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England v India: third Test, day one – live!

Over-by-over updates from first day’s play at Trent BridgeStokes affair a dismal tale of power without responsibilityAnd feel free to email Tim or tweet him @TimdeLisle 10.14am BST Morning everyone and welcome to something very few cricket lovers have …

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Curran makes way for Stokes but England set for more of the same | Vic Marks

The spotlight will be on the all-rounder at Trent Bridge, where swing and England’s fine record mean the third Test and series against India may be wrapped up before WednesdayTrent Bridge, some green grass, a first autumnal chill in the air plus the su…

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Virat Kohli says India must show fight to save the series at Trent Bridge

• India captain says batting must improve with side 2-0 down• Jasprit Bumrah and Rishabh Pant may come into starting XIThe joke going around Lord’s last week was that Virat Kohli’s struggles with a bad back were the result of having to carry the Indian…

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The Ben Stokes affair: a dismal tale of power without responsibility | Barney Ronay

No English cricketer has got so rich so fast but the all-rounder’s figures do not add up to a career as successful as it should beA few months ago a study was published warning against the use of hand dryers in public lavatories because of the high den…

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Ben Stokes back for England v India in one of Root’s ‘most difficult decisions’

• All-rounder back for third match of series at Trent Bridge• Sam Curran makes way in team despite strong displaysBen Stokes has been recalled to the England team facing India in the third Test at Trent Bridge in place of Sam Curran, captain Joe Root c…

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Smriti Mandhana: ‘I’m lucky. If I get or don’t get runs, I’m just trying to enjoy my cricket’

India’s star batter quickly put the disappointment of last year’s World Cup final defeat by England behind her and is lighting up this season’s Kia Super League with Western StormFour years ago Smriti Mandhana was a bespectacled 18-year-old embarking o…

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Durham sign banned Australia opener Cameron Bancroft for 2019 season

• Batsman involved in ball-tampering scandal in South Africa • ‘I am grateful for the opportunity and I can’t wait to get over’Durham have signed Cameron Bancroft, the ball-tampering opening batsman who received a nine-month domestic ban by Cricket Aus…

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Ben Stokes may find door to Australia’s Big Bash closed to him this off-season

• It’s definitely not a good look, says Sixers’ Jodie Hawkins• Stokes played Big Bash for Melbourne Renegades in 2015Ben Stokes could see his return to the Big Bash League blocked, with the Australian team who were leading the chase to sign him ruling …

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Ben Stokes should have faced assault charge, says man he felled

Ryan Hale was punched in the face by the cricketer, who was acquitted of affrayA former soldier knocked unconscious by England cricketer Ben Stokes during a street brawl in Bristol has said he cannot understand why the sportsman was not charged with as…

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Trevor Bayliss urges Ben Stokes to issue public apology over Bristol brawl

• ‘I’m sure something will be forthcoming,’ says head coach• Bayliss stops short of confirming Stokes will play in third TestEngland’s head coach, Trevor Bayliss, has called on Ben Stokes to make a public apology over the events which led to his eventu…

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Bledisloe Cup classics, a Maradona unveiling and a Barry Chuckle tribute | Classic YouTube

Also featuring Stuart Broad and beans at Trent Bridge, a goose on the pitch and a Nick Kyrgios 115mph forehand winner1) It’s the first Bledisloe Cup match of 2018 between New Zealand and Australia so let’s begin with this utterly ridiculous Christian C…

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England’s Ben Stokes and Alex Hales still on good terms after court claims

• Stokes’s lawyer had raised Hales’s role in Bristol brawl at trial• England to assess all-rounder’s fitness before third India TestBen Stokes and Alex Hales face a protracted wait to learn if they face any cricketing sanctions but there is understood …

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Ben Stokes has embarrassed the ECB? Usually it doesn’t need anyone’s help | Marina Hyde

The all-rounder’s court case may be over but the England and Wales Cricket Board’s handling of this affair doubtless has a few more embarrassing twists and turns to take yetI am relieved to learn that the not guilty verdict in the Ben Stokes affray tri…

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Lessons for Trent Bridge: pointers for England and India before third Test | Daniel Harris

Chris Woakes has a chance to fully re-establish himself while there are plenty of issues for Virat Kohli to resolveTwo weeks ago India were on the cusp of greatness. Already the best team in the world, a win in England would enshrine them as a team for…

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Ben Stokes verdict cannot hide fact the game was brought into disrepute

Ben Stokes could easily become an England great and it is high time he dealt with some of the more unpleasant aspects of his personalityThe England and Wales Cricket Board must have been heartily relieved by the Test team’s emphatic victory over India …

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Firestarter Stokes has long walked a line between brilliant and bolshy | Ali Martin

Ben Stokes, acquitted of affray, will look to take his England career back to the heights of centuries and devastating bowling“The Hit Man. Don’t mess with Ben Stokes – he’s fast and furious”. So trumpeted the front page of the Times magazine on Saturd…

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Not guilty, but Ben Stokes faces a battle to restore his reputation

Despite being cleared of affray, the cricketer’s night out may haunt him for years to comeIt was supposed to have been a fun evening out for members of the England cricket team following victory over the West Indies in an international match. But for B…

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Ben Stokes rejoins England squad after being cleared of affray

• All-rounder could play in Saturday’s third Test against India• ECB: ‘Range of matters for the board to fully consider’England have added Ben Stokes to their squad for Saturday’s third Test after his acquittal at Bristol crown court.Stokes, cleared of…

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Ben Stokes cleared of affray after brawl outside Bristol club

England cricketer acquitted after jury accepts he had acted in self-defenceThe England cricketer Ben Stokes has been cleared of affray after a fight outside a Bristol nightclub.A jury at Bristol crown court acquitted the 27-year old Durham all-rounder …

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The Spin | India should listen to their elders: practice makes perfect in England | Simon Burnton

Even given the modern game’s squeezed schedules playing three days of red-ball cricket before a five-Test series seemed reckless – India underprepared and are paying the priceIn January, after India had lost the first two of their three Tests in South …