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Ben Stokes urges rethink on England’s ‘ridiculous’ fixture log jam

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Ben Stokes has called for England’s “ridiculous” match schedule to be addressed as he prepares for a summer when there will be play on up to 50 of 102 days between the start of the first Test against New Zealand on 2 ...

Ben Stokes has the drive and celebrity wattage to revive the pulse of Test cricket

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The appointment of Ben Stokes as the England men’s Test captain was always going to generate a little heat. The patient may be sickly. The team – and indeed Test cricket itself, which has been dying since the day it w...

Memo to Ben Stokes: take the captaincy – but get out while the going is good

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The career of an England Test captain, like a life in politics, always seems to end in failure. Maybe it’s at a tearful press conference after back-to-back thrashings by South Africa. Or by a hastily arranged England ...

Taiwan may extend conscription as Ukraine invasion stokes China fears

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Taiwan is considering extending compulsory military service for young citizens to a year, its defence minister has said, in an apparent reverse of the island’s years-long transition from conscription towards a fully v...

Ben Stokes remembers late father after ‘special’ century against West Indies

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Ben Stokes reflected on one of the most memorable hundreds of his career at the close of day two in Barbados, with the all-rounder putting West Indies to the sword in fine style after a year of personal difficulties. ...

Ben Stokes’ England fireworks light up second Test against West Indies

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Day two in Barbados was one to savour for the England supporters who have landed on the island seeking sun and fun. First came a destructive and emotional 11th Test century for Ben Stokes, followed by the sight of Mat...

Wave of House Democratic retirements stokes fears for party’s election prospects

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For the Michigan congresswoman Brenda Lawrence, it was a question from her husband: “When is our time?” For the North Carolina congressman David Price, it was the judgment that “the time has come” to step down. Some r...

Energy prices surge as Russian invasion of Ukraine stokes fears of global shortages

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Global markets were thrown into turmoil on Thursday as the arrival of war on European soil sent prices of commodities such as oil, gas and wheat surging, while stock market plunged. The ramifications of a potentially ...

Ben Stokes documentary to continue filming on England’s West Indies tour

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Ben Stokes will have a camera crew with him during next month’s Caribbean tour after becoming the latest high-profile sportsperson to sign up to a documentary about his life and career. The Guardian has learned that S...

Ben Stokes backs Joe Root and says he has ‘no ambition’ to be England captain

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Ben Stokes has thrown his full support behind Joe Root and Chris Silverwood, insisting any blame for England’s Ashes defeat should be shared around the tour party. The all-rounder has also stated that he has no design...

‘Sore’ Ben Stokes searches for positives despite England’s Ashes toils

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Ben Stokes never gives up on a Test and after England’s latest chastening day at the hands of Australia in Adelaide he said: “If we don’t believe, we’re beaten already.” The 30-year-old vice-captain, who returned for ...

Ben Stokes tries to bring Bodyline back as England toil in second Test

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What’s got red hair and six legs? Ben Stokes bowling at Marnus Labuschagne. OK, as a Christmas cracker joke it could do with some work. As a bowling strategy, however, it proved a lot more entertaining – and for Engla...

Trading halt for China developer Kaisa stokes fresh jitters in property sector

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Trading in shares of embattled Chinese developer Kaisa Group Holdings have been suspended on the Hong Kong stock exchange, prompting fresh nerves about the financial stability of the country’s massive property sector....

Ben Stokes set to return for England in first Ashes Test against Australia

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Chris Silverwood expects Ben Stokes will make his Test return at the Gabba this week and the head coach believes the very presence of England’s Headingley hero from 2019 has lifted hopes of winning back the Ashes from...

Ben Stokes finds some bowling form as rain abates to let England play

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The importance of Ben Stokes to England’s Ashes campaign can scarcely be overstated and so the all-rounder’s first outing in the middle for four months was a significant moment for Joe Root’s men as they prepare for n...

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