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Paul Farbrace to step down as England assistant coach after Caribbean tour

• Farbrace to join Warwickshire as their new sporting director• Blow for England at the start of World Cup and Ashes yearPaul Farbrace will stand down as England’s assistant coach at the end of their Caribbean tour. The 51-year-old announced on Saturda…

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Kusal Perera heroics lead Sri Lanka to remarkable Test win in South Africa

• South Africa 235 & 259; Sri Lanka 191 & 304-9• Tourists put on 78 for final wicket in dramatic finaleSri Lanka pulled off a stunning against-the-odds run chase to beat South Africa by one wicket in the first Test on Saturday as Kusal Perera a…

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Time to stand tall for Ashes: Root, Stokes, Burns and Wood can be key

Joe Root and Ben Stokes are more important than ever for England this summer while Rory Burns and Mark Wood may also step up“Cut off the head and the rest will follow” was a phrase often used in the dressing room of the great West Indies sides of the 8…

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Dan Christian heroics send Renegades into Big Bash League final

Renegades beat Sydney Sixers by three wicketsStars await in all-Melbourne final on SundayMelbourne Renegades will host cross-city rivals the Stars in Sunday’s BBL decider after claiming a thrilling three-wicket semi-final victory over Sydney Sixers.Set…

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Mark Wood: ‘You almost feel like a superhero … you’re absolutely flying’

England fast bowler was thrilled to make an explosive impact in the third Test against West Indies after years of frustrationWhat is it like to bowl at 95mph? For Mark Wood, whose scorching return to England’s Test team sent everyone a bit gaga in St L…

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Glenn Maxwell plays cool hand as Stars reach Big Bash final

Melbourne Stars beat Hobart Hurricanes by six wicketsMaxwell hits 43 not out; Daniel Worrell takes 4-23Daniel Worrall and Glenn Maxwell have propelled Melbourne Stars to an upset six-wicket win over Hobart Hurricanes and into the Big Bash League final….

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‘Do you like boys?’ Sorry Shannon Gabriel reveals Joe Root sledge

Gabriel extends ‘unreserved apology’ for third Test commentsWindies fast bowler was banned for four matches by ICCWest Indies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel has sought to clear the air over what he said to England captain Joe Root and extended an “unreser…

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Bayliss and Co more in the know despite losing series in West Indies | Vic Marks

Joe Root’s side lost the Wisden Trophy in seven days’ play but they are wiser as they prepare for a momentous summerIt has been a puzzling series which defied the bookmakers and the pundits. For West Indies it was an uplifting one as they regained the …

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Root joins Murray and Southgate in standing up for social tolerance | Tim de Lisle

England captain has done cricket a great service – his reaction to a perceived homophobic remark was cool, calm, collected … and rightCricketers call it sledging, or chirping: the business of trying to undermine your opponent with verbal abuse. It’s a …

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West Indies 2-1 England: Test series player ratings for the visitors

Mark Wood receives the highest mark while Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali also performed well in the CaribbeanThree Tests, 145 runs @ 24.16, three catches Continue reading…

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Shannon Gabriel banned for four ODIs after exchange with Joe Root

• Fast bowler clashed with England captain during third Test• Root said: ‘There’s nothing wrong with being gay’West Indies bowler Shannon Gabriel has accepted the International Cricket Council’s code of conduct charge relating to a comment made to Engl…

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Lauren Cheatle returns to Australia ODI squad after two-year absence

Elyse Villani overlooked with hamstring strain Series against New Zealand begins on 22 FebruaryLauren Cheatle’s two-year wait to return to Australian colours is on the verge of being complete after she was called into the one-day squad for the three-ma…

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Lauren Cheatle returns to Australia ODI squad after two-year absence

Elyse Villani overlooked with hamstring strain Series against New Zealand begins on 22 FebruaryLauren Cheatle’s two-year wait to return to Australian colours is on the verge of being complete after she was called into the one-day squad for the three-ma…

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England claim consolation win despite Roston Chase ton for West Indies

• England win third Test by 232 runs; West Indies take series 2-1 • Chase hits 102*; Anderson and Moeen both take three wicketsFor the third match in succession the victory march has been a procession utterly devoid of tension, which has been one of th…

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England’s Joe Root praised for response to alleged homophobia

Cricketer told West Indies’ Shannon Gabriel ‘there is nothing wrong with being gay’The England cricket captain Joe Root has been widely hailed for his response to alleged homophobic abuse after telling an opponent that “there is nothing wrong with bein…

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ICC waits for report over Joe Root and Shannon Gabriel on-field incident

• England captain Root rebuked West Indies’ Gabriel in third Test• Gabriel was spoken to by umpires about his languageThe International Cricket Council is awaiting a report from the match officials at the third Test between West Indies and England over…

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West Indies v England: third Test, day four – live!

Live updates as England press for victory in St Lucia This week’s edition of The Spin: sheer pace is sheer blissAnd feel free to drop Rob an email 1.45pm GMT “I remember watching Jeff Thomson having a spell at David Steele on telly,” says Dave Brown. …

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The Spin | Sheer pace is sheer bliss though fast bowlers often blow hot and cold

Mark Wood’s Sunday spell in St Lucia was a refreshing reminder of how pace bowling turns a slow game into a fast oneThere are certain words that are crying out to have “sheer” in front of them. Sheer bliss. Sheer lunacy. Sheer pace.In cricket, sheer pa…

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West Indies’ Shannon Gabriel warned by umpires for abusive language

• Joe Root declines to reveal what fast bowler said• ‘I think it should stay on the field,’ says England captainShannon Gabriel was given an on-field warning about abusive language on the third day here, the nature of which Joe Root refused to disclose…

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England’s top three have mixed fortunes in making Ashes case | Ali Martin

Rory Burns, Keaton Jennings and Joe Denly fail to stake claim on a more traditional day of Test cricketAfter the giddying excitement of the second day in St Lucia, one that produced 16 wickets and was headlined by an electric burst of genuine fast bowl…