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England’s Jonny Bairstow keeps his hair on after Michael Vaughan spat

The opener is playing it cool after his superb form led England to the semi-finals after a close shave with World Cup exitWith England facing arguably their biggest one-day international in a generation on Thursday, perhaps it should be no surprise Jon…

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England’s Jonny Bairstow keeps his hair on after Michael Vaughan spat

The opener is playing it cool after his superb form led England to the semi-finals after a close shave with World Cup exitWith England facing arguably their biggest one-day international in a generation on Thursday, perhaps it should be no surprise Jon…

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Jimmy Anderson tells England team-mates to ignore critics

• ‘I don’t think there is a problem. A bit of luck can turn it round’• England must win Headingley Test to square Pakistan seriesJimmy Anderson has offered a bullish defence of England’s Test side, insisting there is “no problem” despite a run of seven…

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Joe Root says England must learn fast from defeat Trevor Bayliss calls ‘shocker’

• Coach watched in disbelief as side collapsed against South Africa
• Captain hits back at ‘very unfair’ criticism from Michael Vaughan

Joe Root said his England side must learn quickly from their series-levelling 340-run defeat by South Africa after a grim collapse on the fourth day in Nottingham that their head coach, Trevor Bayliss, watched in disbelief and described as a “shocker”.

England now head to the third Test at The Oval next week with the series level at one apiece and questions swirling over their inconsistency – they have lost seven of their past 10 Tests and followed their last three victories with a defeat – and a fragile batting line-up that was bowled out for 133 in 44.2 overs chasing a fanciful 474 to win.

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Michael Vaughan denies Trott’s accusations over management company

• Former England batsman raised questions over Vaughan’s impartiality
• Ex-captain: ‘I will not accept any attack on my honesty or my integrity’

Michael Vaughan has denied that his role in a sports management company influenced comments he made about Jonathan Trott.

Trott, in his autobiography ‘Unguarded’, which is being serialised by the Times, raised questions over the former England captain’s impartiality in his role as a pundit given his relationship with International Sports Management.

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Fabrice Muamba leads support for James Taylor after sudden retirement

• England batsman forced to retire from cricket with heart condition
• Muamba collapsed during football match with similar health issue

Fabrice Muamba has led support for James Taylor after the Nottinghamshire and England cricketer announced his retirement on Tuesday following the discovery of a serious heart condition.

Tests revealed the 26-year-old Taylor has ARVC (arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy), a condition similar to that of the former footballer Muamba, who collapsed on the field in 2012. Taylor will undergo an operation in the coming days.

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Geoffrey Boycott’s candidacy for board rejected by Yorkshire members

• ‘The general view is that what’s happening isn’t constructive’
• ‘The feedback is that members aren’t in favour of Geoffrey’

Geoffrey Boycott’s hopes of rejoining the Yorkshire board have suffered a setback after the members’ committee chairman Stephen Mann ruled out support for his nomination.

The former Yorkshire and England opener Boycott, who is one of four candidates standing for election, described the club’s financial position as a “recipe for disaster” in a broadcast interview on Monday night.

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The exile, the TV star and the football manager: England’s 2005 Twenty20 team – in pictures

With the 10th anniversary of England’s first Twenty20 match approaching, we run through the XI and see what they’re up to now

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Andrew Strauss closes in on England job after pulling out of TV work

• Tom Harrison returns to Lord’s as chase hots up
• Selector Angus Fraser backing Strauss for the director of cricket job
Michael Vaughan pulls out of running for England role

Andrew Strauss is set to be unveiled as England’s new director of cricket before the end of this week with the future of head coach Peter Moores top of his to-do list. Strauss was due to commentate on England’s one-day international against Ireland in Dublin on Friday for Sky Sports and while the broadcaster has declined to comment, it is understood he will not be involved in their coverage.

ECB officials remain keen to stress that no appointment has been made for the role, which was created after the sacking of the managing director Paul Downton last month. The shortlist became one fewer yesterday after Michael Vaughan went on record to confirm the Guardian’s report on Sunday that he has withdrawn from the running.

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Michael Vaughan pulls out of running for England director of cricket

• Media commitments and viewpoint behind Vaughan’s withdrawal
• Andrew Strauss now clear favourite for newly created role
• Strauss ‘mortified’ as Kevin Pietersen insult goes out on air

Michael Vaughan has ruled himself out of the running to become England’s director of cricket, leaving Andrew Strauss as the favourite to fill the vacancy.

Vaughan was the first to declare his interest in the newly created position when it was announced by the England and Wales Cricket Board chief executive Tom Harrison at the start of last month, following the decision to remove Paul Downton as managing director in the wake of the miserable World Cup campaign.

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Michael Vaughan the clear frontrunner for England cricket director post

England appear likely to look to Vaughan’s ideas and man-management skills at the executive level after his success as captain and commentator
• Paul Downton pays for World Cup fiasco
• England crash out of World Cup against Bangladesh
• Kevin Pietersen backs Vaughan for director of cricket role
• Alec Stewart admits interest in England role

When it’s all going pear-shaped and heads have to roll, those who score no runs and take no wickets are the most vulnerable. So farewell Paul Downton; Peter Moores beware.

