Ali Martin

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Name: Ali Martin
Date registered: February 17, 2015
URL: http://www.theguardian.com/sport/cycling

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  1. Ireland to seek talks over Lord’s Test after being granted full-member status — June 22, 2017
  2. England’s Stuart Broad doubtful for South Africa Test with heel injury — June 22, 2017
  3. England to hand leg-spinner Mason Crane debut in T20 against South Africa — June 20, 2017
  4. England’s Dawid Malan pressing for regular place in South Africa T20 games — June 19, 2017
  5. Joe Root says England must stick with swashbuckling style despite defeat — June 15, 2017

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Jun 22

Ireland to seek talks over Lord’s Test after being granted full-member status

• Ireland and Afghanistan are granted full-member status of ICC
• Cricket Ireland chief cites ‘25,000 bums on seats at Lord’s in May’

Ireland will hold talks with the England and Wales Cricket Board over a possible Lord’s Test in 2019 after they and Afghanistan were granted full-member status of the International Cricket Council on Thursday.

The two countries, whose applications were voted for unanimously by the ICC’s Full Council as part of an overhaul of its constitution, become the first new Test nations since Bangladesh were awarded top-level status in 2000 and take the number of full members from 10 to 12.

Related: England’s Stuart Broad doubtful for South Africa Test with heel injury

Related: Amnesty International: fans arrested in India for cheering Pakistan win ‘must be freed’

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/22/ireland-ecb-talks-lords-test-2019-icc

Jun 22

England’s Stuart Broad doubtful for South Africa Test with heel injury

• Pace bowler withdrew from Nottinghamshire’s win against Leicestershire
• England face South Africa at Taunton for the second Twenty20 on Friday

Stuart Broad is waiting to learn the full extent of a mystery heel injury that has thrown into doubt the fast bowler’s participation in the first Test against South Africa next month.

Related: Jonny Bairstow and Alex Hales send England cruising past South Africa

Related: County cricket: Essex thrash Warwickshire, Durham finally win – as it happened

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/22/england-stuart-broad-doubtful-first-test-south-africa-heel-injury

Jun 20

England to hand leg-spinner Mason Crane debut in T20 against South Africa

• Eoin Morgan backs 20-year-old against batsmen of AB de Villiers’s class
• ‘He is still very young … the earlier he gets into his apprenticeship the better’

Mason Crane will be tossed the ball for the first time in international cricket on Wednesday, with the England captain, Eoin Morgan, believing the challenge of facing AB de Villiers to be an ideal test of the leg-spinner’s temperament.

Related: If the ball is anything to go by we could be tickled pink by cricket day-nighters | The Spin

Related: Champions Trophy 2017 review: our writers’ awards and hopes

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/20/england-leg-spinner-mason-crane-debut-t20-south-africa-cricket

Jun 19

England’s Dawid Malan pressing for regular place in South Africa T20 games

• Middlesex left-hander among five new faces
• Malan: ‘It is all about putting pressure on’

Somewhat after the Lord Mayor’s show that was Pakistan’s bewildering victory against India in the Champions Trophy final comes a Twenty20 series between England and South Africa starting at Hampshire’s Ageas Bowl on Wednesday. It is a chance for Eoin Morgan’s beaten semi-finalists to get back in the international saddle.

This is not all of them, of course. With the Test series against the Proteas next month taking precedence over this short, sharp and slightly contextless three-match encounter, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Jake Ball and Adil Rashid have been given a full breather. Mark Wood and Jonny Bairstow will also duck out after one and two games respectively, joining the rest in tuning up for Test duty in the pink-ball county round that starts next week.

Related: Pakistan thrash sorry England to reach Champions Trophy final

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/19/england-dawid-malan-five-uncapped-players-south-africa-odis

Jun 15

Joe Root says England must stick with swashbuckling style despite defeat

• Root tells England to focus on 2019 World Cup after blowing ‘golden chance’
• Trevor Bayliss says England will look to widen pool of ODI players

A crestfallen Joe Root admitted England blew a “golden chance” to convert two years of one-day progress into a trophy with their Champions Trophy semi-final defeat to Pakistan but insisted the disappointment must not see them alter from their current course.

Eoin Morgan, the captain, has long stated that the eight-team tournament was a staging post for the 2019 World Cup on home soil but the manner of their eight-wicket humbling in Cardiff, where they were bowled out for 211 on a used surface, has prompted questions over their ability to adapt to conditions beyond flat batting tracks and the pressure of knockout cricket.

