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Ben Stokes: will the shackles be on or off for England’s new captain? | Vic Marks

Against a backdrop of tight biosecurity and an empty stadium attention will centre on how the barnstorming all-rounder copes with being in charge against West IndiesAt last a Test match to preview. How do we go about that? It’s the clash of the great a…

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Sam Curran out but Denly in England’s squad for first Test against West Indies

Nine reserves also called up by selectorsJonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali not part of either listEngland have named a 13-man squad for their long-awaited return to Test cricket against the West Indies next week, preferring Joe Denly to the uncapped Dan Law…

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England’s Sam Curran tests negative for Covid-19 after feeling unwell

All-rounder can return to training within next 48 hoursOlly Pope scores a half-century during practice matchThe best news for England came from within the Hilton Hotel rather than the pitch on Friday. Just after lunch it was announced that Sam Curran’s…

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Concern for England as Sam Curran is tested for Covid-19 after falling ill

All-rounder self-isolates after sickness overnightResults of Curran’s test expected on FridayEngland’s smooth preparations for the Test series against West Indies were undermined by the news that Sam Curran spent the day self-isolating in his room afte…

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England cricket team to wear Black Lives Matter badge against West Indies

Root: ‘Important to show solidarity with the black community’Use of symbol in sport now being distanced from political groupEngland’s cricketers are to wear Black Lives Matter badges on the collar of their shirts during the upcoming Test series against…

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Bracey and Lawrence catch the eye in England’s intra-squad match

Uncapped batsmen make 85 and 58 respectivelyJimmy Anderson takes two for 49 from 18 oversEngland’s cricketers returned to the middle for the first time since their tour of Sri Lanka was abandoned in March with two uncapped batsmen, James Bracey and Dan…

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‘He’s a leader of men’: Bayliss spotted Stokes’s captaincy potential early

All-rounder has always had presence of a leader says Bayliss‘When he talks everyone listens, players are drawn to him’Ben Stokes has been described as “a leader of men” by Trevor Bayliss, who long saw the all-rounder as captaincy material during his ti…

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The Spin | England can only profit from using Mark Wood in the long run

Durham quick has improved with a longer run-up and, handled carefully, can be a thrilling and vital fixture in the teamStatistics, like alcohol, should be used responsibly. Before you lay down quantitative truths to the world, you need to consider cont…

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The Spin | England can only profit from using Mark Wood in the long run

Durham quick has improved with a longer run-up and, handled carefully, can be a thrilling and vital fixture in the teamStatistics, like alcohol, should be used responsibly. Before you lay down quantitative truths to the world, you need to consider cont…

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Ben Stokes says he has earned redemption and captaincy chance

Stokes set to deputise for Joe Root in first West Indies TestIt is less than two years since Stokes was acquitted of affrayBen Stokes is preparing to step up as England captain for the first Test against West Indies next week and he believes this honou…

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Liam Plunkett: ‘Overcoming anxiety has improved me 100% as a cricketer’

The fast bowler discusses his hurt at being dropped by England after winning the World Cup and how grit he gets from his mum keeps negative thoughts at bay“It was a gift for me when I got anxiety,” Liam Plunkett says calmly as if he is talking about a …

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West Indies to wear Black Lives Matter logo on Test shirts against England

‘We have to show solidarity’ says Jason Holder ahead of seriesLogo designed by Watford captain Troy Deeney’s wife AlishaWest Indies players will wear the Black Lives Matter logo on their shirts during next month’s Test series with England.Cricket West …

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England’s Stuart Broad trying to find an edge before West Indies Test series

Opening bowler hoping to counter lack of spectator noise‘I perform at my best when the game is most exciting’Close your eyes and try to imagine some of the great Stuart Broad spells and chances are you’re hearing as well as seeing. The Oval in 2009, th…

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Jack Leach ready to reclaim place after illness setbacks | Vic Marks

Slow left-armer in good spirits despite months of misfortune and the strangeness of dealing with a biosecure regimeThe pandemic has been tough for all cricketers, professional and recreational, but among the elite now based at the Rose Bowl it has sure…

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Jack Leach ready to reclaim place after illness setbacks | Vic Marks

Slow left-armer in good spirits despite months of misfortune and the strangeness of dealing with a biosecure regimeThe pandemic has been tough for all cricketers, professional and recreational, but among the elite now based at the Rose Bowl it has sure…

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Pakistan tour of England to go ahead despite positive Covid-19 results

Pakistan squad will travel to UK on Sunday, ECB confirmsTen out 0f 29 in squad tested positive for coronavirus this weekPakistan have been confirmed as England’s second set of summer tourists despite the raft of positive Covid-19 test results among the…

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Zak Crawley ready to stake his claim for England’s No 3 berth against West Indies

Crawley set for head-to-head with Kent teammate Joe DenlyWindies coach Simmons plays down Holder fitness concernsZak Crawley is trying to block out the various permutations for England’s top order despite the apparent battle with his Kent teammate Joe …

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Zak Crawley ready to stake his claim for England’s No 3 berth against West Indies

Crawley set for head-to-head with Kent teammate Joe DenlyWindies coach Simmons plays down Holder fitness concernsZak Crawley is trying to block out the various permutations for England’s top order despite the apparent battle with his Kent teammate Joe …

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Being 12th man: a time when your prime cricketing skills are no longer required | Vic Marks

Fielding, bringing drinks, trips to the chip shop and having to wear a luminous bib are all part of being out of the side The England players are locked away in luxury and, as Ashley Giles has pointed out, it’s going to be tough for them – “no holiday …

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Mark Wood hopes he is already in the heads of West Indies’ batsmen

He took 5-41 in consolation win for England in St Lucia in 2019Wood aiming for same impact as Aussie quick Mitchell Johnson Mark Wood hopes the 95mph storm he whipped up in St Lucia last year will be on the minds of the West Indies batsmen this summer …