Joe Root should be himself – captains can confound expectations | Vic Marks
The consensus is that England’s new Test leader has all the right qualities to make a success of it but it is important that he remains his own manThere is a broad consensus that Joe Root will be a good captain but there ...
Guardian Wednesday, 15th February 2017, 10:00AM - Read article
England’s Ben Stokes says the team want to rekindle the love of Test cricket
• Vice-captain promises entertaining style under Joe Root’s leadership • All-rounder says new responsibility will not alter his way of playingBen Stokes insists his role as vice-captain to Joe Root will not alter his agg ...
Guardian Tuesday, 14th February 2017, 8:27PM - Read article
Ben Stokes can be Joe Root’s ‘enforcer’ says England captain’s father
• Matt Root: ‘Joe was quite nervous as it was his first interview’• ‘Joe will be a slightly more aggressive captain than Cooky’Joe Root’s father, Matt, believes the new England vice-captain, Ben Stokes, can be his son’s ...
Guardian Tuesday, 14th February 2017, 1:50PM - Read article
Yardy to coach Sussex batsmen
Former England international Michael Yardy has been appointed Sussex's new batting coach after scoring more than 10,000 first-class runs for the county.
Sky Sports Tuesday, 14th February 2017, 11:50AM - Read article
Sky Sports' Summer of Cricket
Sky Sports will broadcast more hours of cricket than ever before this summer, including live coverage of England's internationals, the ICC Champions Trophy, the ICC Women's World Cup, NatWest T20 Blast and more.
Sky Sports Tuesday, 14th February 2017, 11:00AM - Read article
England risk shackling Ben Stokes’ huge talent by making him vice-captain | Vic Marks
Like Ian Botham and Andrew Flintoff the all-rounder craves to be taken seriously, but the decision to give him an official leading role may backfireIn 2017 at least the pundits and the pollsters have got something right. ...
Guardian Tuesday, 14th February 2017, 10:00AM - Read article
Joe Root was not always earmarked for England captaincy but rarely shirks a test | The Spin
Ever since he was a young boy in the Yorkshire nets the country’s new Test leader has demonstrated that, experienced or not, he has the heart for the fightWhen Joe Root was 12 he won a prize coveted by every cricket-nut ...
Guardian Monday, 13th February 2017, 5:30PM - Read article
Joe Root to be appointed England Test captain after Andrew Strauss talks
• Root set to be appointed to role on Monday after ECB approval• Ben Stokes set to be appointed as vice captainJoe Root will be appointed as England’s new Test captain after accepting the position during talks with Andre ...
Guardian Monday, 13th February 2017, 9:18AM - Read article
Joe Root’s promotion to England captain looks secured as others queue to be No2
Ben Stokes is the favourite and Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes are also in the running, but another option is not to name a vice-captainIf Joe Root’s ascendancy to the England Test captaincy has felt a locked ...
Guardian Sunday, 12th February 2017, 10:01AM - Read article
This week in 1970 | From the Observer archive
White South African cricket team invited to tour the UKThe MCC’s decision to go ahead with a severely curtailed tour by white South African cricketers next summer was probably inevitable. The cricketing authorities were ...
Guardian Sunday, 12th February 2017, 12:05AM - Read article
Alastair Cook no longer an officer but still an asset to England’s new commander | Vic Marks
The record of former England captains as run-scorers is not that encouraging – only David Gower seems to have prospered – but such is Alastair Cook’s single-mindedness he can buck that trend“He’s no Mike Brearley” was a ...
Guardian Saturday, 11th February 2017, 12:00PM - Read article
New England Patriots prove the potency of the great comeback | Andrew Anthony
A moment of impossible fortune proved the turning point that sparked a stunning Super Bowl revival, and reminded us why fightback wins are the most cherished of allIn Fever Pitch, his peerless football fan’s memoir, Nick ...
Guardian Saturday, 11th February 2017, 10:00AM - Read article
Wicketkeeper Sam Harper taken to hospital after being struck with bat
Victorian was standing up to stumps when he suffered blow to headNot the first time this summer a player has been hit by a batScans have cleared Victorian wicketkeeper Sam Harper of any major injury after being taken to ...
Guardian Saturday, 11th February 2017, 6:34AM - Read article
Pakistan suspend Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif over match-fixing concerns
• Pakistan T20 openers caught up in domestic investigation• Authorities say ‘syndicate attempting to corrupt Pakistan Super League’Pakistan’s two opening batsmen in their nine-wicket Twenty20 win against England last yea ...
Guardian Friday, 10th February 2017, 5:51PM - Read article
Glamorgan's Wallace retires
Glamorgan wicketkeeper Mark Wallace has announced his retirement from first-class cricket after 18 years with the county.
Sky Sports Friday, 10th February 2017, 4:30PM - Read article
Andrew Strauss holds talks over England Test captaincy with Joe Root
• Ben Stokes and Stuart Broad also spoken to about role• Root poised to step up from position as Test vice-captainAndrew Strauss, the director of England cricket, has begun the process of selecting his new Test captain a ...
Guardian Friday, 10th February 2017, 10:05AM - Read article
Lancashire duo pen new deals
Lancashire County Cricket club pair Liam Livingstone and Saqib Mahmood have both signed new deals to keep them at Old Trafford, the club confirmed on Friday.
Sky Sports Friday, 10th February 2017, 8:15AM - Read article
Young Indian cricketer's astonishing innings makes him global sensation
Mohit Ahlawat, 21, a farmer’s son from a rural district north of Delhi, is coolly facing his sudden stardom in the way he faces bowlersHis world-first 300 run knock in a Twenty20 match at a suburban Delhi cricket ground ...
Guardian Thursday, 9th February 2017, 8:31AM - Read article
Nic Maddinson takes a break from cricket for 'personal reasons'
• Maddinson pulls out of New South Wales’s clash with Queensland after also missing match against Victoria • Batsman had been dropped from Australian Test side after matches against South Africa and PakistanAustralian cr ...
Guardian Wednesday, 8th February 2017, 9:49PM - Read article
Reform can't come soon enough given maelstrom of current cricket rankings | Geoff Lemon
A string of complex calculations tell us that South Africa are on the cusp of seizing top spot but if they do rise to world No1, will dethroned Australia care? Oh woe and pestilence, Australia stand to cede a shining cro ...
Guardian Wednesday, 8th February 2017, 7:00PM - Read article