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England’s cricketers can rise above 2005, Brexit and lack of free-to-air | Kevin Mitchell

Former captain Alec Stewart sees talents on the rise, a rattled Australia side on the way and a home World Cup to enjoyThis summer could be the greatest in the history of English cricket, we’re told on an almost daily basis, when the World Cup and the …

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Ten commandments every club cricketer should follow

Your teammates are giving up eight precious hours to play, so either be a good cricketer or good companyBy Roger Morgan-Grenville for The NightwatchmanHe might not have known it, but everyone else did. For all his confident swagger, those curt, barked …

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Wisden’s 2019 edition is once again a source of delight for cricket lovers | Vic Marks

The words that adorn our back pages or websites each day do not last long but articles in Wisden have a hint of immortalityThe launch of Wisden used to be the sign that the season is around the corner. Now it has become a welcome reminder that it has a…

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County cricket talking points: the winners will take it all this season

Only one team will be relegated this season, so captains should throw caution aside and try to build a title chaseBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogThere is always a bit more than the points at stake when Yorkshire visit Trent Bridge but, at the…

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Odd alliance of Warner and Bairstow shows IPL can civilise Test cricket | The Spin

International players previously at loggerheads are building relationships that transcend the sub-continental slogfest just as used to be the case in the English county gameI have been dipping into the Indian Premier League between taking refuge from t…

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Mitchell Starc sues insurers for $1.5m over missed IPL season

Australian quick did not play for Kolkata in 2018Starc took out unique policy with Lloyd’s of LondonMitchell Starc is taking legal action to get back the $1.53m he lost out on after missing last year’s IPL season through injury.Fairfax Media reports th…

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County cricket roundup: Root and Ballance tons salvage draw for Yorkshire

• Pair share partnership of 253 to frustrate Nottinghamshire• Somerset pull off unlikely 74-run victory against KentUnbeaten centuries from Joe Root and Gary Ballance helped Yorkshire secure a draw at Trent Bridge.Nottinghamshire had declared overnight…

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County cricket: Notts v Yorkshire, Somerset v Kent and more – live!

The latest updates and news from day four of the opening roundCounty Championship roundup: Yorkshire struggle at NottsAny thoughts? You can email Tanya | tweet @tjaldred 12.02pm BST Root pulls on a new helmet and the old firm resume. Root and Ballance…

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County Championship roundup: Yorkshire struggle at Nottinghamshire

• Joe Root leaves field with hand injury but expected to bat• Notts’ Joe Clarke closing in on second century of the matchAn injury scare for Joe Root could not overshadow Yorkshire’s predicament as another super innings from Joe Clarke helped Nottingha…

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County cricket: Notts v Yorkshire, Somerset v Kent and more – live!

Updates from around the county groundsYou can email Tanya here or tweet her hereDay two: Kent take control against Somerset 11.27am BST And by the way, Gal says Gill Sans Serif, and Tim agrees with some sort of Gill (“like John Lewis”). 11.25am BST Hav…

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Kent in control at Taunton with help from Mitchell Claydon

• Day two: Somerset 171; Kent 84-2• Journeyman Claydon snatches five for 46As ever there has been much anticipation down in Taunton, mixed with exasperation that the start of Somerset’s season should be delayed by four sessions. A vibrant young side, a…

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County cricket: Notts v Yorkshire, Somerset v Kent and more – live!

County Champioship news from day two of the opening roundThe Spin: sign up and get our free weekly cricket emailAnd feel free to email Tanya, post BTL or tweet her @tjaldred 10.14am BST I love this blossom. Cherry? Anyway – just wondering, do any sport…

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Joe Clarke charms his way to a century on Nottinghamshire debut

• Nottinghamshire 324-5 v Yorkshire• Batsman catches the eye on 109 not out as Yorkshire struggleA fair wind blew across the stands at Trent Bridge. An anorak and hood kind of wind, with an early April nip, on a very first day of the County Championshi…

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County cricket: updates from the opening day of the season – live!

Updates from the County Championship’s season-openersYou can email Tanya here or tweet her hereAli Martin: county season ushers in mother of all summersCounty Championship team-by-team guide 10.40am BST Here at Trent Bridge Zak Chappell and Matt Carter…

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County cricket: updates from the opening day of the season – live!

Updates from the County Championship’s season-openersYou can email Tanya here or tweet her hereAli Martin: county season ushers in mother of all summersCounty Championship team-by-team guide 10.40am BST Here at Trent Bridge Zak Chappell and Matt Carter…

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County season ushers in the mother of all English cricketing summers

For a month, at least, the domestic game commands the spotlight before the World Cup and Ashes arriveWith a bit of meteorological luck there could be 78 county cricketers gambolling out into the spring air at 11am on Friday morning; 11 fielders and two…

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Sussex will prosper with or without Jofra Archer, says Jason Gillespie

• Sussex coach looking to finish higher than 2018’s third• Lancashire’s Keaton Jennings focuses on fast startJason Gillespie believes Sussex will not be hampered by Jofra Archer’s absence should the fast bowler be included in England’s plans for this s…

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County Championship 2019: Divisions One and Two team-by-team guide

Somerset and Surrey look best equipped to battle for the title while Division Two features an intriguing race to make the top three promotion places Continue reading…

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Tom Blundell called from wilderness into New Zealand’s World Cup squad

Keeper on 15-man list despite no ODI experienceIsh Sodhi wins battle for second spinner’s roleWicketkeeper Tom Blundell was the surprise selection in New Zealand’s 15-man squad for the World Cup later this year, despite never having played the one-day …

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‘I’ve played my last game for England’: Alastair Cook relishing county life

• Essex opener made 150 against Cambridge University last week • ‘I’ve had my time. I’ve had an amazing journey’It might be a stretch to see Alastair Cook as the Billy Bonds of cricket, although the England and now exclusively Essex hero shares with th…