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Australia must follow Steve Smith's example to stand a chance in India | Russell Jackson

Australia’s Test tour promises little in the way of genuinely competitive cricket, as a rock-solid home batting line-up meets a fledgling oneFirstly, an announcement for viewers at home: playing the role of Glenn McGrath ...

Guardian Tuesday, 21st February 2017, 7:00PM - Read article


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Sam Curran in line for England ODI place against Ireland on back of IPL absentees

• Selectors keen to see Surrey’s 18-year-old all-rounder close up• Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes will stay with franchises and miss May seriesSam Curran could be a surprise beneficiary of the recent English success in the ...

Guardian Tuesday, 21st February 2017, 6:59PM - Read article


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Thangarasu Natarajan’s Punjab deal the latest product of IPL’s dream factory | The Spin

A bowler who honed his craft with a tennis ball and has played only four T20 games for his state side offers the latest example of the IPL’s capacity for fairytalesThe village of Chinnappampatti, 20 miles from Salem, 200 ...

Guardian Tuesday, 21st February 2017, 11:27AM - Read article


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Junaid returning to Lancashire

Lancashire have announced the return of Pakistan fast bowler Junaid Khan for this summer's NatWest T20 Blast.

Sky Sports Tuesday, 21st February 2017, 8:00AM - Read article


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With the IPL’s millions, this is surely the best time to be a top-level cricketer|Vic Marks

After Tymal Mills went for £1.4m in the latest Indian Premier League auction, what price would Ian Botham or Denis Compton in their pomp have reached?On Tuesday night every cricketer who has played for England has been i ...

Guardian Monday, 20th February 2017, 6:11PM - Read article


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Trott extends Warwickshire deal

Warwickshire batsman Jonathan Trott has committed his future to the county until at least the end of the 2018 season after signing a contract extension.

Sky Sports Monday, 20th February 2017, 11:30AM - Read article


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IPL auction: Ben Stokes sets record as highest-paid international player

• England T20 specialist Tymal Mills earns lucrative deal of his own• Stokes lands £1.7m after being signed by Rising Pune SupergiantsBen Stokes, the England all-rounder, has become the highest paid overseas cricketer in ...

Guardian Monday, 20th February 2017, 8:24AM - Read article


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Indian Premier League player auction 2017 – live!

Live updates from the event at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in BengaluruEmail: geoff.lemon@theguardian.com| Tweet: @GeoffLemonSport 7.27am GMT Australia’s lower tier of bowlers is being passed over. Billy Stanlake Ben Laughlin ...

Guardian Monday, 20th February 2017, 7:27AM - Read article


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Outstanding Asela Gunaratne does for Australia in final-ball T20 thriller

Australia 173; Sri Lanka 176-8 | Sri Lanka win by two wickets Southern Stars fall to defeat to New Zealand in Geelong double headerAllrounder Asela Gunaratne blasted Sri Lanka to a stunning two-wicket T20 win over Austra ...

Guardian Sunday, 19th February 2017, 12:29PM - Read article


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Joe Root’s smooth succession leaves only small matter of winning games

Rarely in English cricket history can there have been a captaincy transition with so little turmoil but how this translates into on-field success is unclearThe Joe Root inauguration week is finally over. His elevation to ...

Guardian Saturday, 18th February 2017, 10:00PM - Read article


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IPL ‘Hammerman’ primed to make Ben Stokes his latest auction millionaire

BBC Bargain Hunt’s Richard Madley is again calling lots at cricket’s richest auction with eight England players hoping to spark bidding wars among IPL franchisesThe Indian Premier League auction, cricket’s most capriciou ...

Guardian Saturday, 18th February 2017, 7:35PM - Read article


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As Joe Root takes over, where are the great England captaincy shemozzles of yore? | Matthew Engel

The ECB did their best to make it seem there was doubt over who would replace Alastair Cook in a role that has markedly declined in visibility and power - not to mention good-chappery and chaosIt is not often that the En ...

Guardian Friday, 17th February 2017, 1:43PM - Read article


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Sri Lanka defeat Australia from final delivery of T20 thriller at the MCG

Sri Lanka defeat Australia by five wickets in the first T20I at the MCGChamara Kapugedera gets Sri Lanka home with final-ball boundaryChamara Kapugedera’s last-ball boundary has given Sri Lanka a five-wicket win over Aus ...

Guardian Friday, 17th February 2017, 12:50PM - Read article


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Jack Leach left out of England Lions side while he struggles with new action

• Spin bowler had to remodel action after illegal kink detected last year• Leach not selected to face Sri Lanka AJack Leach, the Somerset left-arm spinner, was omitted from the England Lions side who began their first un ...

Guardian Friday, 17th February 2017, 12:48PM - Read article


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Villani and Lanning help Southern Stars to big win over New Zealand

Australia defeat New Zealand by 40 runs in the first T20I at the MCGElyse Villani (73 not out) and Meg Lanning (60) dominant in MelbourneAustralia’s 40-run T20I win over New Zealand on Friday hinged on the two lives Meg ...

Guardian Friday, 17th February 2017, 10:36AM - Read article


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Matthew Wade says concussion substitute rule 'needs to be looked at'

‘We’ve got to look after the players,’ says Australian wicketkeeperAaron Finch also spoke out after the concussion of Victoria’s Sam HarperThe push for concussion substitutes in first-class cricket continues to gather mo ...

Guardian Thursday, 16th February 2017, 11:45PM - Read article


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Mitchell elected PCA chairman

Former Worcestershire captain Daryl Mitchell has been elected by his fellow players for an initial two-year term as the new chairman of the Professional Cricketers' Association.

Sky Sports Thursday, 16th February 2017, 11:50AM - Read article


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Can cricket be saved from itself? How the ICC is flirting with essential reform | Tim Wigmore

With skill and appetite growing outside Test-playing nations, the need to shift power from Australia, England and India has never been so great. But is incremental reform enough, and will urgent changes get the backing t ...

Guardian Thursday, 16th February 2017, 11:00AM - Read article


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Joe Root can take heart from proud history of Yorkshire’s England captains

Past bodes well for county’s 10th national leader, who can look back on a lineage of lords, knights and no little silverwareSo the three-day event that has been the deliverance of the new England captain finally came to ...

Guardian Wednesday, 15th February 2017, 10:00PM - Read article


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Joe Root says he will seek Alastair Cook’s advice but do captaincy his way

• ‘I would like to think I can put my stamp on things and do things my way’• Root introduced at Headingley as the 80th England Test cricket captainJoe Root has said he plans on doings things his way after being formally ...

Guardian Wednesday, 15th February 2017, 2:59PM - Read article


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