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Elite sports have plenty to offer in the war against coronavirus | Emma John

It is 100 years since Britain’s sports grounds were last used to treat the sick – none of us expected it to happen in our lifetimeIn the last months of the first world war, a ship arrived at Manchester from the US, its passengers deathly ill. They were…

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England cricketer Ben Stokes signs up to race in virtual F1 grand prix

Stokes and Charles Leclerc join lineup for second virtual raceMcLaren drivers Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz take pay cutsEngland cricketer Ben Stokes will take on five F1 drivers, including Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, in the sport’s second virtual grand…

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From marble racing to balcony marathons: the sports that are filling the void | Andy Bull

Amateur pastimes provide fair entertainment when the alternative is staring at the wall or, worse, watching the newsIf you know one thing about CB Fry, it’s that he was a man of many talents. He made a Test century against Australia, tied the world lon…

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From marble racing to balcony marathons: the sports that are filling the void | Andy Bull

Amateur pastimes provide fair entertainment when the alternative is staring at the wall or, worse, watching the newsIf you know one thing about CB Fry, it’s that he was a man of many talents. He made a Test century against Australia, tied the world lon…

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Eoin Morgan open to two England teams playing different formats on same day

Test and white-ball teams could play at different venues‘I see every option being viable during this extraordinary time’Eoin Morgan believes the prospect of England fielding Test and white-ball teams on the same day at separate venues could be a “viabl…

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My favourite game: Graham Gooch v India, Lord’s 1990

On that day, when Test triple hundreds were still extremely rare, it felt as if we were watching history in the makingI was 17. The end of the summer term had been dominated by Italia 90 and Friday nights dabbling in snakebite and black. I had little i…

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ECB could delay The Hundred until 2021 and unveils £60m aid package

ECB chief Tom Harrison says costs have to be cutFocus will be on ‘core audience’ when cricket resumesThe England and Wales Cricket Board has given its strongest hint yet that the launch of The Hundred may have to be delayed until 2021. Announcing a £60…

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ECB could delay The Hundred until 2021 and unveils £60m aid package

ECB chief Tom Harrison says costs have to be cutFocus will be on ‘core audience’ when cricket resumesThe England and Wales Cricket Board has given its strongest hint yet that the launch of The Hundred may have to be delayed until 2021. Announcing a £60…

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The Spin | The top cricketing reads for a long and yawning summer

With precious little, if any, cricket to look forward to, this could be just the time to catch up on some essential readingThere are only 12 days left till the non-start of the cricket season. What to do? Time – we have plenty of it after all – for a l…

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Joe Root predicts pay reduction talks for centrally contracted England players

Negotiations between ECB and players yet to beginPCA expects proposal from governing body this weekJoe Root expects talks over a possible pay cut for England’s centrally contracted players may be on the horizon, even if this is not a feature of cricket…

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Lancashire chairman David Hodgkiss dies after contracting coronavirus

Lancashire Cricket confirms death of 71-year-old‘He was respected throughout the cricketing world’Coronavirus – latest updates | See all our coronavirus coverageLancashire chairman David Hodgkiss has died after contracting coronavirus. Hodgkiss, 71, is…

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ECB readies financial rescue plan but no cuts for Root and Stokes

Governing body to support counties and clubs from reservesContracts of centrally contracted players not being discussedThe England and Wales Cricket Board is preparing to unveil an emergency financial package to support the game during the costly delay…

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Alastair Cook says cancelling County Championship may be best option

Essex star says condensed campaign would be less ‘meaningful’Coronavirus – latest updates | See all our coverageFormer England captain Alastair Cook says he would rather the County Championship was not played at all this season than attempting to hold …

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England captain Heather Knight signs up for NHS volunteer scheme

‘I have free time on my hands and want to help as much as I can’Coronavirus – latest updates | See all our coverageEngland women’s cricket captain Heather Knight has revealed she has signed up for the NHS volunteer scheme launched to help fight the cor…

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Covid-19 checkpoints a possibility as ECB considers staging internationals

Isolation units could be a feature at grounds this summerECB’s Steve Elworthy looking into behind-closed-doors matchesCoronavirus – latest updates | See all our coronavirus coverageCoronavirus testing checkpoints and isolation units could become featur…

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Football classics, alternative realities and staying occupied | Classic YouTube

Plus … remembering Johan Cruyff and esports taking over from the real thing 1) To accompany our retro MBM series, here’s some actual footage of the events we’re retrospectively describing. Scott Murray talked us through Chelsea’s 1970 FA Cup final re…

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Launch of the Hundred may be delayed to 2021 if cricket season is cut short

ECB prepared to postpone if season reduced to two monthsPCA opposed to any player wage cuts in light of disruptionThe Hundred faces the prospect of being pushed back to a 2021 launch date should the coronavirus pandemic reduce this year’s English crick…

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Launch of the Hundred may be delayed to 2021 if cricket season is cut short

ECB prepared to postpone if season reduced to two monthsPCA opposed to any player wage cuts in light of disruptionThe Hundred faces the prospect of being pushed back to a 2021 launch date should the coronavirus pandemic reduce this year’s English crick…

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The Spin | How Middlesex reject Reggie Schwarz became an early master of the googly

Shwarz left for South Africa a discarded journeyman but returned to torment English batsmen before succumbing to the Spanish flu pandemicIn 1902, before what would prove Reggie Schwarz’s final summer as an Englishman, Surrey’s Henry Leveson-Gower wrote…

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Life measured out in cricket bats | The Nightwatchman

Cricketers can spend a whole lifetime searching for ‘the one’. It does exist. You just have to know where to lookBy James Wallace for The NightwatchmanA Sunday morning in May 1993. I’m five years old and sans plans. My parents have dragged me to a car-…