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No Ben Stokes, no contest for confident Australia in one-sided Ashes

With a settled top five and their powerful pace attack on bouncy pitches, Steve Smith’s men will fancy their chances against a weakened England teamIt wouldn’t be the Ashes without hype in the lead-up. This time, we’re a ...

Guardian Monday, 9th October 2017, 12:01PM - Read article


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Steven Finn a logical England choice but not a Ben Stokes replacement

Given Ben Stokes’s prowess with bat and ball, England would need to select two extra players to replace him as they prepare for Ashes without the all-rounderBen Stokes has not been replaced by Steven Finn in the Ashes sq ...

Guardian Saturday, 7th October 2017, 12:00PM - Read article


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Steve Smith returns from India tour to give Australia fresh fitness scare

• Australia skipper expected to make Ashes despite shoulder problem• Injury comes in the wake of setback to bowler James PattinsonAustralia’s captain Steve Smith is expected to be fit for the Ashes despite returning home ...

Guardian Saturday, 7th October 2017, 10:57AM - Read article


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New Durham deal for Collingwood

Paul Collingwood has signed a new one-year contract at Durham.

Sky Sports Friday, 6th October 2017, 3:24PM - Read article


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Ben Stokes will not travel to Australia with England squad before Ashes

• Steven Finn added to Ashes touring party leaving on 28 October• Bairstow, Plunkett and Ball given formal written warnings and finedBen Stokes will not travel with the England squad to Australia on 28 October.The Englan ...

Guardian Friday, 6th October 2017, 12:58PM - Read article


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Durham feel squeeze after Mark Wood’s central England deal is downgraded

• Pace man returns to payroll after England scale back to white-ball contract• Parachute payment from ECB will ease concerns for embattled DurhamMark Wood has been downgraded from a full England central contract to a whi ...

Guardian Thursday, 5th October 2017, 2:29PM - Read article


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Patel named PCA Player of the Year

Nottinghamshire all-rounder Samit Patel has capped a trophy-laden summer by being voted the NatWest PCA Players’ Player of the Year.

Sky Sports Thursday, 5th October 2017, 12:00AM - Read article


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Durham batsman Jack Burnham faces year-long ban after failed drug test

• Burnham, 20, has tested positive for a recreational drug • ‘I’ve let team-mates, members and supporters down’Jack Burnham faces a 12-month ban after testing positive for a recreational drug. Durham announced on Wednesd ...

Guardian Wednesday, 4th October 2017, 2:59PM - Read article


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Why Test cricket still needs its fifth day | The Spin

There are good arguments for rationalising the calendar and decluttering the fixture list, but the case for cutting off the fifth day’s play is less convincingAfter some weeks in the jungle, Philip Halden decided the bes ...

Guardian Wednesday, 4th October 2017, 12:00PM - Read article


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ECB ponders canopy technology

The ECB and MCC have entered into discussions over potentially funding research into a new technology which could see mesh netting used at cricket grounds to solve the problem of rain stopping play.

Sky Sports Wednesday, 4th October 2017, 11:30AM - Read article


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Australia paceman James Pattinson ruled out of Ashes with back injury

• Lower back stress fracture puts 27-year-old out of series against England• Pattinson has not played since last game for Nottinghamshire on 1 JulyAustralia have suffered a sizeable Ashes setback after it was revealed Ja ...

Guardian Wednesday, 4th October 2017, 10:18AM - Read article


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Essex pair win CWC awards

Essex's Dan Lawrence and Jamie Porter have each won a prestigious Cricket Writers' Club award to go with this year's Specsavers County Championship title.

Sky Sports Wednesday, 4th October 2017, 10:00AM - Read article


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New Kent deals for Stevens, Tredwell

Kent veterans Darren Stevens and James Tredwell have signed new contracts with the club.

Sky Sports Tuesday, 3rd October 2017, 6:29PM - Read article


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Ashes absence of Ben Stokes would be good for Australia, says Mitchell Starc

• Fast bowler reckons loss of all-rounder would be blow for England • ‘If he is not there it is a blow for them and good for us’The Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc believes the possible absence of Ben Stokes from t ...

Guardian Tuesday, 3rd October 2017, 3:57PM - Read article


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Smit extends Derbyshire contract

Derbyshire have extended the contract of Daryn Smit by a further year to keep the wicketkeeper-batsman at the club until the end of the 2019 season.

Sky Sports Tuesday, 3rd October 2017, 10:50AM - Read article


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Australia quicks Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood on track for Ashes

Pace pair have recovered from injuries in time for series with EnglandPat Cummins also firing but James Pattinson suffers setback Three of Australia’s so-called “big four” fast bowling weapons are expected to be fit and ...

Guardian Tuesday, 3rd October 2017, 12:23AM - Read article


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Durham: No Stokes investigation

Durham have distanced themselves from the allegations surrounding Ben Stokes after revealing they would not be conducting an investigation into their all-rounder's arrest.

Sky Sports Monday, 2nd October 2017, 8:40PM - Read article


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Leach wins PCA award for September

Somerset slow left-armer Jack Leach has been voted the Professional Cricketers’ Association Player of the Month for September.

Sky Sports Monday, 2nd October 2017, 5:40PM - Read article


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England Lions opt for a mixed bag of Test hopefuls and youthful promise | Will Macpherson

The Lions squad to shadow the England team in Australia contains typical mix of talents but there are some notable and baffling outcastsEngland Lions squad announcements, in their own little way, provoke as much fury as ...

Guardian Monday, 2nd October 2017, 4:05PM - Read article


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Sidebottom reflects on career

Ryan Sidebottom says he's proud and happy of his 20-year career representing both Yorkshire and England.

Sky Sports Monday, 2nd October 2017, 3:05PM - Read article


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