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England’s rising star Sam Curran becomes an IPL King for £800,000

• All-rounder joins Kings XI Punjab at auction• Curran one of five English IPL newcomersSam Curran emerged as the big winner from the English hopefuls in Tuesday’s Indian Premier League auction, capping his meteoric rise in international cricket this y…

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New Perth stadium passes first Test with flying bouncers | Geoff Lemon

Despite underwhelming crowds, the pitch delivered a degree of uncertainty that made for an uplifting encounterLean back with a satisfied sigh, a post-schweppervesence exhalation. Smack your lips if it takes your fancy. For those who care even a little …

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The Spin | Ed Smith avoids brickbats by proving to be a Test-class England selector

Former Kent batsman has been a breath of fresh air, challenging traditional thinking and not afraid to give youngsters a chanceChairmen of selectors are a bit like wicketkeepers. We only really notice them when they make terrible mistakes. Yet the incu…

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IPL 2019: player auction – live!

Updates from the Indian Premier League auction in JaipurChris Woakes, Sam Curran and Eoin Morgan in top groupEmail Niall or tweet @niallmcveigh with your thoughts 8.45am GMT Welcome to our rolling coverage of the Indian Premier League’s player auction….

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Focus on skill and not emotion rewards Tim Paine’s new Australia

Australia skittle India’s tail end before lunch on final dayPaine ‘relieved’ to post his first win as captainIt was with just enough of the old and just enough of the new that Tim Paine’s side found the necessary balance to win their first internationa…

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Australia wrap up victory to level Test series with India

Australia 326 & 243; India 283 & 140 | Hosts win by 146 runsAustralian bowlers mop up tail before lunch on day fiveAustralia wasted little time on the final day of the second Test to wrap up victory before lunch at Perth Stadium and level the s…

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Australia v India: second Test, day five – live!

Updates from the final day of play at Perth StadiumAny thoughts? Email or tweet @collinsadam 1.16am GMT Even if you enjoy the niggle between these cricketing giants… you probably wish Monkeygate was behind us forever. Sadly, not quite. As you can rea…

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Australia captain Tim Paine has sledging spat with Kohli at second Test

• Captains clash after pledge to tone down outbursts• Umpire forced to intervene during morning sessionThe Australia captain, Tim Paine, became embroiled in a sledging spat with his India counterpart, Virat Kohli, on the fourth day of the second Test i…

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Australia sense victory in second Test after brutal day in Perth

Australia 326 & 243; India 283 & 112-5 (41 overs) | Target 287Tourists still need 175 to win at stumps on day four Australia are on track to level the four-Test series after dismissing Virat Kohli and reducing India to 112-5 in a chase for 287 …

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Australia build lead despite imperious Virat Kohli century in second Test

Australia 326 & 132-4 (48 overs); India 283Australia lead by 175 runs at stumps on day threeOne thing that Virat Kohli does is makes you feel you’ve witnessed a classic.Not all innings are created equal. Cheteshwar Pujara in Adelaide and Kohli in P…

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Australia v India: second Test, day three – live!

Updates from the third day of play at Perth StadiumAny thoughts? Email or tweet @GeoffLemonSport 3.16am GMT 82nd over: India 209-4 (Kohli 100, Vihari 18) Hazlewood is the other new-ball taker, unsurprisingly. A couple of runs to Vihari through square l…

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Classy Virat Kohli leads India fightback in face of quality Australian bowling

India reach 3-172 with Kohli looking composed on 82 not outAustralia’s lead by 154 runs at stumps on day two in PerthVirat Kohli has provided predictably composed resistance in the second Test, classily conquering some quality bowling as India reached …

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Australia v India: second Test, day two – live!

Updates from the second day of play at Perth StadiumAny thoughts? Email or tweet @collinsadam 3.05am GMT 99th over: Australia 299-6 (Paine 32, Cummins 15) Okay, there is a change from Shami’s end but Umesh gets the ball. It is not a good start from the…

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Ashley Giles appointed England’s new director of cricket

• Former England left-arm spinner replaces Andrew Strauss• Appointment follows month-long recruitment processAshley Giles was appointed the new director of England cricket on Friday. The former England left-arm spinner, who is currently sporting direct…

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Australia edge India as momentum swings on first day of second Test

Australia 277-6 (Harris 70; Head 58; Finch 50)India fight back after 112-run opening partnershipMomentum swung violently on the first day of the second Test in Perth, where Australia’s most inexperienced batsmen stood up either side of an inspired figh…

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Australia v India: second Test, first day – live!

Updates from the opening day of play at Perth StadiumAny thoughts? Email or tweet @collinsadam 1.31am GMT Welcome to the first day of Test Cricket at Perth Stadium! It’s the second Border-Gavaskar Trophy fixture between Australia and India, the visitor…

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Virat Kohli excited by need for speed on lively Perth wicket | Adam Collins

A green pitch for the second Test between Australia and India has ensured the 22 yards in the middle are a major point of fascination“Four quicks?” Of all the familiar Waca Ground tropes, that this question would always be asked in the lead up to a Tes…

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Ashley Giles set to be named as England’s new director of cricket

Giles has been offered role as Andrew Strauss’s successorWarks director of sport expected to be appointed within daysAshley Giles is poised to be named as the new director of England cricket, with the former spinner understood to have been offered the …

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Australia head west and into the unknown for second Test against India | Geoff Lemon

The series moves to Perth and a new Test venue with plenty of local influence in the home team “A good South Australian question,” laughed Justin Langer at Adelaide airport when local journalists finished his departure press conference on the topics of…

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England’s Sam Curran set for high price at IPL cricket auction

• Eoin Morgan and Joe Root not among 18 English players• 2019 World Cup reduces time available to play in IPLSam Curran has been confirmed as one of 18 English players who will feature in next week’s Indian Premier League auction, with the Surrey all-r…