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Ed Smith, the former Kent and England batsman turned journalist and commentator, has been confirmed as England’s national selection. His first task will be to select a squad to face Pakistan next month. Here are some of the issues he needs to answer Stick or twist England were thwarted by New Zealand’s lower order in
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Ed Smith has emerged as the favourite to be appointed as England’s new head selector. While the ECB have not confirmed the appointment, Smith is understood to have been preferred from a shortlist that also included Andy Flower, Derek Pringle, Mike Selvey and one of the current selectors, Mick Newell. Angus Fraser, another of the
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David Willey is on the verge of becoming the 12th England player to receive a call up to the IPL. Yorkshire have yet to receive any paperwork from the ECB, who act as the initial broker between the IPL and the counties, but they are bracing themselves for the inevitable. The English counties are now
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Tom Westley will embark on Essex’s defence of their County Championship title next week, hopeful that a winter of technical tinkering can re-establish his international credentials, with England in clear need of batting reinforcements following their disappointing Test campaigns in Australia and New Zealand. Westley made his Test debut against South Africa at The Oval
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The unexpected delight of seeing England’s limited-overs captain, Eoin Morgan, in a Championship match has proved to be a false dawn – Morgan has broken his thumb in the nets before having the chance to take the field and is now unlikely to play a four-day game this season. That Morgan declared his availability for
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Jofra Archer insists that the dream of playing Test cricket for England remains his ultimate ambition, but admits that a life-changing winter on the global T20 circuit may eventually force him to reassess his priorities in a bid to avoid burn-out. For the past two years in county cricket, Archer has been quietly recognised as
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Alastair Cook, in need of early-season runs to strengthen his conviction that he still has a Test future, will miss the first two Specsavers Championship games of the season before returning for the defending champions, Essex, against Yorkshire at Chelmsford on April 27. Cook’s return against a Yorkshire side also likely to include Joe Root
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County cricket’s leading coaches will gather at Edgbaston next week in a crisis meeting to consider how to fight back against the lure of sundry worldwide Twenty20 leagues to the top limited-overs players in the country. The growing feeling within the counties is that they are paying reliable, long-term contracts to players – many of
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Joe Root has had plenty on his plate as Test captain over the last five months. He has remained consistent with the bat but continued to fall short of a century – seven times failing to convert a half-century against Australia and New Zealand Joe Root gets stuck into a drive Getty Images lbw b Hazlewood
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Ben Stokes has been “frustrated” by his back injury in New Zealand but has also been heartened by the pace he has been able to achieve off a shortened run-up. Stokes picked up a back problem during the one-day series, which was his return to international cricket after missing the Ashes and one-day series in
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Big Picture If the Ashes-retaining campaign had been “a good starting point” for Australia to stage a turnaround after relinquishing their world titles in both limited-overs formats, captain Meg Lanning’s return to international cricket now awaits commemoration in the form of a double series triumph. A T20 series victory for the first time in nearly
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Big Picture If the Ashes-retaining campaign had been “a good starting point” for Australia to stage a turnaround after relinquishing their world titles in both limited-overs formats, captain Meg Lanning’s return to international cricket now awaits commemoration in the form of a double series triumph. A T20 series victory for the first time in nearly
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India 108 for 2 (Mandhana 62*, Hazell 2-17) beat England 107 (Wyatt 31, Anuja 3-21) by eight wickets Smriti Mandhana guides the ball on the off side BCCI India’s six-match winless streak came to an end in the final league match of the tri-series courtesy Smriti Mandhana‘s unbeaten 62 and Anuja Patil‘s 3 for 21. The
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