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Andrew Strauss has Hundred reasons for concern over English coaches

• Former director expresses fears at overseas appointments• Shane Warne and Gary Kirsten among coaches already hiredAndrew Strauss has expressed concerns over a lack of English head coaches in the Hundred, fearing it could have a knock-on effect for th…

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ECB’s transgender review could result in more medical-driven policy

• Testosterone levels may have to match IOC guidelines• Policy could mirror that of Cricket AustraliaThe England and Wales Cricket Board is reviewing its transgender policy before its £20m semi-professional women’s competition starts next year.Under EC…

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Women’s domestic cricket in England prepares for its biggest shake-up

After the Ashes debacle the last Kia Super League begins before the Women’s Hundred replaces it next summerTuesday marks the start of the final Kia Super League which, after four years as the premier domestic women’s competition in England, will be rep…

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Benefits of victory will disappear once England go back behind paywall | Matthew Engel

Clashes with other events and changes in domestic structure mean cricket’s attempts to reclaim its territory will be resistedAn hour after the midsummer madness finished at Lord’s on Sunday night the phone rang. One of our relatives in Yorkshire had so…

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Epic final defines a triumphant World Cup – will it spark a cricket revival? | Vic Marks

England have the spoils, to New Zealand goes the glory, and the nation has a chance to fall back in love with cricket againIt is a phrase that is usually painfully glib or laden with irony but for once it may be appropriate: perhaps cricket really was …

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World Cup final is England’s moment – but has the ECB dropped the ball?

Organisers have done a fine job engaging existing cricket fans but outside the bubble, most are still oblivious to the sportYorkmead, in Hall Green, south Birmingham, is a state school much like any other. It’s a mixed, medium-sized, red-brick, with ju…

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Welcome glimpse of England’s Cricket World Cup charge would still infuriate | Vic Marks

The bemusement of Liam Plunkett and co is understandable – their glory bid should be available to all on free-to-air TVThere has been a buzz around the England camp as well as a sense of puzzlement. They are in the semi-finals; they are playing well, t…

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Cricket World Cup final will be on free-to-air TV if England qualify

Sky says it aims to ensure wide audience for final at Lord’s if tournament hosts get thereThe Cricket World Cup final will be shown on a free-to-air platform if England qualify after debate about whether the tournament has captured the public interest….

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Cricket World Cup’s efforts to ‘engage’ doomed by terrestrial TV void | Andy Bull

TikTok, Helo, YouTube and the rest – like highlights after midnight – cannot make up for a widespread inability to watch the games unfoldRepeat a word often enough and it seems to lose all meaning. It’s called semantic satiation, and it’s a phenomenon …

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Pyjama cricket, The Hundred … now it’s time to come in out of the rain | Emma John

ECB executives turn to Google’s X boffins in search of futuristic solutions to age-old problemIf you’ve ever come across a 1939 novel called The Amazing Test Match Crime, you’ll know it’s one of the most bonkers cricket books ever written. It is a spy-…

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Pyjama cricket, The Hundred … now it’s time to come in out of the rain | Emma John

ECB executives turn to Google’s X boffins in search of futuristic solutions to age-old problemIf you’ve ever come across a 1939 novel called The Amazing Test Match Crime, you’ll know it’s one of the most bonkers cricket books ever written. It is a spy-…

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England are hosts but this Cricket World Cup belongs to everyone | Andy Bull

English administrators have failed to win over domestic cricket fans who follow the country of their parents’ birth rather than Eoin Morgan’s teamFrom the top tier of the terrace at Trent Bridge you could just make out the two flags flying from the hou…

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Joys of Cricket World Cup are perfect fit for summer’s lazy days | Tanya Aldred

Cricket should stop worrying about its status and enjoy any newcomers attracted by its charmsLast summer, that heady season where hot day followed hot day until heat became an expectation then a belief, there was a World Cup in Russia. In front of larg…

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Sodden World Cup opening ceremony puts anticipation in deep freeze

The curtain-raiser to this summer’s cricket showpiece took place in miserable conditions in front of a sparse crowdOf course it rained. A cold, steady, dispiriting drizzle immediately familiar to anyone who has ever weathered an English summer. It made…

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Fear and loathing in cricket’s fraying heartland | Andy Bull

There is a cost to tinkering with formats and selling the game to Sky – cricket’s very life is at stakeThe barman at the Bat and Ball isn’t sure whether or not he likes cricket. “Never seen it,” he says, “never played it.” It’s a pity, because the game…

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ECB back on defensive over the Hundred after rap concert photo gaffe

• Website used crowd photo from a gig in Miami• Tournament to make its bow in summer 2020After months of bad PR for the Hundred, the ECB tried to get back on the front foot at Wednesday’s launch of the competition.The chief executive, Tom Harrison, adm…

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Good news for England’s Ashes bowlers as ECB sticks with 2018 Dukes ball

• New county ball will not be used in this summer’s Tests• More pronounced seam made batting difficult in 2018The England and Wales Cricket Board has confirmed that this year’s Tests will be played using a more bowler-friendly ball, one different to th…

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Colin Graves will serve extra time at ECB to oversee Hundred’s introduction

• Chairman will remain in place until November 2020• Search for his successor will begin this SeptemberColin Graves will serve an additional six months as the chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board after his plan to oversee the introduction of…

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Eoin Morgan and Trevor Bayliss endorsed decision to exclude Alex Hales

• Hales lacked support from staff and senior players• Opener could return for Nottinghamshire in cup gameEngland have privately maintained that the decision to remove Alex Hales from their World Cup squad was endorsed by Eoin Morgan, Trevor Bayliss and…

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Leadership failure at ECB leaves Alex Hales and England in a mess | Andy Bull

English cricket’s governing body is under immense pressure to host a successful World Cup and is wobbling under the loadHere is a line to keep in mind as we consider the whos, whats, whys and whens of the Alex Hales case. It is from Nathan Leamon’s rec…