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Firestarter Stokes has long walked a line between brilliant and bolshy | Ali Martin

Ben Stokes, acquitted of affray, will look to take his England career back to the heights of centuries and devastating bowling“The Hit Man. Don’t mess with Ben Stokes – he’s fast and furious”. So trumpeted the front page of the Times magazine on Saturd…

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Ben Stokes rejoins England squad after being cleared of affray

• All-rounder could play in Saturday’s third Test against India• Cricket Discipline Commission to consider further sanctionsBen Stokes will join up with his England team-mates at Trent Bridge this week and is free to play in Saturday’s third Test again…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/aug/14/ben-stokes-rejoins-england-squad-cleared-affray-third-test

Trevor Bayliss calls on England players to step up in Ben Stokes’s absence

• Stokes to miss second Test to attend trial• Chris Woakes returns from injury for EnglandTrevor Bayliss, the England head coach, has called on his players to “pick up the slack” at Lord’s this week as Ben Stokes, one of their match-winners from the th…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/aug/05/trevor-bayliss-england-ben-stokes-india-second-test

Jos Buttler’s star continues to rise with promotion to Test vice-captaincy

• England opt to replace Jimmy Anderson for India series• Joe Root hoping to tap into ODI success in longer formatAt the start of the summer Jos Buttler was plying his trade in the Indian Premier League and one of England’s most gifted batsmen appeared…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jul/31/jos-buttler-england-test-vice-captain

Adil Rashid will cope with England call-up row, insists Alastair Cook

• Former captain backs ‘improved’ spinner against India• ‘I think we’ve got to look at the positives of it,’ he addsAlastair Cook knows a thing or two about mental fortitude and has tipped Adil Rashid to block out the furore surrounding his controversi…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jul/30/adil-rashid-row-alastair-cook-england-india-first-test-edgbaston

Jonny Bairstow: Yorkshire will be chuffed at Adil Rashid’s Test call-up

• Leg spinner voices doubt over Headingley future after furore• ‘If they don’t see value in me, I have to think about the future’Jonny Bairstow believes the Yorkshire hierarchy will be secretly “chuffed” at Adil Rashid’s Test call-up despite the leg sp…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jul/27/yorkshire-chuffed-adil-rashid-test-call-up-jonny-bairstow

Moeen Ali set for recall to England Test squad for India opener

• England to name two spinners with Jack Leach also in line• Sam Curran and Jamie Overton vying for final bowling placeMoeen Ali looks set to return to England’s Test plans for next week’s series opener with India as one of two spinners in the squad al…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jul/25/moeen-ali-recall-england-test-squad-india

England are desperate to decipher India’s Kuldeep Yadav in second ODI

• Wrist-spinner can help lift his country to No 1 with a win• ‘If the ball is turning they are not able to comprehend it’With his mop of curly dark hair and pointed features, India’s Kuldeep Yadav bares a passing resemblance to Harry Houdini. But rathe…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jul/13/england-india-kuldeep-yadav-second-odi-lords

Yorkshire chairman resigns as Geoffrey Boycott recovers from heart surgery

• Steve Denison steps down in the wake of BHS collapse• Boycott undergoes quadruple bypass open heart surgeryYorkshire are to appoint a new club chairman following the resignation of Steve Denison, the former PwC accountant who was last month heavily s…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jul/10/yorkshire-cricket-steve-denison-resigns-bhs-geoffrey-boycott-open-heart-surgery

Chris Woakes to miss remainder of England’s white-ball season with injury

• Woakes targets return for Test series beginning in August• Ben Stokes keen to come back for third T20 against IndiaChris Woakes has been ruled out of England’s entire white-ball summer with his return from injury now being tailored to the Test series…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jul/06/chris-woakes-england-white-ball-season-injury

England turn to Merlyn to counter India’s spin magician Kuldeep Yadav

• Bowling machine will replicate Yadav’s left-arm wrist spin• Buttler: England may need couple of games to ‘read’ spinnerEngland are expected to fire up the Merlyn spin-bowling machine in the nets at Cardiff on Friday as they search for a method to cou…

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Ben Stokes’ return puts England’s powerhouse batsmen under pressure

• All-rounder back for Durham next week after month out• Batsmen will play for their places in first two T20s against India Related: Steve Smith is set to return – maybe this break has done him some good | Andy Bull Ben Stokes will return from injury n…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jun/28/ben-stokes-return-england-batsmen-india

Trevor Bayliss tips Paul Farbrace to be successor as England head coach

• ‘If that’s what he wants to do, then I’m all for it,’ says Bayliss• Farbrace to take charge in two Twenty20 internationalsTrevor Bayliss has tipped his assistant, Paul Farbrace, to succeed him as the England head coach when he stands down at the end …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jun/25/trevor-bayliss-jos-buttler-england

England’s paintbrushes are poised for first ever Australia whitewash

Eoin Morgan’s side require just 263 runs to break their own world record for a five-match series and need to avoid familiar slips to clinch 5-0 win against AustraliaNever before have England inflicted a 5-0 whitewash on Australia in any format. But wit…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jun/23/england-australia-fifth-odi-preview

England’s Alex Hales expects 500-run barrier in ODIs to be broken soon

• ‘The standard has gone through the roof’ in ODIs• Sam Curran and Craig Overton join England squadAfter vaporising Australia at Trent Bridge, and demonstrating why sweets and sandpaper are seemingly this year’s must-have items for certain fielding tea…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jun/20/alex-hales-england-australia-odi-cricket

Dawid Malan dropped from England squad for Twenty20 series

• Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali return to squad• Malan said to have been left both shocked and frustratedDawid Malan boasts four half-centuries from his first five Twenty20s for England and yet the return of Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow and Moeen …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jun/19/dawid-malan-dropped-england-squad-twenty20-series