Ali Martin at Lord's

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Name: Ali Martin at Lord's
Date registered: April 13, 2015
URL: http://www.theguardian.com/sport/countychampionship1stdivisioncricket

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  1. Victorious Joe Root backs England to do ‘something special’ in Ashes — September 9, 2017
  2. Stuart Broad’s drops underscore need for England to improve in the field | Ali Martin — September 9, 2017
  3. England’s Ben Stokes: ‘To bowl like I did today was a monkey off my back’ — September 7, 2017
  4. Joe Root lauds England aggression and names unchanged side for second Test — July 9, 2017
  5. Kagiso Rabada ‘heartbroken’ at ban for second Test against England — July 8, 2017

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Sep 09

Victorious Joe Root backs England to do ‘something special’ in Ashes

• Captain optimistic after beating West Indies in third Test to secure series 2-1
• ‘We shouldn’t be afraid of going over there,’ says Root

Joe Root tipped his England team to achieve something special in this winter’s Ashes defence after they brushed aside West Indies with a three-day victory at Lord’s and made it two series wins from two under his fledgling captaincy.

Jimmy Anderson, fresh from claiming his 500th Test wicket on Friday, completed career-best figures of seven for 42 to bowl out Jason Holder’s tourists for 177. The target of 107 was knocked off with minimal fuss in 28 overs for a nine-wicket win.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/sep/09/joe-root-england-ashes

Sep 09

Stuart Broad’s drops underscore need for England to improve in the field | Ali Martin

Job done under minimal pressure for Joe Root’s side at Lord’s, but 16 dropped catches in three Tests against West Indies will perplex coaches

The target was small and the pressure light but it was nevertheless encouraging that a summer of Test cricket dominated by talk of three England batting spots should end with two newcomers, Mark Stoneman and Tom Westley, walking off unbeaten.

As the pair strolled up the pavilion stairs at Lord’s to join the dressing‑room celebrations they were replaced on the outfield by Henry Blofeld who, resplendent in a lime green jacket and pink linen shirt, said farewell to just a fraction of the listeners from his 45-year career on Test Match Special, one that has at times made buses and pigeons central to the action.

Related: Jimmy Anderson’s career-best seals series win for England over West Indies

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/sep/09/stuart-broad-england-dropped-catches-improvement-needed-fielding

Sep 07

England’s Ben Stokes: ‘To bowl like I did today was a monkey off my back’

• Stokes takes six wickets against West Indies after ‘letting the team down’
• All-rounder becomes sixth England player on both honours boards at Lord’s

Ben Stokes spoke of his pride at recording his career-best figures with the ball after believing he had been letting the England team down this summer. But, given a wicket-laden first day during which West Indies hit back late on with four strikes themselves, the third Test remains in the balance.

By claiming six for 22 from 14.3 overs in a masterful exhibition of swing bowling either side of tea, Stokes helped Joe Root’s side to dismiss the tourists for 123 in the series decider and became only the sixth England cricketer to get his name on both honours boards at Lord’s.

Related: Ben Stokes rips through West Indies before England collapse in reply

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/sep/07/england-ben-stokes-monkey-west-indies-six-wickets

Jul 09

Joe Root lauds England aggression and names unchanged side for second Test

• Captain urged off-spinner Moeen Ali to go on the attack
• ‘I wanted us to be proactive, to stay ahead of the game’

Joe Root believes his approach to captaincy is already beginning to permeate among his England team after their 211‑run win at Lord’s against South Africa started his reign in style – an example of the players delivering his pre-match orders to be proactive.

While Moeen Ali’s first 10-wicket Test match and his own 190 with the bat in the first innings were the standout performances in securing a 1-0 lead, Root credited the entire team for their efforts and immediately named an unchanged squad for the second Test at Trent Bridge starting on Friday.

Related: Joe Root’s England reign starts royally as Moeen Ali tears through South Africa

Related: England thrash South Africa by 211 runs: first Test, day four – as it happened

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jul/09/joe-root-england-south-africa-moeen-ali

Jul 08

Kagiso Rabada ‘heartbroken’ at ban for second Test against England

• South Africa fast bowler swore at Ben Stokes, triggering suspension
• ‘Rabada is an emotional character … he was aware of the consequences’

Kagiso Rabada has been left “heartbroken” by the suspension that means he misses Trent Bridge Test that begins on Friday but his South Africa team-mate Temba Bavuma insists the fast bowler is fully accepting of the decision and there is no lingering sense of injustice.

The 22-year-old’s punishment was triggered by an industrial send-off aimed at England’s Ben Stokes on the first day here,. He came into the series with three disciplinary points on his record that meant he was one minor transgression away from a one-match ban.

Related: South Africa in deep trouble as England spin towards victory in first Test

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jul/08/kasigo-rabada-south-africa-heartbroken-suspension-trent-bridge-test-england

Jul 07

South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada suspended for second Test against England

• Fast bowler disciplined for telling Ben Stokes to ‘fuck off’
• Rabada had already accumulated three demerit points

Kagiso Rabada has been suspended from next week’s second Test with England at Trent Bridge after being charged for the use of abusive language towards Ben Stokes on the opening day of the current Lord’s Test.

