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Oval Invincibles v Welsh Fire to start The Hundred next season

• ECB’s new competition to dominate high-summer calendar• Full fixture list announced for all domestic cricket fixturesThe Oval Invincibles and the Welsh Fire will open the batting on 17 July next year for The Hundred, the England and Wales Cricket Boa…

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Parliament still none the wiser over ECB’s ‘reckless gamble’ with The Hundred

Bland evasions and spin left MPs in the dark about the thinking which prompted the ruling body to waste millions on a puntA few years back the former boss of Barclays, Bob Diamond, gave a masterclass in how not to appear before a Commons select committ…

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Hundred must show it can ‘grow the game’ to be a success – ECB

• MPs told format is ‘biggest opportunity ever’ for English game• ECB officials say ‘we don’t want to cannibalise T20 in any way’The England and Wales Cricket Board has insisted the Hundred will be judged a success only if it “grows the game as a whole…

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Chris Silverwood’s England brief is to reinvent Root as batsman and captain

• We want a coach to give Joe more support, says Giles• Team culture also an issue as England player profiles riseIt caused restless nights in the lead-up to the appointment, but Ashley Giles is pleased to have broken the cycle of England head coaches …

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Chris Silverwood’s England brief is to reinvent Root as batsman and captain

• We want a coach to give Joe more support, says Giles• Team culture also an issue as England player profiles riseIt caused restless nights in the lead-up to the appointment, but Ashley Giles is pleased to have broken the cycle of England head coaches …

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England coach Chris Silverwood wants Test team to get the basics right

• Chris Silverwood focuses on regaining Ashes in 2021• Midnight curfew for England players to remain in placeChris Silverwood preached a return to the old-fashioned values of batting time and relentlessness with the ball as the new England men’s coach …

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NHS boss condemns English cricket’s sponsorship deal with KP Snacks

Simon Stevens says ECB’s Hundred tie-up with maker of Hula Hoops undermines fight against childhood obesity The head of the NHS has criticised English cricket for letting KP Snacks sponsor a new tournament that is designed to encourage young people to …

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ECB launches action plan with aim of transforming women’s cricket

• Connor believes plan will help close the gap to Australia• ‘It’s time for us to make a big move ourselves’The England and Wales Cricket Board has launched an action plan to transform women’s cricket, and Clare Connor believes it will help close the g…

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England experience a boon for Chris Silverwood but it’s a big step up | Vic Marks

Chris Silverwood knows England’s cricketers and selectors well but the erstwhile bowling coach has taken on a great deal of extra responsibilityIn becoming only the second Englishman in two decades to be appointed as the national head coach, Chris Silv…

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Jofra Archer and Rory Burns handed England cricket central contracts

• Archer handed deal in both Test and limited-overs cricket• Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid lose Test central contractsJofra Archer’s instrumental performances for England in the World Cup and Ashes have led to the paceman being awarded Test and white-ball …

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Jofra Archer and Rory Burns handed England cricket central contracts

• Archer handed deal in both Test and limited-overs cricket• Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid lose Test central contractsJofra Archer’s instrumental performances for England in the World Cup and Ashes have led to the paceman being awarded Test and white-ball …

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Joe Root’s fatigue shows the catch of being a cricketer for all formats | Andy Bull

The England Test captain’s tiredness exposes modern cricket’s faultline – a packed schedule is brilliant for fans but brutal for playersThe weather seemed to turn last week, and the conversation with it. All of a sudden it was autumn and, since what it…

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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….