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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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