Neither of these men was out on the field in Adelaide when England were incapable of defeating Bangladesh in a decisive World Cup match, but that does not keep them out of the firing line. Meanwhile, most of those combatants from the Adelaide debacle are now in the Caribbean, preparing for a Test match and pondering who their new bosses may be when they return home.

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Kevin Pietersen backs Michael Vaughan for England’s director of cricket role

• Batsman says former team-mate is right man to lead overhaul of English game
• ‘He’ll change the brand of cricket being played,’ says Pietersen
• Surrey’s director of cricket, Alec Stewart, also throws hat into the ring
• Vaughan a better bet as director of cricket than a football tipster

Kevin Pietersen has backed Michael Vaughan for the newly created role of director of England cricket, claiming the former England captain will bring a fresh approach to the national side. Pietersen’s comments came on a day when his superior at Surrey, Alec Stewart, also declared an interest in applying for the post.

Vaughan is the frontrunner and was quick to put his name in the mix on Wednesday evening after the ECB chief executive, Tom Harrison, sacked Paul Downton as the managing director and stated a new approach to team management would be taken.

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Michael Vaughan a better bet as director of cricket than a football tipster

There are financial hurdles to scale but the former England captain-turned-media pundit may yet be the man who fronts the more footballing model the ECB is now looking at
Paul Downton sacked as managing director of England cricket team

For those with a scant regard for their bank balance, Michael Vaughan can be found on a Saturday morning offering up betting tips on social media. “Man Utd, Chelsea, West Brom and Bolton … #Kerching #NoBrainer” was last weekend’s offering – just two out of four were correct, as it happens.

But while the “Vaughan Quad”, as he calls it, may not be a sure-fire road to riches, the former Test captain-turned-media pundit may yet be the man who fronts the more footballing model that the England and Wales Cricket Board is looking at following Wednesday’s defenestration of the managing director Paul Downton.

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Michael Vaughan claims Peter Moores should be redirected to England’s ‘kids’

• Former captain says coach is better suited to working with young players
• ‘At international level you do not have time to coach,’ says Vaughan
• Andy Bull: England cricket’s task is to focus on a new coach

The England coach Peter Moores should be removed from his current position and put in charge of the “kids”, according to former captain Michael Vaughan.

Moores, handed a second stint as head coach last April, has come under intense pressure since England’s defeat by Bangladesh on Monday condemned them to an early return from the World Cup. Vaughan believes the coaches talents have been wasted. “Moores was at his best working with the Lions [development team] many years ago,” he wrote in the Daily Telegraph.

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England Ashes heroes among cricketers facing large bills for tax avoidance schemes

David Gower and several members of 2005 winning side could face ‘substantial’ losses as HMRC seeks repayment for film investments
• Footballers face penury over tax demands

Several legendary English cricketers, including key members of the 2005 Ashes winning team, are facing “very substantial” bills for payment of tax as a result of their involvement in film investments, the Guardian has learned. Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs has sent demands to investors, including the former cricketers, in partnerships set up by the company Ingenious Media, which HMRC is challenging in the upper tax tribunal, claiming they constituted tax avoidance schemes.

The cricketers who invested in these partnerships, which have been subject to HMRC “accelerated payment notices” for the disputed tax breaks, include Michael Vaughan, the captain of England from 2003-08 – including during the 2005 Ashes. Vaughan was an investor in three partnerships HMRC is challenging: Ingenious Film Partners 2, Inside Track Productions and Ingenious Film Partners. With some of his England team-mates at the time, Vaughan signed up for the schemes during the peak of their careers, apparently as part of planning for a financial future when their playing days were over.

Related: Footballers who once earned millions face penury over tax demands

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Michael Vaughan says pressure is mounting on England’s Peter Moores

• Vaughan: ‘You don’t get long second time around’
• Former captain also questions Kevin Pietersen’s absence
• England will not panic after New Zealand defeat, says Morgan
• England humiliated by New Zealand in World Cup

Michael Vaughan believes Peter Moores may be on borrowed time as the England coach if they fail to qualify for the World Cup quarter-finals.

The former captain described England as “abject” after their embarrassing descent to an eight-wicket trouncing by New Zealand in Wellington – and likened aspects of the performance to “surrender” – as well as insisting the continued absence of the sacked Kevin Pietersen is still a significant issue.

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Ian Botham leads call for Alastair Cook to quit as England one-day captain

• Former all-rounder infuriated by latest defeat in Sri Lanka
• ‘England need to make changes and make them quickly’
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Cricket rallies round Phil Hughes after Australia batsman’s head injury

• Shane Warne says: ‘Hang in there, we’re all fighting with u!!!’
• Michael Vaughan adds: ‘Thoughts are with his family …’
• Hughes undergoes surgery after being hit by bouncer
• Rolling report – how a shocking afternoon unfolded

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ECB at England cricket crossroads in wake of Kevin Pietersen fallout

The allegations from the players autobiography have overshadowed the appointment of the new chief executive, Tom Harrison, who has much work to do on and off the pitch David Colliers replacement is announced Parody Twitter account author issues denial …

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Ian Bell ruled out of Englands final ODI against India with injury

Batsman has broken toe but will not be replaced Michael Vaughan calls for Alastair Cook to be sacked England thrashed by India to surrender series Continue reading…