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Bancroft, Paine named in Australia’s Test Ashes squad

SYDNEY: Opening batsman Cameron Bancroft is set for his Test debut and wicketkeeper Tim Paine returns in a shock selection in Australia’s squad named Friday for the first two Tests against England. Bancroft gets his chance after scoring heavily in this season’s domestic Sheffield Shield competition, and replaces Matthew Renshaw as David Warner’s opening batting…

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England must silence Aussie crowds to win Ashes – Swann

LONDON: England must silence the baying home crowds if they are to stand any chance of getting on top of Australia during the upcoming Ashes series, said former spinner Graeme Swann.

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New boys impress as England hold Germany

LONDON: England debutants Jordan Pickford and Ruben Loftus-Cheek caught the eye as Gareth Southgate’s injured-ravaged side played out a 0-0 draw with world champions Germany in Friday’s Wembley friendly. Everton goalkeeper Pickford, 23, made a number of smart saves, while 21-year-old Chelsea midfielder Loftus-Cheek, who is on loan at Crystal Palace, produced an assured display…

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England wrap up big tour win over Cricket Australia XI

ADELAIDE: England needed just seven overs to wrap up a comprehensive 192-run victory over the Cricket Australia XI early on the final day of the four-day tour match at Adelaide Oval on Saturday. James Anderson took two wickets and Craig Overton claimed the other to mop up the remaining three to dismiss CA XI for…

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Cricket: Woakes saves England’s blushes with inspired spell

Adelaide: Paceman Chris Woakes claimed four wickets as England roared back to the verge of victory against the Cricket Australia XI after the third day of the four day-night tour match at Adelaide Oval on Friday. The tourists scrambled to 207 in their second innings on the back of Jonny Bairstow’s unbeaten 61 off 66…

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Anderson replaces Stokes as England vice-captain

ADELAIDE: England’s record bowler James Anderson was named as vice-captain for the Ashes series against Australia on Friday, replacing Ben Stokes who is suspended and under investigation over a nightclub brawl. Anderson, 35, who has 506 Test wickets, was promoted as understudy to captain Joe Root ahead of fellow paceman Stuart Broad and ex-skipper Alastair…

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England supremo Strauss eager for Stokes ‘clarity’

England chief Andrew Strauss has admitted the ongoing absence of Ben Stokes from the tour of Australia is a “blow” to the team but said the all-rounder’s future involvement in the Ashes was largely out of his hands.  Joe Root’s squad left England without vice-captain Stokes who remains at home awaiting the outcome of a…

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Favoritism claims infuriates Steve Smith

SYDNEY: Australia skipper Steve Smith on Friday rubbished claims he favours his “mates” as selection looms for the highly anticipated Ashes Test series with England. Smith is not part of Australia’s three-man selection panel, but he has been assailed by former players who believe he gets too much say in Australia’s lineups. The captain hit…

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Hafeez to undergo bowling action test in England

LAHORE: Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez on Monday left for England for his bowling action test, Samaa reported. The spinner’s bowling action was reported in the recent one-day series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The test will take place on 1st November 2017. Before leaving for England, Hafeez expressed his…

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Cricket: Stokes puts Ashes worries aside to wed

LONDON: England’s Ben Stokes — whose Ashes hopes hang in the balance after he was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm — was married on Saturday. The all-rounder tied the knot with fiance Clare Ratcliffe in the southwest of England, with guests including Test captain Joe Root, former skipper Alastair Cook and fast…

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Australia captain Smith leaves India tour

RANCHI, India: Australian captain Steve Smith on Saturday left his country’s tour of India because of a shoulder injury, the team announced. The 28-year-old batsman’s injury is a new blow to Australia as they lost the one-day series in India and are preparing for a key Ashes series against England in two months. They play…

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Cricket: Stokes will not be on Ashes flight: ECB

LONDON: Ben Stokes will not travel with the England squad to Australia on October 28 but no final decision has been taken on his involvement in the Ashes, cricket chiefs said Friday. Test vice-captain Stokes, 26, was arrested last month on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm and suspended, along with Alex Hales, from internationals…

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PAK vs SL : 2nd Test Preview

Pakistan will have plenty of questions to answer in their day-night test against the Sri Lankans. In a series many expected them to win comfortably, Pakistan continued their long-standing tradition of collapsing on the fifth day in the first test of the series and can now only manage another unsatisfying draw, at best.   Pakistan’s…

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Starc issues warning to England ahead of Ashes

SYDNEY: Fast bowler Mitchell Starc warned England to expect a repeat of the carnage caused by Mitchell Johnson four years ago when Australia unleash their pace attack in the upcoming Ashes Tests. A fully firing Australian attack looks formidable, with spearhead Starc returning this week from a foot injury to vie for a place with…

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Vaughan calls for culture change after Stokes incident

Former England captain Michael Vaughan has called for a change in the culture of the national team after Ben Stokes’ arrest on a night out. Stokes was arrested in Bristol on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm after getting into a fight in the early hours of last Monday. Video footage allegedly shows the England…

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Cricket: Mohammed to lead West Indies in England finale

Jason Mohammed will take over as captain of West Indies in the fifth and final one-day international against England in Southampton, it was announced Thursday. Cricket West Indies said middle-order batsman Mohammed would stand in for regular skipper Jason Holder, who is  missing the last match of the tour after returning home to Barbados for…

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Ben Stokes, Alex Hales suspended by England after Bristol incident

LONDON, Sept 28: Ben Stokes will no be considered for England international matches “until further notice”, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced Thursday. The ECB’s move came hours after video footage was released by the Sun newspaper which appeared to show Stokes fighting outside a Bristol nightclub. The Test vice-captain was included in…

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Cricket: England beat West Indies in rain-hit 4th ODI

England beat West Indues by six runs under the Duckworth-Lewis method to win the rain-affected fourth one-day international at The Oval on Wednesday. Moeen Ali again proved England’s hero with the bat as they beat West Indies by six runs in a rain-marred fourth one-day international at The Oval to go an unbeatable 3-0 up…

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Cricket: Stokes must ‘grow up’ says ex-England skipper

LONDON: Ben Stokes must “grow up” or risk damaging his international career, former England captain Nasser Hussain has warned after the star all-rounder was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm The Durham player was Wednesday included in England’s 16-man squad for the Ashes tour of Australia despite being dropped for the fourth one-day…

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Cricket: Stokes included in England’s Ashes squad despite broken hand

LONDON: Ben Stokes was included in England’s 16-man squad for the Ashes tour of Australia announced Wednesday despite breaking his hand in the incident that led to his recent arrest on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm. Durham all-rounder Stokes was dropped for Wednesday’s fourth one-day international against West Indies at The Oval — the…

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England drop Stokes after ‘assault’ arrest

Ben Stokes is still set to be included in England’s squad for the Ashes tour of Australia despite being arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm in Bristol and dropped for Wednesday’s fourth one-day international against West Indies. The 26-year-old Durham all-rounder was arrested early on Monday in the Clifton district of the city…

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