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Chris Woakes: ‘Ben Stokes is a big-game player, he’s worked extremely hard’

• Woakes’s fellow all-rounder catches Virat Kohli on 97• ‘He made that catch look quite easy … it was a big wicket‘Chris Woakes praised the big-game temperament of Ben Stokes after his fellow all-rounder punctuated a low ...

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Ben Stokes turns damp squib into cathartic release by pouching Kohli | Ali Martin

Roar at catching India’s captain on 97 shows England all-rounder’s relief at being back centre stage for the right reasonsWho writes your scripts? So asked Graham Gooch of Ian Botham at the Oval in 1986 after the all-rou ...

Guardian Saturday, 18th August 2018, 8:33PM - Read article


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Virat Kohli inspires India fightback but misses century in third England Test

• India 307-6 v England• Virat Kohli dismissed three short of century by Adil RashidMarshalled by their captain, Virat Kohli, India reignited this series as a contest. After their humiliation at Lord’s India finished a f ...

Guardian Saturday, 18th August 2018, 7:19PM - Read article


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England v India: third Test, day one – live!

Over-by-over updates from first day’s play at Trent BridgeStokes affair a dismal tale of power without responsibilityAnd feel free to email Tim or tweet him @TimdeLisle 10.14am BST Morning everyone and welcome to somethi ...

Guardian Saturday, 18th August 2018, 10:15AM - Read article


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Hales leads Notts to T20 Blast QFs

Alex Hales hit an unbeaten 71 as Nottingham Outlaws prevailed in their winner-takes-all Vitality Blast tussle against Yorkshire Vikings at Headingley.

Sky Sports Friday, 17th August 2018, 10:40PM - Read article


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Curran makes way for Stokes but England set for more of the same | Vic Marks

The spotlight will be on returning all-rounder at a venue where swing, and England’s fine record, could mean the match, and the series against India, will be wrapped up before WednesdayTrent Bridge, some green grass, a f ...

Guardian Friday, 17th August 2018, 6:57PM - Read article


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Virat Kohli says India must show fight to save the series at Trent Bridge

• India captain says batting must improve with side 2-0 down• Jasprit Bumrah and Rishabh Pant may come into starting XIThe joke going around Lord’s last week was that Virat Kohli’s struggles with a bad back were the resu ...

Guardian Friday, 17th August 2018, 5:31PM - Read article


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Joe Root: 'You don't want to leave someone like Ben Stokes out' – video

Ben Stokes has been recalled to face India in the third Test at Trent Bridge. England’s Joe Root explained that it was one of his ‘most difficult decisions’ as captain. Sam Curran is omitted from the side Continue readin ...

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The Ben Stokes affair: a dismal tale of power without responsibility | Barney Ronay

No English cricketer has got so rich so fast but the all-rounder’s figures do not add up to a career as successful as it should beA few months ago a study was published warning against the use of hand dryers in public la ...

Guardian Friday, 17th August 2018, 3:51PM - Read article


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Ben Stokes back for England v India in one of Root’s ‘most difficult decisions’

• All-rounder back for third match of series at Trent Bridge• Sam Curran makes way in team despite strong displaysBen Stokes has been recalled to the England team facing India in the third Test at Trent Bridge, captain J ...

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Smriti Mandhana: ‘I’m lucky. If I get or don’t get runs, I’m just trying to enjoy my cricket’

India’s star batter quickly put the disappointment of last year’s World Cup final defeat by England behind her and is lighting up this season’s Kia Super League with Western StormFour years ago Smriti Mandhana was a besp ...

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Ben Stokes brought back in for his own wellbeing, says Bayliss – video

England head coach Trevor Bayliss expects Ben Stokes to issue a public apology after he was cleared of affray. Speaking ahead of Saturday’s third Test against India Bayliss added the decision was made for Stokes’s wellbe ...

Guardian Friday, 17th August 2018, 12:04PM - Read article


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Durham sign banned Australia opener Cameron Bancroft for 2019 season

• Batsman involved in ball-tampering scandal in South Africa • ‘I am grateful for the opportunity and I can’t wait to get over’Durham have signed Cameron Bancroft, the ball-tampering opening batsman who received a nine-m ...

Guardian Friday, 17th August 2018, 11:36AM - Read article


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Bancroft joins Durham for 2019

Durham have signed Australia batsman Cameron Bancroft as their overseas player for 2019.

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WATCH: Overton's 'sticky knees' catch!

Jamie Overton took a stunning boundary catch during Somerset's Vitality Blast clash with Kent at Canterbury - with the moment made even better by Mark Butcher's commentary!

Sky Sports Friday, 17th August 2018, 6:30AM - Read article


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Cricket Australia says Angela Williamson rejected new job and 'won’t be returning'

CA says Williamson, who was fired after campaigning for abortion services, rejected job as communications managerCricket Australia has said a former employee who was fired from her job after campaigning for abortion serv ...

Guardian Friday, 17th August 2018, 4:26AM - Read article


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Kent clinch quarter-final spot

Skipper Sam Billings led the way with an unbeaten half-century to book Kent Spitfires’ place in the Vitality Blast quarter-finals with a thrilling five-run win over Somerset at Canterbury.

Sky Sports Thursday, 16th August 2018, 10:30PM - Read article


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Ben Stokes may find door to Australia’s Big Bash is closed to him this off-season

• It’s definitely not a good look, says Sixers’ Jodie Hawkins• Stokes played Big Bash for Melbourne Renegades in 2015Ben Stokes could see his return to the Big Bash League blocked, with the Australian team who were leadi ...

Guardian Thursday, 16th August 2018, 7:41PM - Read article


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Ben Stokes should have faced assault charge, says man he felled

Ryan Hale was punched in the face by the cricketer, who was acquitted of affrayA former soldier knocked unconscious by England cricketer Ben Stokes during a street brawl in Bristol has said he cannot understand why the s ...

Guardian Thursday, 16th August 2018, 6:38PM - Read article


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England boast all-rounders but too many Swiss army knives will blunt them | Tim de Lisle

Stokes, Woakes, Moeen, Roland-Jones, the Currans, Rashid and Bess provide options and, while packing the team with them would not work, they can help make England better travellersHow many players are there in a cricket ...

Guardian Thursday, 16th August 2018, 3:10PM - Read article


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