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Clare Connor and Nathan Leamon may vie to be ECB’s director of cricket

• Head of women’s game and lead analyst have impressed• Andrew Strauss to assist in search for his successorThe search for the new director of England cricket officially starts on Friday with Clare Connor, head of the women’s game, and Nathan Leamon, t…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/oct/18/clare-connor-nathan-leamon-frame-ecb-new-director-of-cricket

Joe Denly: ‘I went missing for a few years. I had to start enjoying it again’

The Kent batsman talks about playing his way back to form and into England’s plans for the first time in nearly a decadeJoe Denly experienced an eight‑year gap between the last of 14 white-ball caps and his recent call-up for England’s Test tour to Sri…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/sep/30/joe-denly-england-i-went-missing-for-two-or-three-years

England select Rory Burns and Joe Denly for Sri Lanka Test series

• Surrey opener and Kent batsman handed opportunities• Seamer Olly Stone and spinner Jack Leach also includedThe avalanche of county runs from Rory Burns and a “touch of class” in Joe Denly’s DNA have led to the uncapped pair being named as top order o…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/sep/21/england-rory-burns-joe-denly-sri-lanka-tour-test

England turn to Olly Stone to bolster pace ranks for Sri Lanka ODI tour

• Uncapped Warwickshire fast bowler comes in for Liam Plunkett• Sam and Tom Curran included as Mark Wood returnsThe pace of Olly Stone is set to be unleashed on Sri Lanka’s batsmen after England handed Warwickshire’s fast but fragile right-armer a call…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/sep/19/england-olly-stone-sri-lanka-odi-tour

Ben Stokes and Alex Hales charged with bringing cricket into disrepute

• England pair to face two-day London hearing in early December• Both men charged with two counts for September 2017 brawlBen Stokes and Alex Hales have both been charged with two counts of bringing the game into disrepute and face a two-day cricket di…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/sep/18/ben-stokes-alex-hales-disrepute-charge-england-cricket

Moeen Ali did not want England to pursue ‘Osama’ claims, says Bayliss

• ‘He didn’t want it to go any further,’ says coach of 2015 incident• Cricket Australia investigating claim against unnamed playerMoeen Ali talked his England teammates out of pursuing an official complaint against the Australian cricketer who allegedl…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/sep/16/moeen-ali-england-ashes-australia

England to reward Jos Buttler and Sam Curran with central contracts

• Duo played key roles in England’s series win against India• Test deal for Adil Rashid more uncertain after sparing useJos Buttler and Sam Curran are in line to receive Test central contacts from England at the end of the month after proving instrumen…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/sep/13/england-jos-buttler-sam-curran-central-contracts-adil-rashid-cricket

Keaton Jennings should be nervous about Sri Lanka place, says Bayliss

• Coach: ‘I can’t say at this stage whether he will go or not’• England will consider resting a senior seamer for Sri Lanka tourTrevor Bayliss has declined to offer Keaton Jennings any assurances over his place on England’s winter tour to Sri Lanka fol…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/sep/12/keaton-jennings-should-be-nervous-about-sri-lanka-place-says-bayliss

Jimmy Anderson has Sri Lankan tour with England on mind – not retirement

• Fast bowler admits career end may be as swift as McGrath’s• Record wicket taker has no interest in winding down nowJimmy Anderson has admitted that thoughts of retirement could hit him out of the blue, as he believes happened to Glenn McGrath when th…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/sep/12/jimmy-anderson-sri-lankan-tour-england-cricket-team-on-mind-retirement

Joe Root tells Alastair Cook to end England career with final century

• Captain says fitting end against India ‘might be written in stars’• Cook says he never intended Pietersen exile to be permanentJoe Root believes one last century from Alastair Cook at the Oval this week could be “written in the stars” as England look…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/sep/06/joe-root-alastair-cook-england-career-century-india

Alastair Cook ready for England ‘mourning period’ but rules out return

• Retiring opener insists he will not be tempted back to Tests• Cook: ‘It’s final – I’ve done my bit for England’Alastair Cook expects to enter a period of mourning once his Test career comes to an end at the Oval but the opener has already ruled out b…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/sep/05/alastair-cook-england-mourning-period

Sam Curran draws IPL interest after England heroics against India

• Royal Challengers Bangalore among teams linked to Curran• All-rounder’s decision may depend on World Cup prospectsSam Curran’s stunning emergence for England this summer has attracted a raft of interest among the Indian Premier League’s cash-rich tea…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/sep/05/sam-curran-ipl-england-india

Alastair Cook retires from England duty, saying ‘there is nothing left in the tank’

• England’s record run-scorer to stand down at 33 after 161 Tests• Cook will play fifth Test against India and continue for EssexAlastair Cook has called time on his record-breaking England career and will bow out at the end of the fifth Test with Indi…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/sep/03/alastair-cook-retires-england-international-cricket

The Martin Plan: how Test cricket can rediscover its mainstream mojo

We need to make the Lord’s Test a midsummer festival of cricket for everyone, seen by the greatest number possible. And that means getting it on terrestrial TVOn the Friday before England’s defeat at Trent Bridge the BBC staged a smiley and slapstick T…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/aug/28/lords-test-cricket-bbc-the-spin

Joe Root to polish T20 skills in Big Bash stint for Sydney Thunder

• Root to squeeze in T20 between England’s winter tours• Test captain feared being left behind in T20 formatJoe Root has secured the Twenty20 experience he has long been craving. He and Jos Buttler are to play for Sydney Thunder in Australia’s Big Bash…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/aug/23/joe-root-t20-big-bash-sydney-thunder

Virat Kohli says India must show fight to save the series at Trent Bridge

• India captain says batting must improve with side 2-0 down• Jasprit Bumrah and Rishabh Pant may come into starting XIThe joke going around Lord’s last week was that Virat Kohli’s struggles with a bad back were the result of having to carry the Indian…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/aug/17/virat-kohli-india-fight-series-trent-bridge-england