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Keaton Jennings returns as England sacrifice Ben Foakes in tactical rejig

<p>• Bairstow will keep wicket despite Foakes being fit<br>• Denly at No 3, Wood in for Curran or Stokes</p><p>Keaton Jennings has been given the chance to resurrect his international career as th ...

Guardian Friday, 8th February 2019, 6:33PM - Read article


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England’s attempt to atone against West Indies starts in some confusion | Vic Marks

There remains a sense of bewilderment that they have been so thoroughly outplayed and Ben Stokes’s injury has added to uncertainty before third Test<p>This is an idyllic spot to be in crisis. The green hills above ...

Guardian Friday, 8th February 2019, 6:32PM - Read article


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Ricky Ponting to join Australia's coaching staff for World Cup

<ul><li>Former captain to be a ‘valuable mentor’ to squad</li><li>Graeme Hick to focus on Ashes preparation <br></li></ul><p>Ricky Ponting has been appointed as an assistan ...

Guardian Friday, 8th February 2019, 4:30AM - Read article


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Ben Stokes picks up beach injury as England seek to avoid Test whitewash

<p>• All-rounder misses nets with Woakes and Foakes also in doubt<br>• Tourists may have to rejig the batting to face West Indies</p><p>Ben Stokes has emerged as an injury doubt for the third Test ...

Guardian Thursday, 7th February 2019, 8:04PM - Read article


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Sarah Taylor thanks England for mental health approach on partial return

<ul><li>Taylor to play three ODIs as she continues to manage anxiety</li><li>Katherine Brunt also returns to squad after back injury</li></ul><p>Sarah Taylor says the England and ...

Guardian Thursday, 7th February 2019, 7:51PM - Read article


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Chris Gayle returns to West Indies squad for England ODI series at age of 39

• Gayle remains part of West Indies World Cup plans <br />• Marlon Samuels’s omission means no Ben Stokes reunion<p>Chris Gayle has been named in the West Indies one-day squad for the series against England. ...

Guardian Thursday, 7th February 2019, 3:30PM - Read article


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England's heaviest Test defeats, the 1981 Fed Cup and Haneen Zreika | Classic YouTube

<p>This week’s roundup also features the worst Super Bowls, a points-fest of a Six Nations final day and golfers being good</p><p>1) England receiving a Test match cricket horsing will be familiar to th ...

Guardian Thursday, 7th February 2019, 10:43AM - Read article


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Bowling coach David Saker quits in latest Australian cricket shakeup

<ul><li>Saker leaves ‘in best interests of team’</li><li>Troy Cooley takes over for tours to India and Pakistan</li></ul><p>The winds of change continue to blow through the Austr ...

Guardian Thursday, 7th February 2019, 12:05AM - Read article


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Mitchell Starc adds to Australia's injury concerns ahead of World Cup defence

<ul><li>Paceman joins Josh Hazlewood on sidelines</li><li>Expected to miss tour to India this month</li></ul><p>Australia’s World Cup preparations have suffered a new blow, with ...

Guardian Wednesday, 6th February 2019, 9:36PM - Read article


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Jack Leach bides his time to add to four Test appearances for England | Vic Marks

<p>Somerset bowler has been as down as the rest after the two recent Test defeats and hopes he soon gets the chance to show what he can do</p><p>England’s Test players may be feeling a bit miserable aft ...

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England need to find a way in unfamiliar choppy waters of St Lucia | Vic Marks

<p>Tourists prepare for first ever Test on the island where their current crisis involves poor play rather than bad behaviour</p><p>Not for the first time England find themselves in a bit of a pickle in ...

Guardian Wednesday, 6th February 2019, 4:03PM - Read article


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West Indies roll back years to make England look like Calypso Cricketers | Andy Bull

The hosts have schooled England in the disciplines of Test cricket and made the tourists look like the slapdash outfit West Indies were once so wrongly caricatured as<p>Long before he won the Queen’s Gold Medal for ...

Guardian Tuesday, 5th February 2019, 8:00PM - Read article


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Joe Denly out to stake Ashes claim by helping England salvage Test pride

• Denly determined to prove he is not a makeshift opener<br />• England smarting after losing both Tests against West Indies<p>Joe Denly arrives in St Lucia determined to prove he is not simply a stopgap Test ...

Guardian Tuesday, 5th February 2019, 6:38PM - Read article


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The Spin | ‘I think cricket still means something to the global Caribbean community’

A snapshot of a complicated picture to see how West Indies’ win over England resonates in communities further afield<p>It is quiet on Monday morning on Hulme High Street, south Manchester. It is not quite lunchtime ...

Guardian Tuesday, 5th February 2019, 1:02PM - Read article


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England and Australia in trouble but whose distress is the more acute? | Matthew Engel

<p>With England looking pallid and Australia showing only faint signs of recovery, this summer’s Ashes could be thrillingly close</p><p>The traditional role of Poms in Australia is to accept graciously ...

Guardian Tuesday, 5th February 2019, 9:45AM - Read article


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Mark Wood may replace Sam Curran as England ponder change of pace

• Wood attended voluntary nets session on Monday<br />• Chris Woakes’ knee problem likely to rule him out<p>Mark Wood has scarcely known an England dressing room as quiet as that which followed the <a href ...

Guardian Monday, 4th February 2019, 10:00PM - Read article


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Significant win for Australia after year spent hobbling from disaster to disaster | Geoff Lemon

<p>Mitchell Starc headlined several encouraging performances against Sri Lanka, but the Ashes series is still a long way off<br></p><p>Walking past Manuka Oval on one of Canberra’s many circular a ...

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Fix the top three, consider Root’s position: an England recovery plan | Rob Smyth

<p>Changes are needed in the wake of England’s defeats in the Caribbean, but this is not the time for knee-jerk reactions</p><p>England have won eight of their past 11 Tests. They have also won eight of ...

Guardian Monday, 4th February 2019, 10:00AM - Read article


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Australia win second Test against Sri Lanka and series 2-0 – as it happened

<ul><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2019/feb/04/mitchell-starc-fires-as-australia-dismantle-sri-lanka-and-secure-test-series-win">Mitchell Starc claims 10th wicket of match</a></ ...

Guardian Monday, 4th February 2019, 4:14AM - Read article


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Mitchell Starc fires as Australia dismantle Sri Lanka and secure Test series win

<ul><li>Australia 534-5 (dec) &amp; 196-3(dec); Sri Lanka 215 &amp; 149</li><li>Mitchell Starc claims 10 wickets in 366-run victory</li></ul><p>Mitchell Starc roared back ...

Guardian Monday, 4th February 2019, 4:01AM - Read article


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