The South African fast bowler told Stokes to “fuck off” after removing the all-rounder caught behind for 56 in England’s first innings and was reported to the International Cricket Council match referee Jeff Crowe by the on-field umpires. With the words picked up by the stump microphones, the level one charge was accepted by the 22-year-old on Friday.

Related: Moeen Ali and Stuart Broad put South Africa’s Lord’s record under threat

Related: England v South Africa: first Test, day two – as it happened

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jul/07/kagiso-rabada-suspended-second-test-ben-stokes

Jul 06

Joe Root in ‘dream world’ after century on debut as England Test captain

• Joe Root on 184 not out overnight as England head for big total
• Root becomes sixth England player to score a century on debut as Test captain

Joe Root said his first day in the job as England captain was one that left him in “dreamworld” after delivering an unbeaten 184 that was masterful in its execution and powered his side to a position of dominance over South Africa.

Root, who became the sixth England captain to score a century during his first Test in charge, arrived at the crease 27 minutes into play with the score a worrying 17 for two. But after six hours of batting he found himself walking through the Lord’s pavilion to a resounding ovation, with the total swelled to 357 for five.

Related: Joe Root’s unbeaten 184 puts England on track after South Africa make inroads

Related: Joe Root opens his captaincy with majestic hint of greater things to come | Barney Ronay

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jul/06/joe-root-dreamworld-century-debut-england-test-captain

Jul 05

Gary Ballance is a completely different player now, says England’s Joe Root

• Captain confirms Ballance and Liam Dawson will face South Africa
• Root drops down to No4 to accommodate Yorkshire club-mate

Joe Root expects England’s Test team to put right the wrongs of last year and has tipped the recalled Gary Ballance – the first big decision of his own fledgling captaincy – to demonstrate he is a different player to the one dropped from the side last winter.

A slight cold aside, the 26-year-old Root’s first pre-match press conference before Thursday’s series opener with South Africa was typically upbeat, and was spent fielding questions about plans for the new era and the decision to bring back his Yorkshire team-mate Ballance at No3 in a move that sees the captain himself drop down a spot in the batting order.

Related: Temba Bavuma dreams of the day when colour is no issue for South Africa

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jul/05/joe-root-england-test-captain-south-africa

Jul 05

Temba Bavuma dreams of the day when colour is no issue for South Africa

Bavuma says he and the paceman Kagiso Rabada want to help inspire young black compatriots to escape the poverty trap

“I believe I have planted a seed in younger guys. If they see me – someone from the same roots – coming up and doing it at international level, they will have the belief that they can too.” These are the words of Temba Bavuma, the South Africa middle-order batsman who will face England on Thursday, as we sit on a bench in the sunshine at the back of the Victorian pavilion at Lord’s after practice on Tuesday afternoon and discuss our memories of his maiden Test century at Newlands in January 2016.

For England supporters the run-soaked draw under Table Mountain, in what would go on to be a 2-1 series win for Alastair Cook’s tourists, will chiefly be remembered for Ben Stokes igniting the afterburners on the second morning with a record-breaking 258 from No6 that was simply jaw-dropping in its unbridled violence against the bowlers.

Related: England Tests against South Africa can be more compelling than the Ashes

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jul/05/south-africa-temba-bavuma-england-test-first-test

May 07

Selection battle shows England can win Champions Trophy, says Jonny Bairstow

• Bairstow made unbeaten 72 from 44 balls in 85-run win over Ireland
• ‘We have an exciting blend but selection is above me,’ he says

Jonny Bairstow believes his personal battle to break into England’s one-day side is proof of their Champions Trophy-winning credentials this summer.

The Yorkshireman lit up a bustling Lord’s on Sunday with an unbeaten 72 from just 44 balls that propelled Eoin Morgan’s side to 328 for six batting first against Ireland, before three wickets apiece from Joe Root and Liam Plunkett sealed an 85-run win and with it a 2-0 victory in their season-opening mini-series.

Related: County cricket roundup: Steven Croft fires Lancashire to win at Warwickshire

Related: Jonny Bairstow turns on the style as England claim ODI series against Ireland

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/may/07/england-jonny-bairstow-ireland-champions-trophy-selection

May 07

Jonny Bairstow turns on the style as England claim ODI series against Ireland

• England 328-6; Ireland 243
• England won by 85 runs

Jonny Bairstow has done all he can to nudge England towards a rethink of their plans before this summer’s Champions Trophy with his brutal exhibition of hitting and the golden arm of Joe Root setting up an 85-run win over Ireland at Lord’s.

After the mis-match in Bristol on Friday Eoin Morgan’s side were looking for a stronger pre-tournament tune-up from the tourists, who in turn needed to salvage some pride and stave off grumblings about their impending leap to Test status. While the win and the two-match series went the way of the home team, both got what they came for in that respect.

Related: Selection battle shows England can win Champions Trophy, says Jonny Bairstow

Related: England v Ireland: second one-day international – as it happened

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/may/07/england-ireland-second-one-day-international-match-report