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Details of plan to fix Sri Lanka-England Test revealed by al-Jazeera

• Footage shows groundsman saying he can tailor pitch• Sri Lanka Cricket says it will cooperate with ICC investigationSri Lanka Cricket has pledged to cooperate fully with anti-corruption officers as the sport awaits the broadcast of an investigation b…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/may/26/plan-fix-sri-lanka-england-test-al-jazeera-galle

Virat Kohli’s Surrey move off after India captain suffers neck injury

• Kohli had been due to play for county in June• BCCI confirm batsman was injured during IPL matchVirat Kohli will not be playing for Surrey this season after the India captain saw his highly-anticipated spell at the club cancelled due to injury.India’…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/may/24/virat-kohli-surrey-move-off-india-injury

Andy Flower stands in as England director with Andrew Strauss on leave

• Strauss takes compassionate leave to support wife• Flower is handed charge for the summerAndrew Strauss is to take a summer-long break from his role as director of England cricket with Andy Flower stepping into the breach as a temporary replacement.T…

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Dom Bess relaxed and ready to make history for England against Pakistan

• Bess will be England’s youngest Test finger spinner if selected• I get very competitive … you are always looking for wickets‘‘Dom Bess is on the brink of becoming the youngest finger spinner to make his Test debut for England but there appear to be…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/may/22/dom-bess-england-pakistan-relaxed-ready-make-history

Mark Wood ready to pick up the pace and start living up to the hype

The Lord’s pitch will dictate who is chosen for England’s final bowling spot against Pakistan this week, but the Durham right-armer is willing to adaptMark Wood feels ready to crank up the pace at Lord’s this coming week should the instruction come fro…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/may/19/mark-wood-england-pakistan-test

Jonny Bairstow buoyed by new dual England role for Pakistan series

• ‘It means the people in charge have got the belief in you’• Bairstow embraces combining No 5 role with keeping wicketJonny Bairstow will go into the first Test against Pakistan at Lord’s next week emboldened by a show of faith from England’s new…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/may/18/jonny-bairstow-jos-buttler-england-pakistan

Joe Root ready for ‘more responsibility’ with return to England No 3 spot

• Captain moves up as part of revamped lineup against Pakistan• Tom Westley stars for Essex against Middlesex in one-day cupJoe Root feels ready to make a success of England’s troublesome No 3 position after a year spent adjusting to the demands o…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/may/17/england-joe-root-no3-jos-buttler-pakistan

Toss could be axed for Ashes series to reduce home advantage

• ICC looking to reduce home advantage in Test championship• ECB warned counties and MCC could form breakaway bodyNext summer’s Ashes series in England could be the first in 141 years of Test cricket to be played without the toss taking place as the In…

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What county cricket can expect from ‘big dog’ Virat Kohli’s arrival | Ali Martin

Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes give their first-hand experience of playing alongside India’s biggest starDue to GDPR, you may need to resubscribe to The SpinThe last time an incumbent captain of India joined an English county side was in 2000, when Sourav …

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England and Australia to start World Test Championship with 2019 Ashes

• Two-year tournament devised by ICC to decide best Test team • Competition is expected to conclude with a Lord’s final in 2021England and Australia have agreed to make next year’s Ashes the first series that will count towards the new nine-team World …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/may/01/england-and-australia-to-start-world-test-championship-with-2019-ashes

Eoin Morgan keeps World Cup hopes to himself despite England’s improvement

• England up to third in ODI rankings after six series wins in a row• Morgan wary after disappointment in 2016 World T20 finalEoin Morgan will not allow himself to visualise lifting the World Cup at Lord’s next summer but believes his England team will…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/apr/26/eoin-morgan-not-dreaming-england-world-cup

AB de Villiers: ‘I felt sorry for the Australians, especially Steve Smith’

South Africa’s master batsman says the worldwide response to Australia’s ball-tampering was ‘taken to a level where it really hurt them individually … the way Smith was punished was harsh’With its intense travel schedule, high-speed cricket and expec…

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Moeen Ali: ‘I probably should have been dropped from Test side earlier’

The England all-rounder’s appraisal of his Ashes and New Zealand tour reveals something of an identity crisis but he is relishing the IPLWhen Moeen Ali was taken aside by Joe Root in Christchurch last month and told he would sit out the final instalmen…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/apr/25/moeen-ali-england-test-side-ipl-interview

England suspected ball tampering by Australia at Perth, says Alastair Cook

• ‘The outfield was wet and they managed to get ball reversing’• Former captain poised to match Allan Border’s record of 153 TestsAlastair Cook has admitted to suspicions among the England team of ball-tampering by Australia during the Ashes series.Ste…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/apr/24/england-suspected-ball-tampering-australia-perth-alastair-cook

Ed Smith confirmed as England selector in job ‘too good to turn down’

• Andrew Strauss hopes set-up can become world-leader in cricket• Angus Fraser expected to leave part-time selector roleEd Smith, the former cricketer, broadcaster and journalist, has been confirmed as England’s new national selector and will now head …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/apr/20/ed-smith-confirmed-england-cricket-selector-job-too-good-to-turn-down

Essex’s Jamie Porter: ‘Vernon Philander is unreal … I can be more successful’

The effervescent Essex seamer Jamie Porter has just been named one of Wisden’s five cricketers of the year. Not that he was lacking in confidence before that…“We are only looking at one thing and that is how we win the Championship again,” says Jamie…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/apr/12/jamie-porter-essex-wisden-best-cricketers-of-the-year-vernon-philander