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Monthly Archives: May 2018

CA parts ways with Newlands investigator Iain Roy | Cricket Bats | Australia

Iain Roy, Cricket Australia’s head of integrity and the conductor of the rapid investigation into the Newlands ball-tampering scandal, has been summarily removed by the governing body even as reviews into its culture and conduct continue. In December 2013, Roy had been promoted to head a unit specifically created to deal with integrity issues around […]

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Joe Root defends Trevor Bayliss as vultures begin to circle around Test coach | Cricket Bats | England

Joe Root has defended Trevor Bayliss after speculation that the England coach could be sacked if England lose again in Leeds. Were England to lose in Headingley, it would be their third series loss in a row and their seventh defeat in 10 Tests. They would also slip to No. 7 in the ICC’s Test […]

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Chastened England wait on Stokes as Pakistan target series win | Cricket Bats | England

Big Picture On an overcast Tuesday afternoon just over two weeks ago in Malahide, Pakistan found themselves three wickets down for 14, still needing 146 more to prevent Ireland becoming the first team since 1877 to win their maiden Test match. With a worrying recent history of fourth-innings implosions, Pakistan looked set for a defeat […]

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Voges new WA coach in ‘natural progression’ from Langer | Cricket Bats | Australia

Western Australia’s new coach Adam Voges will seek to preserve the culture fostered by his predecessor Justin Langer while also aiming to improve on the state’s recent Sheffield Shield results, which have faded after consecutive final appearances in 2014 and 2015. Voges was formally unveiled on Thursday as the coach of WA and also the […]

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Alastair Cook warns England careers are on the line amid Test slump | Cricket Bats | England

Alastair Cook has warned members of the England dressing room will “be looking for other employment” if they are unable to reverse their recent run of form. Cook, who will break Allan Border’s record for the most consecutive Tests when he takes the field in Leeds on Friday, accepts that England are “not playing well” […]

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Sam Curran called up as cover for Ben Stokes after hamstring scare | Cricket Bats | England

Sam Curran has been drafted into England’s Test squad after Ben Stokes sustained a hamstring strain. Curran, the 19-year-old Surrey left-arm swing bowler, travelled to Leeds on Wednesday night and will train with the squad on Thursday. His brother, Tom, represented England in the final two Tests of the Ashes. Stokes sustained the strain during […]

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James Anderson shuts out criticism as England’s misfiring Test team reaches crunch time | Cricket Bats | England

James Anderson has urged the England team to “block out the noise” from their critics as they prepare for a crucial second Test against Pakistan. Anderson is one of several members of the squad – and their support staff – to come in for criticism after a dismal performance at Lord’s saw England go one-down […]

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Keaton Jennings: It might be the last Test I play so really want to enjoy it | Cricket Bats | England

Keaton Jennings hopes a more relaxed approach can help him make a successful return to “one of the toughest jobs in Test cricket.” Jennings, who has been recalled for a second stint as Alastair Cook’s opening partner, knows full-well the challenges of the job and refers to a “dark period” around the time he was […]

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Jos Buttler rested for Scotland ODI, Liam Plunkett returns as full-strength side faces Australia | Cricket Bats | England

Jos Buttler has been rested for England’s ODI against Scotland next month while Liam Plunkett returns to the squad for that match and the series against Australia. A hamstring injury had ruled Plunkett out of the matches against New Zealand. Captain Eoin Morgan is expected to be fit for the start of England’s one-day season […]

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Khawaja on spin trial for Australia A tour of India | Cricket Bats | Australia

Usman Khawaja‘s long-running battle to improve his methods against spin bowling may well reach a crucible on the Australia A tour of India in August and September, where he will be the most experienced member of a touring party chosen with an eye on the Test series against Pakistan in the UAE that follows. Struggles […]

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