England and Eoin Morgan upbeat over Ben Stokes’ bowling prospects
• All-rounder’s fitness to bowl will be decided on morning of Bangladesh clash • Captain Morgan says Jason Roy will open throughout Champions TrophyEoin Morgan offered a characteristic dose of clarity on the eve of the C ...
Guardian Wednesday, 31st May 2017, 10:00PM - Read article
Ben Stokes the totem in Champions Trophy reboot of English cricket | Barney Ronay
England’s white-ball buccaneers start against Bangladesh on Thursday aiming to capture the hearts, minds and disposable income of the massesOver to you then, Morgs, Stokesey, lads. No pressure. Just remember to play with ...
Guardian Wednesday, 31st May 2017, 4:15PM - Read article
The rise and rise of Bangladesh cricket – what took them so long? | Tim Wigmore
With 160 million people, an insatiable zest for the game and improving infrastructure, Bangladesh loom as world cricket’s next major forceIt was at the Adelaide Oval in 2015 that Bangladesh cricket’s rise became undeniab ...
Guardian Wednesday, 31st May 2017, 8:30AM - Read article
VOTE: PCA Fans' Player of May
Surrey's former Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara, Glamorgan all-rounder Colin Ingram, Worcestershire batsman Daryl Mitchell and Alastair Cook, the Essex and England opener, have been shortlisted for the Professional Cr ...
Sky Sports Wednesday, 31st May 2017, 8:00AM - Read article
England offer Jason Roy chance to blast away doubts at Champions Trophy
• Opener set to retain place against Bangladesh despite Jonny Bairstow’s form• Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes all likely to be fit after injury nigglesJason Roy will be told to clear his mind and back his natural ...
Guardian Tuesday, 30th May 2017, 7:51PM - Read article
Phil Mickelson more famous than Neymar, Brady and Bolt, ESPN claims
Golfer proclaimed fifth most famous athlete on planet by ESPNCristiano Ronaldo, LeBron James and Lionel Messi occupy top threePhil Mickelson is not only the world’s best known golfer, but one of the five most famous athl ...
Guardian Tuesday, 30th May 2017, 5:16PM - Read article
The Champions Trophy lives on as a monument to muddled thinking | Andy Bull
The tin-pot World Cup was supposed to be scrapped two decades ago to make way for a Test world championship – meanwhile we’re still waitingIn another world, not so very far from our own, the Champions Trophy is over alre ...
Guardian Tuesday, 30th May 2017, 1:24PM - Read article
County cricket talking points: Kumar Sangakkara's season average hits 109.50
Sangakkara has now hit 876 runs this season; Somerset need to wake up; Kent have to be more ruthless; and Paul Collingwood’s declaration deserves an ovationBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket Blog, part of the Guardian ...
Guardian Tuesday, 30th May 2017, 1:04PM - Read article
Champions Trophy: team-by-team guide to the tournament | Simon Burnton
India are likely to face their stiffest opposition from South Africa, England and New Zealand in defence of the title they won at Edgbaston four years agoCoach Darren Lehmann Related: Everything up for grabs for England ...
Guardian Tuesday, 30th May 2017, 10:30AM - Read article
'We couldn't sit on our hands': James Sutherland opens up on player pay dispute
Cricket Australia chief says players will receive a 15% increase under the governing body’s new model and ‘there aren’t many people in Australia’ getting thatJames Sutherland has taken the gloves off in Cricket Australia ...
Guardian Tuesday, 30th May 2017, 1:03AM - Read article
Kumar Sangakkara misses out on joining exclusive club by 16 runs
• Batsman just failed to make centuries in six successive first-class innings• The Sri Lankan would have joined CB Fry, Don Bradman and Mike ProcterSixteen runs: that was the margin by which Kumar Sangakkara missed out o ...
Guardian Monday, 29th May 2017, 8:38PM - Read article
England’s Eoin Morgan critical of Lord’s pitch after collapse against South Africa
• ‘I don’t think it was a one-day international wicket to be honest’• ODI captain would be disappointed if Champions Trophy surfaces were similarEoin Morgan gave a withering assessment of the Lord’s pitch on which his En ...
Guardian Monday, 29th May 2017, 7:24PM - Read article
CC round-up: Glamorgan stun Durham
Glamorgan beat Durham on the final day in Swansea, chasing down 266 with just three balls remaining in a thrilling finish to earn their first County Championship Division Two win of the season.
Sky Sports Monday, 29th May 2017, 7:10PM - Read article
England suffer record top-order collapse as South Africa win at Lord’s
• England 153; South Africa 156-3• South Africa win by seven wickets with 127 balls remainingAny fears that England will saunter into the Champions Trophy in an overly-confident fashion have at least been allayed followi ...
Guardian Monday, 29th May 2017, 5:02PM - Read article
England v South Africa: third ODI – live!
Follow live over-by-over updates from Lord’sCounty cricket: Essex v Surrey, Kent v Sussex and more – live!Send your thoughts to Tim by email. Tweet @TimdeLisle 12.01pm BST 11th over: England 45-6 (Bairstow 15, Willey 9) ...
Guardian Monday, 29th May 2017, 12:01PM - Read article
County cricket: Essex v Surrey, Kent v Sussex and Glamorgan v Durham – live!
• All the final day action from Chelmsford plus news from around the grounds• Join in below the line or you can email and tweet Will Macpherson 11.37am BST Grievous Bodily Harmer on here. About time that one of these got ...
Guardian Monday, 29th May 2017, 11:38AM - Read article
CCD2: Worcs win forth straight
Daryl Mitchell led Worcestershire to a fourth straight Specsavers County Championship Division Two victory, but there was a serious footnote to the third day after Northamptonshire's Richard Levi was struck on the head w ...
Sky Sports Sunday, 28th May 2017, 8:40PM - Read article
Ben Stokes leads England injury worries for final ODI against South Africa
• England also sweating on fitness of Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali • Hosts call up Steven Finn, Toby Roland-Jones and Liam DawsonReinforcements have been summoned to enable England to omit key players for Monday’s final ma ...
Guardian Sunday, 28th May 2017, 6:09PM - Read article
County cricket: Essex v Surrey, Somerset v Hants and more – live!
All the action from around the county groundsVic Marks: Everything up for grabs for England in Champions TrophyCounty cricket round-up: Lawrence digs in for EssexEmail Will here; or tweet him @willis_macp 12.23pm BST A c ...
Guardian Sunday, 28th May 2017, 12:23PM - Read article
CCD1: Crane spins Hants to win
Mason Crane took five-for to spin Hampshire to a 90-run victory over Somerset in the Specsavers County Championship on day three at Taunton.
Sky Sports Sunday, 28th May 2017, 11:09AM - Read article