Related: England’s familiar exit leaves ECB’s dream scenario out of reach

Related: Eoin Morgan admits to England regrets after dismal Champions Trophy exit

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/15/joe-root-england-pakistan-2019-world-cup

Jun 13

England turn to Bairstow for Champions Trophy semi-final against Pakistan

• Yorkshireman to replace Jason Roy as opener in only change
• Jonny’s best attribute has been his relentless attitude, says Eoin Morgan

Eoin Morgan has tipped the “relentless attitude” of Jonny Bairstow to come to the fore on Wednesday as England make one change to their batting lineup for the Champions Trophy semi-final with Pakistan in Cardiff.

The England captain stopped short of naming his XI before a toss he admitted he hopes to lose – a reused pitch at Sophia Gardens is behind that – but could do little to play down the fact Jason Roy has been dropped after the misfiring opener played a minimal part in a training session and Bairstow was the first batsman in the nets.

Related: England may find low-scoring Cardiff a hindrance in Champions Trophy semi | Vic Marks

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/13/england-jonny-bairstow-pakistan-champions-trophy-eoin-morgan-cricket

Jun 11

Ben Stokes: England’s swashbuckling hero strives to reach next level

• Stokes credits quality and atmospheres in IPL with helping develop his game
• All-rounder hit career-best 102 against Australia in Champions Trophy

Ben Stokes could stride into the Champions Trophy semi-final on Wednesday believing himself to be invincible at present but the England all-rounder has said he is not the type to get carried away with his performances; unsatisfied, he will continue striving to reach new levels.

Having bounced Australia out of the tournament exit door at Edgbaston with his career-best unbeaten 102, as Eoin Morgan’s side made it three wins from three in the group stage, Stokes underlined his status as the player all other teams covet and added more clout to the argument that we are witnessing a once‑in-a-generation cricketer.

Related: Eoin Morgan energises Edgbaston with return to peak power against Australia | Ali Martin

Related: England’s carefree Eoin Morgan and Ben Stokes ensure Australia exit

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/11/ben-stokes-england-swashbuckling-hero-striving-reach-next-level-champions-trophy

Jun 09

Steve Smith calls England ‘predictable’ ahead of Champions Trophy showdown

• Smith wary of ‘dangerous batters’ Australia will face at Edgbaston
• Eoin Morgan: ‘If you never play an Ashes test this is the closest you will get’

Eoin Morgan has described facing Australia in a one-day tournament as being as close as he will come to experiencing the heat of an Ashes series. But as his players prepared for a free shot at sending their rivals home from the Champions Trophy, the England captain received a flavour of its intensity when his counterpart Steve Smith described his tactics as “predictable”.

Morgan, an unused squad player on England’s victorious 2010-11 Ashes tour, became a limited-overs specialist after a 16-cap Test career that only briefly flickered and since taking over the limited overs captaincy at the start of the 2015 World Cup has led a revival that now sees them already booked into Wednesday’s first semi-final.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/09/steve-smith-australia-champions-trophy-eoin-morgan

Jun 08

Eoin Morgan is ‘single biggest factor’ in England’s ODI revival, says Farbrace

• Assistant coach says Morgan has unlocked team’s white-ball potential
• England set to keep faith with misfiring Jason Roy against Australia

Eoin Morgan has been singled out as the most important figure behind England’s one-day revival by the team’s assistant coach, Paul Farbrace, who believes their current barnstorming approach to the format comes down to the captain’s near relentless backing of his players.

After wins over Bangladesh and New Zealand, England go into Saturday’s group game against Australia at Edgbaston with a Champions Trophy semi-final already sewn up and their one headache being whether to stick with Jason Roy or parachute in Jonny Bairstow as opener.

Related: India set Sri Lanka 322 to win at the ICC Champions Trophy – live!

Related: David Warner says punching Joe Root was turning point off and on pitch

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/08/eoin-morgan-players-england-farbrace-australia

Jun 08

David Warner says punching Joe Root was turning point off and on pitch

The Australia vice-captain can still be an aggressive player but is now teetotal and views his 2013 altercation with England’s Joe Root as pivotal to changing him as a person and a player

The Reverend David Warner, as he is now known by his Australia team-mates, has pointed to his late-night swing at Joe Root in Birmingham’s Walkabout bar four years ago as the turning point in his career, one that has led to him becoming the most feared of openers on the field while transforming him into a mild family man off it.

Related: David Warner accuses Cricket Australia of hurting team’s bid to beat England

There are things you have to think about as a youngster. ‘What can or can’t I do?’

