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County Championship 2022: team-by-team guide to the new season

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Captain Tom Westley Head coach Anthony McGrath It was something of a shock when Essex failed to win the Championship last year after lifting the trophy in 2017 and 2019 and the “Bob” in 2020. The die was set in late A...

England are collapse specialists but Hobart ignominy sets new low

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At least it was quick. The final ignominy over in less than two hours, from Rory Burns to Ollie Robinson with barely time for a scratch and a sniff: 10 wickets for 56 runs in 22 overs. Out of a paper bag into the ashe...

England’s batting has lacked seasonal cheer – and it could get worse

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Open a door on an Advent calendar and you find a pleasant surprise. A pep-up to put a spring in your step in the approach to Christmas. Unfortunately, the ECB’s autumnal supermarket sweep went a little awry and Englan...

How important is the first ball of an Ashes series? Just ask Steve Harmison

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’Tis the season to be reading everything into the first ball of an Ashes series, while an army of memers awaits on Twitter. So, pity the poor soul thrown the scarlet Kookaburra at Brisbane on Wednesday morning: may hi...

Cack-handed as ever, Yorkshire CCC has been devoured by Azeem Rafiq scandal

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What should you know about Yorkshire CCC, the club that has been roundly condemned by multiple MPs, including Sajid Javid? That it is a cricket club with a history of internecine squabbles, that it appears to have an ...

Player-by-player guide to England’s touring Ashes squad

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Old man river rolls into his ninth Ashes series. He has continued to sweep away milestones this summer – becoming the highest Test wicket-taking seamer of all time and picking up his 1,000th first-class wicket – but t...

Jos Buttler: ‘I certainly haven’t played my best by a long stretch’

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Jos Buttler has no taste for revealing his innermost thoughts to a hungry press pack. So it was little wonder that he was cagey on his return to the Test team after a match off to attend the birth of his second daught...

Ravi Ashwin’s Test recall is tempting for India, but will the Oval turn?

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Anyone who spent the winter lockdown tracking England’s progressive stagger around India will remember the off‑spinner Ravichandran Ashwin wiping out batting lineups with the ease of a lazy swipe of the monopoly board...

Ollie Robinson’s eventful year with England takes another upturn

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The narrative arc of Ollie Robinson’s summer would startle the chiselled hero of a summer beach bonk-buster. From hero to villain and back again, from county pro on the south coast to man of the match here, from being...

Jonny Bairstow’s quick reflexes show he could reclaim keeper’s gloves

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A bear prowled the worn area of grass at second slip, with the feline Joe Root to his immediate left. As he contemplated the next delivery, he pulled at his long-sleeved, cable knit jumper and hitched up his trousers....

Dawid Malan steps up in time in England’s search for the right No 3

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It always comes back to Australia. The tour that was, the home series to come. Every two years, a relentless obsession for English cricket. A trap. And now, with only two and a half Tests left of the summer before a p...

Cricket’s failures on racism are far more important than any Test

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Failure tastes like the bathroom floor after a night out. It floods like a blush from the ears to the fingertips, sending you burrowing for sanctuary. It haunts, pouncing in the night. But what turns misfortune into s...

By conflating gender and sex we undermine sporting competition

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What is fairness? In sport, everything. From childhood, we come to see the headstart in the playground race, the shove in the goalmouth, a rogue thumb on the egg (and spoon) as unjust, and quickly, loudly, “Oi!” objec...

Five things for England to fix before the Test series against India

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England start a five-Test series against India in just over seven weeks. The return of Ben Stokes for the start and Jofra Archer, midway through, will help with balance. But, batting disaster aside, what England have ...

County Championship 2021: team-by-team guide to the new season

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There is a revised County Championship structure for 2021. The 18 first-class counties have been split into three seeded groups of six, with seedings based on performances in four-day cricket in 2019 and 2020 and acco...

Alex Hartley: ‘I don’t think I deserve to have people telling me to die’

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Barely two hours after Joe Root had taken five wickets in the third Test at Ahmedabad with his holiday-season off-breaks, the cricketer Alex Hartley tapped out a tweet meant to highlight the women’s match against New ...