alth…

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It will be a team decision if we protest over George Floyd, says Jason Holder

West Indies captain says full squad will be on ‘same page’Tourists delighted to be in Manchester and playing againIt is just as well that Jason Holder is an experienced, intelligent captain – and diplomat – as he heads up an unusual expedition in unusu…

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Jason Holder hails ‘huge step forward’ as West Indies arrive for England tour

First of three Tests scheduled to begin on 8 July Players in biosecure bubble for seven-week visitThe West Indies squad have landed in Manchester and are now safely tucked away in their hotel, which overlooks the pitch at Old Trafford.For the next fort…

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Jason Holder hails ‘huge step forward’ as West Indies arrive for England tour

First of three Tests scheduled to begin on 8 July Players in biosecure bubble for seven-week visitThe West Indies squad have landed in Manchester and are now safely tucked away in their hotel, which overlooks the pitch at Old Trafford.For the next fort…

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England’s long list leaves those who failed to make cut beyond consolation | Vic Marks

Any player not included in the 55-man group named by selectors has little hope of an international futureThere must be some grumpy English professional cricketers out there this weekend. Let me try to bowdlerise their thoughts: “Our wise selectors have…

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Covid subs could allow cricket safe return but replacement rules should remain strict | Vic Marks

If a player contracts coronavirus he could be isolated and substituted as an extension of the concussion regulationsEngland’s Test series against West Indies and Pakistan look ever more likely to happen, albeit behind closed doors. We await confirmatio…

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Covid subs could allow cricket safe return but replacement rules should remain strict | Vic Marks

If a player contracts coronavirus he could be isolated and substituted as an extension of the concussion regulationsEngland’s Test series against West Indies and Pakistan look ever more likely to happen, albeit behind closed doors. We await confirmatio…

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Cricket’s obsession with the ball shines on despite sidelining of saliva | Vic Marks

Covid-19 has caused the ICC to step in but players have tried various means to manipulate the ball and help their bowlersFor the casual observer the discussion about cricket-ball maintenance must seem bizarre given all the other issues surrounding the …