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England’s treatment of Jonny Bairstow has continued his cycle of pain and joy

One summer, when he was 16 years old, carefree and on the very verge of life itself, Jonny Bairstow and a few of his friends went on a surfing holiday to Cornwall. One evening, he tells us in his autobiography, A Clear Blue Sky, they were sitting blissfully on the beach in Newquay when someone […]

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Ground rules for England to follow as Joe Root rebuilds his Test team

This weekend England’s cricketers, on tour far away, completed a whitewash. But you may have missed it, because England’s other cricketers had just gone down to a heavy defeat. A resounding success for the women in New Zealand couldn’t compete with another shocker from the men in India. There are some sports-loving nations where people […]

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‘We all know the benefits of IPL’: Jos Buttler defends his involvement

With England’s run of limited-overs fixtures in India – five Twenty20 games and three one-day internationals – ending on 28 March and the Indian Premier League starting less than a fortnight later and continuing until the end of May, Jos Buttler’s recent trip home, which ruled him out of the last three matches of the […]

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Joey Benjamin, former England, Surrey and Warwickshire bowler, dies aged 60

The former England fast bowler Joey Benjamin has died at the age of 60 Benjamin was born in St Kitts but made his name in English cricket, signing for Warwickshire at the age of 27 after a spell in the minor counties before enjoying a succesful stint at Surrey between 1992 and 1999. At the […]

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Human rights commission asked to examine racism in English cricket

The Equality and Human Rights Commission will be asked to conduct an investigation into racism in English cricket following a number of disturbing revelations from black and Asian players and umpires about their experiences in the game, the Guardian can reveal. A letter will be sent this week to the EHRC by Mohammed Patel, the […]

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Eoin Morgan warns Alex Hales may not make England’s T20 World Cup squad

England’s icy stance on Alex Hales may have started to thaw but the message from Eoin Morgan – the only voice that truly counts – is that breaking into his World Cup squad this year will be difficult given the abundance of top-order options. Morgan has been furnished with his full-strength squad for the five-match […]

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Australia’s Josh Philippe pulls out of IPL for ‘personal reasons’

Australia wicketkeeper-batsman Josh Philippe has pulled out of the IPL for personal reasons, prompting Royal Challengers Bangalore to sign uncapped New Zealander Finn Allen as a like-for-like replacement. Regarded one of Australia’s brightest batting prospects, 23-year-old Philippe made his international debut against New Zealand last month and played in all five matches of the recent […]