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Dobell: England’s stagnated Test side must show progress | Cricket Bats | England

Ahh, the green, green grass of home. The pitch at Lord’s must offer a comforting sight to England this week. Well, their bowlers at least. After a couple of winters during which England’s impotency on flat wickets has been laid bare – Andrew Strauss admitted as much on Tuesday – it seems they will be […]

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England and Pakistan looking to forge new Test identity in mid-table battle | Cricket Bats | England

Big Picture The teams were jostling for the No. 1 Test ranking. Now they are battling mid-table mediocrity. Alastair Cook and Misbah-ul-Haq were the captains. Now it’s Joe Root and Sarfraz Ahmed. Younis Khan was jumping around the crease (and scoring a double century). Now Pakistan are trying to build a new middle order. It’s […]

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England and Pakistan looking to forge new Test identity in mid-table battle | Cricket Bats | England

Big Picture The teams were jostling for the No. 1 Test ranking. Now they are battling mid-table mediocrity. Alastair Cook and Misbah-ul-Haq were the captains. Now it’s Joe Root and Sarfraz Ahmed. Younis Khan was jumping around the crease (and scoring a double century). Now Pakistan are trying to build a new middle order. It’s […]

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Andrew Strauss urges England: ‘Embrace radical change or accept also-ran status’ | Cricket Bats | England

Andrew Strauss has urged English cricket to seize a unique opportunity to embrace radical change or accept a role among the also-rans of international cricket. Strauss, the director of the England team, admitted that England have “a long-standing problem” with their record in Test cricket away from home, but feels that a “reasonably radical” shake-up […]

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Andrew Strauss puts family first as he takes break as director of England cricket | Cricket Bats | England

Andrew Strauss, the director of England cricket, has announced he is to take an extended break from the game to spend time with his family. Strauss’ wife, Ruth, was diagnosed with cancer a few months ago and it is understood the condition has worsened. The couple have two young sons. Andy Flower, the former England […]

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Steve Rhodes earns redemption after Worcestershire sacking with new county scout role | Cricket Bats | England

Steve Rhodes has been given an opportunity to revive his cricketing career after being named as one of England’s new selection scouts. Rhodes, the former England keeper, was sacked by Worcestershire in January after it emerged that, for several months, he had concealed from the club’s hierarchy the arrest of a young player – Alex […]

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Dominic Bess takes rapid rise in his stride as Lord’s Test debut beckons | Cricket Bats | England

It says something for Dom Bess’s impatience that, on the brink of a Test debut at the age of 20, he describes himself as “a late developer”. It says something for his drive, too, that aged just 14, he made the decision to leave the Sidmouth club with which his family had been associated for […]

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Jos Buttler vows to play his own way after IPL form earns surprise recall to Test cricket | Cricket Bats | England

Jos Buttler has admitted he was as surprised as anyone by his Test recall and said it feels like “another debut”. Buttler, who has not played a Test since December 2016, was hailed for his “unique gifts” by new national selector, Ed Smith. But, having not played a first-class match this year or made a […]

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Mark Wood raring to make Test mark after swapping IPL for Derby | Cricket Bats | England

Mark Wood made the choice to come early from the IPL because he believes he has “a real point to prove” in Test cricket. Despite his battles with injuries, the fast bowler wants to succeed in the form of the game he considers “the pinnacle” and said he had not contemplated focusing on white-ball cricket, […]

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Two-divisional Championship promotes ‘short-termism’ – Wasim Khan | Cricket Bats | England

Wasim Khan, Leicestershire’s chief executive, has provided the clearest hint yet that the days of promotion and relegation in the County Championship could be coming to an end. While Wasim, chairman of the working party looking into the future shape of domestic cricket, was at pains to say no decisions had yet been made, he […]

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