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Category: The Hundred

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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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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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Shane Warne in the running for Hundred coaching role at Southampton

• Warne has coached Rajasthan Royals in Indian Premier League• Gillespie, Kirsten and Lehmann linked with jobs in new tournamentShane Warne has emerged as a leading candidate to coach the Southampton-based team in The Hundred.The new 100-ball tournamen…

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Farbrace considering Trevor Bayliss for Edgbaston team in The Hundred

• Bayliss in running to coach side in new 100-ball tournament• Australian will step down as England coach in SeptemberPaul Farbrace began life as Warwickshire’s new director of sport on Thursday but England’s recently departed assistant coach is alread…

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The Spin | Enjoy the cricket season ahead … it will be the last of its kind | Tanya Aldred

The introduction of the Hundred in 2020 means a year of change for the county game, so the 2019 season – which also includes a home World Cup and Ashes – is to be cherishedAs the morning’s rain turned hail, turned snow and, with 30 days left until the …

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ECB and Surrey at loggerheads over Hundred tournament blueprint

• Kia Oval in dispute after county voted against playing format• ‘We’ll continue to have discussions,’ says ECB chief HarrisonThe England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed full sign-off of playing conditions for the Hundred on Thursday. But Tom Harriso…

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Chris Gayle declares himself ‘greatest player’ and wants Hundred invite

• ‘I will set the trend for you,’ says West Indian before ODI series• Jason Roy hits 110 off 82 balls in England warm-up gameChris Gayle, the veteran West Indies opener and self-styled “Universe Boss”, has warned English cricket that The Hundred will n…

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PCA warns The Hundred could create ‘super-counties’ in domestic cricket

• Professional Cricketers’ Association issues warning• ‘Run the risk of game going towards eight super-counties’The Professional Cricketers’ Association has warned that The Hundred could lead to the creation of super-counties and compromise the integri…

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Thrilling England must captivate nation before cricket’s uncertain 2020

A home World Cup, Ashes series and historic Lord’s Test against Ireland await before the game as we know it disappearsWell, 2019 is supposed to be the year for English cricket. This is when opportunity knocks again and the old summer game captivates th…

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England Test players made available for The Hundred after U-turn

• ECB intended to use leading players only for marketing• Hundred playing conditions to be ratified next weekEngland’s Test cricketers are set to be made available for the knockout stage of the new 100-ball tournament, the playing conditions for which …

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England Test players made available for The Hundred after U-turn

• ECB intended to use leading players only for marketing• Hundred playing conditions to be ratified next weekEngland’s Test cricketers are set to be made available for the knockout stage of the new 100-ball tournament, the playing conditions for which …

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County cricket’s summer shake-up would push away young fans | Vic Marks

A 10-team First Division is a good idea but the shires will host the most low-key games during the school holidaysViewed in isolation, the proposals for English domestic cricket from 2020 onwards from the men’s domestic playing programme (MDPP) group, …

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ECB sets out to show reasons its Hundred format can be a success | Ali Martin

ECB’s twist on T20, available from 2020, was road-tested on Monday at Trent Bridge and the games were short if not sweetThe Hundred, eh? After a couple of low-key pilot matches at an empty Trent Bridge in mid?September it is possible to report back tha…

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The Hundred’s pilot matches put cricket’s brave new world on trial

Trial matches involving male and female players will try to determine if cricket’s new format is up to scratchAway from the life-affirming afterglow of England’s gripping Test series with India, Surrey’s first county title in 16 years and another packe…

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Virat Kohli gives ECB’s 100-ball ‘experiment’ the thumbs down

• India’s captain declines being a guinea pig for The Hundred • ‘Commercialism is taking over the real quality of cricket’Virat Kohli has poured scorn on the ECB’s new 100-ball format called The Hundred, saying he does not want to be part of an experim…

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Virat Kohli gives ECB’s 100-ball ‘experiment’ the thumbs down

• India’s captain declines being a guinea pig for The Hundred • ‘Commercialism is taking over the real quality of cricket’Virat Kohli has poured scorn on the ECB’s new 100-ball format called The Hundred, saying he does not want to be part of an experim…

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Counties should revolt against The Hundred and reverse the ECB coup | Matthew Engel

ECB directors have browbeaten and bamboozled counties into giving away their power – time for a Campaign for Real CricketHere is the squad representing English cricket at the Lord’s Test on Thursday. It may not be the one you expected. Delia Bushell, M…

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MCC panel explores idea of introducing a ‘shot clock’ to speed up cricket

• Over rates in Tests at slowest for 11 years• Proposed solution would involve a time limitThe MCC World Cricket Committee has floated the idea of introducing a “shot clock” to the sport that would cut down the amount of time wasted between balls and o…

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Domestic cricket under threat as Lord’s leaps to wretched conclusion

City-based competition The Hundred, brainchild of the ECB’s chairman and chief executive and due to arrive in 2020, will not complement the old ways but cannibalise themThe tumult of this extraordinary sporting summer has momentarily died away. Suddenl…