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Zak Crawley’s confusion is a symptom of England’s top-order batting malaise | Andy Bull

The young batsman’s technique is being pulled in different directions by the competing needs of three different formatsIt was hot and close when England’s openers got out to the middle, headache weather, heavy and oppressive. The team were already in s…

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Hunger game: how Jimmy Anderson dodged long list of bowling casualties | Andy Bull

Where other bowlers have seen careers ruined by injury and off-field issues, Anderson is still going strong in his 162nd Test“What’s the secret?” Nasser Hussain asked Jimmy Anderson before the start of this Test. “A lot of it is luck,” Anderson told hi…

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Dom Sibley awkwardly cements his status as England’s newest cult hero | Andy Bull

What the batsman lacks in flair he makes up for in stubbornness and patience, as New Zealand have discovered Has anyone ever been made so rapturously happy by Dom Sibley’s batting? Let loose at a Test match after 15 months of on-and-off lockdown, the c…

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Ollie Robinson Twitter racism storm obscures ECB’s decades of inaction | Andy Bull

The current furore risks obscuring how the ECB has made similar promises to tackle racism for a couple of decadesSince we are all looking backwards, let’s go a little further, beyond 2018, when Eoin Morgan sent a tweet saying “sir, you’re my favourite …

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Ollie Robinson repays England’s faith to make a mark against New Zealand | Andy Bull

Debutant had an unsettling start but showed on the pitch that he has an authority that belies his inexperienceLord’s doesn’t have a James Anderson End; you’ll find that a couple of hundred miles north at Old Trafford. But if it did, it would be the one…

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New Zealand’s Devon Conway makes remarkable rise from obscurity

Opener who spent years on the fringes of professional cricket now has the highest score by a Test debutant in EnglandDevon Conway was out in the middle for a quarter of an hour before he actually did any batting on Wednesday morning. His partner, Tom L…

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Ollie Robinson’s offensive tweets prove English cricket still has much to learn

It was possible to feel sympathy and scorn for the bowler as the fallout from grotesque remarks marred best day of his careerThe clouds blew over Lord’s midway through the afternoon, when Ollie Robinson was deep into his second spell. He had bowled wel…

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Cool hand Kane Williamson plays down New Zealand’s run of success | Andy Bull

Captain says focus is looking forward, not back, with two Tests against England and then India in World Test ChampionshipFor all those books explaining what the British could learn about health, happiness and everything else from the Scandinavians, Jap…

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Good stories and players abound as county cricket seizes rare spotlight | Andy Bull

From Stephens to Hameed, the County Championship has made the most of a brief hiatus in other forms of the gameForewarned about the cruelty of April, I was entirely unprepared for the viciousness of May. At times these past few weeks have felt like an …

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Good stories and players abound as county cricket seizes rare spotlight | Andy Bull

From Stephens to Hameed, the County Championship has made the most of a brief hiatus in other forms of the gameForewarned about the cruelty of April, I was entirely unprepared for the viciousness of May. At times these past few weeks have felt like an …

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Good stories and players abound as county cricket seizes rare spotlight | Andy Bull

From Stephens to Hameed, the County Championship has made the most of a brief hiatus in other forms of the gameForewarned about the cruelty of April, I was entirely unprepared for the viciousness of May. At times these past few weeks have felt like an …

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Good stories and players abound as county cricket seizes rare spotlight | Andy Bull

From Stephens to Hameed, the County Championship has made the most of a brief hiatus in other forms of the gameForewarned about the cruelty of April, I was entirely unprepared for the viciousness of May. At times these past few weeks have felt like an …

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IOC relies on Olympic athletes to win over Japanese public amid crisis | Andy Bull

The Tokyo Games will take place against a backdrop of growing unease from the public due to the pandemic A quick look at the “playbook” for the Tokyo Games this summer invites a question about how many of the International Olympic Committee’s own membe…

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The Spin | Jofra Archer, Frank Tyson and the need for speed in cricket

The war of Jenkins’ Ear lasted nine years. You guess the worry of Archer’s elbow will run for at least nine monthsEarly in May 1955, Paramount sent a camera crew to the county ground in Northampton to film Frank Tyson. They brought a new “multi-speed c…

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The Spin | Jofra Archer, Frank Tyson and the need for speed in cricket

The war of Jenkins’ Ear lasted nine years. You guess the worry of Archer’s elbow will run for at least nine monthsEarly in May 1955, Paramount sent a camera crew to the county ground in Northampton to film Frank Tyson. They brought a new “multi-speed c…

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The T20 tournament that wasn’t: how fixers fabricated the UvaT20 League | Andy Bull

In the midst of the pandemic, a Sri Lankan league promised ‘star-studded teams’ and international stars … but it was a scamLate last June, while the world was at a standstill, two teams walked out on to the cricket field in the little city of Badulla, …

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The T20 tournament that wasn’t: how fixers fabricated the UvaT20 League | Andy Bull

In the midst of the pandemic, a Sri Lankan league promised ‘star-studded teams’ and international stars … but it was a scamLate last June, while the world was at a standstill, two teams walked out on to the cricket field in the little city of Badulla, …

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The T20 tournament that wasn’t: how fixers fabricated the UvaT20 League | Andy Bull

In the midst of the pandemic, a Sri Lankan league promised ‘star-studded teams’ and international stars … but it was a scamLate last June, while the world was at a standstill, two teams walked out on to the cricket field in the little city of Badulla, …

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Lions captain Alun Wyn Jones feels hand of history on his shoulder | Andy Bull

Wales’s indomitable talisman is keenly aware of the gravity of the honour bestowed on him by Warren GatlandScratch away the gloss they have slapped across the British & Irish Lions and there is a single, simple beautiful idea underneath. An idea pr…

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Closed shop? Sport needs more voices to reach real consensus on concussion | Andy Bull

Important decisions that set standard for diagnosis, treatment and return-to-play protocols are taken by a select groupLate in October 2016, Dr Richard Sylvester arrived at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Berlin for the first day of the fifth International C…