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The Spin | The freewheelin’ Bob Willis: tribute to a cricketing iconoclast

Willis represented more than sporting excellence, and put all of himself into his bowling, punditry and even his Dylan fandomThe world is a shocking place, full of daily tragedy and injustice. But in the last week, nothing pierced The Spin to the heart…

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Australia find stability with unchanged team for New Zealand Test

Justin Langer plans same side for third Test in a rowThree-Test series begins at Optus Stadium on ThursdayJustin Langer is eyeing a return to the stability of Australia’s Test side from his playing days as the hosts prepare to face New Zealand with an …

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England women win first ODI against Pakistan after huge opening stand

• England 284-6; Pakistan 209 – England win by 75 runs• Centuries for openers Tammy Beaumont and Danni WyattOpeners Tammy Beaumont and Danni Wyatt hit one-day international hundreds as England made a winning start against Pakistan in Malaysia.The pair …

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MCG curators ‘went a bit too far’ in adding life to Sheffield Shield pitch

Vic-WA match was abandoned on day two due to unsafe pitch‘We’ve got confidence for the Test match on Boxing Day’Cricket Australia’s head of operations Peter Roach says MCG curators went too far in their attempts to create more movement in the wicket. T…

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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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Sheffield Shield match abandoned after MCG pitch deemed still too dangerous

Ground staff unable to make pitch playable for Sunday after game halted previous day following player injuriesThe Sheffield Shield match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground between Victoria and Western Australia has been abandoned after attempts by ground …

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Sheffield Shield match abandoned after MCG pitch deemed still too dangerous

Ground staff unable to make pitch playable for Sunday after game halted previous day following player injuriesThe Sheffield Shield match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground between Victoria and Western Australia has been abandoned after attempts by ground …

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Bairstow and Anderson recalled for England Test series in South Africa

• Mark Wood also included in 17-man England squad• Moeen Ali remains unavailable for selectionJimmy Anderson and Jonny Bairstow have been recalled for England’s tour of South Africa, after missing the recent Test series defeat to New Zealand.The pair a…

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Bairstow and Anderson recalled for England Test series in South Africa

• Mark Wood also included in 17-man England squad• Moeen Ali remains unavailable for selectionJimmy Anderson and Jonny Bairstow have been recalled for England’s tour of South Africa, after missing the recent Test series defeat to New Zealand.The pair a…

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Moeen Ali’s Test break to continue with absence from England squad for South Africa

• All-rounder met Joe Root and England management this week• Moeen set to play in Pakistan Super League next yearMoeen Ali is expected to continue his break from Test cricket despite talks with Joe Root and the England management this week.Ed Smith, th…

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South Africa cricket crisis deepens after chief executive is suspended

• Thabang Moroe suspended in misconduct investigation• Cricketers’ Association calls for resignation of ruling boardCricket South Africa chief executive Thabang Moroe has been suspended as the crisis engulfing the governing body increases ahead of Engl…

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South African spin bowler Tabraiz Shamsi celebrates wicket with magic trick – video

South African spin bowler Tabrez Shamsi stunned those on the field and the spectators in the stand after celebrating a wicket by performing a magic trick. Shamsi dismissed Wihan Lubbe during a T20 match in South Africa before taking out a red handkerch…

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‘The full shebang’: WBBL goes from strength to strength as finals loom | Megan Schutt

I wasn’t convinced before the WBBL’s first standalone season, but the competition has delivered in every way possible and I’m sure the finals this weekend will produce some exciting cricketWhen I first heard how the WBBL season was going to be structur…

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Duncan Hamilton wins William Hill Sports Book of the Year for third time

• Biography of iconic cricket writer Neville Cardus wins• Author is first writer to win award three timesDuncan Hamilton has won the 31st William Hill Sports Book of the Year, making him the only author in the award’s history to have triumphed three ti…

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Duncan Hamilton wins William Hill Sports Book of the Year for third time

• Biography of iconic cricket writer Neville Cardus wins• Author is first writer to win award three timesDuncan Hamilton has won the 31st William Hill Sports Book of the Year, making him the only author in the award’s history to have triumphed three ti…

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The best of Bob Willis, Manchester derby memories and karting on ice | Classic YouTube

This week’s roundup also features dropped catches, teddy bear tossing and Tiger Woods magic1) RIP Bob Willis. The legendary cricketer, commentator and former England captain died aged 70 on Wednesday. Where else to start our tribute than Headingley 198…

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Graham Thorpe urges England to learn lessons of New Zealand series defeat

• Batting coach sets sights on South Africa series• Anderson, Wood and Bairstow expected to be named in squadThe final word on England’s series defeat in New Zealand came from Graham Thorpe. The assistant coach was standing in for the absent Chris Silv…

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Glenn Maxwell returns to Victoria training, is ‘not far away’ from playing

Maxwell hasn’t played since October, citing mental health issues‘I think he is doing everything he needs to do,’ says teammateGlenn Maxwell has taken another positive step in his comeback from a mental health break, with the all-rounder training with t…

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Hopes are again high but history says New Zealand will choke in Australia | Geoff Lemon

The Kiwis will venture across the Tasman full of confidence for their Test series against Australia. But on past experience, this New Zealand team will suffer stage fright like the ones beforeWe are expanding our coverage of New Zealand. Please help us…

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Bob Willis – a life in pictures

One of England’s most famous bowlers, Bob Willis, has died aged 70. The fast bowler captained England in both Tests and one day internationals and took 325 wickets in 90 Tests from 1971 to 1984. He later put his knowledge and experience to good use whe…