Related: David Warner lifts lid on Walkabout bar run-in with Joe Root

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/08/david-warner-reformed-australia-england-champions-trophy

Jun 08

David Warner accuses Cricket Australia of hurting team’s bid to beat England

• Vice-captain upset by release of video relating to contract dispute
• ‘If they want us to win they wouldn’t do that,’ Warner says before crucial game

David Warner, the Australia vice-captain, has questioned whether his board truly want them to beat England at Edgbaston on Saturday given the release of a video during the week that has proved a major setback in the continuing contract dispute.

Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers’ Association are at loggerheads over the proposed end to the revenue-sharing model that has been in place for 20 years, and with a 30 June deadline approaching before their contracts expire – after which players would be free agents – time is running out for a new memorandum of understanding (MoU) to be agreed.

Related: Jos Buttler keen for England to put Australia out of Champions Trophy

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/08/david-warner-accuses-cricket-australia-of-hurting-team-bid-to-beat-england-champions-trophy

Jun 07

Jos Buttler keen for England to put Australia out of Champions Trophy

• Hosts will have chance to send world champions home at group stage
• ‘It is always nice to know that would be the outcome if we did win’

Jos Buttler has said England intend to meet Australia’s phalanx of fast bowlers with aggression on Saturday and admitted the prospect of knocking them out of the Champions Trophy provides an extra layer of motivation.

With the top spot in Group A sewn up and a semi-final in Cardiff next Wednesday now booked following the 87-run win against New Zealand, Eoin Morgan’s side have earned a pressure-free shot at sending Australia home early when the two sides meet at a sold-out Edgbaston. Steve Smith’s world champions, whose opening two matches have been ruined by rain, feature a pace attack that could include Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins and which has thus far been unable to accommodate the talents of James Pattinson.

Related: England captain Eoin Morgan making right calls on and off the field | Vic Marks

Related: Mark Wood ends England’s long search for game-changing bowler | Ali Martin

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/07/england-australia-jos-buttler-champions-trophy-cricket-adil-rashid

Jun 03

Steven Finn to replace Chris Woakes in England’s Champions Trophy squad

• Finn could go straight into starting lineup to face New Zealand on Tuesday
• Adil Rashid and David Willey also vying for starting role in England’s attack

Steven Finn will be drafted into England’s squad for the remainder of their Champions Trophy campaign on Sunday, replacing the injured Chris Woakes in what is a show of rigid consistency by the selectors and the captain, Eoin Morgan.

Finn’s international career has been mercurial over the last four years but, having opened the bowling on England’s one-day tour of the Caribbean this winter and played in their third one-dayer against South Africa last Monday, he retained his place as next in line following the side-strain suffered by Woakes during their opening win against Bangladesh on Thursday.

Related: Joe Root’s 133 helps England crush Bangladesh in Champions Trophy

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/03/steven-finn-chris-woakes-england-champions-trophy

Jun 03

Virat Kohli quells rift with Anil Kumble as India prepare for Pakistan

• ‘There are no problems whatsoever’ with head coach Kumble, says Kohli
• Captain insists India’s focus is on Champions Trophy match against Pakistan

Virat Kohli moved to quell the growing talk of a rift between his India players and the head coach, Anil Kumble, on the eve of their hugely anticipated Champions Trophy opener with Pakistan at Edgbaston, insisting there are “no problems whatsoever”.

Kumble, the former wrist-spinner and national team captain, has been told he must re-apply for the position after his current one-year term expires at the end of the tournament and, despite 19 wins and four defeats across all formats during his time, change may be afoot.

Related: Mohammad Amir’s reawakening can jolt India and lift Pakistan from torpor | Barney Ronay

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/03/virat-kohli-anil-kumble-india-pakistan

Jun 02

England’s Chris Woakes compares injury to being stabbed by a knife

• Woakes out of Champions Trophy with side strain suffered against Bangladesh
• All-rounder likely to be replaced by Steven Finn in 50-over-squad

Chris Woakes felt like he had been stabbed by a knife when suffering the injury that ended his Champions Trophy campaign just one match into the tournament.

The all-rounder broke down after bowling two overs in England’s eight-wicket victory over Bangladesh on Thursday, with scans after the match confirming a left side strain that leaves him now struggling to be fit for the first Test against South Africa next month. A replacement – expected to be Steven Finn – will be added to the 50-over squad on Saturday.

Absolutely devastated to pick up the injury, a tough one to take! I appreciate all the support and messages. Backing the lads all the way!

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/02/england-chris-woakes-ruled-out-of-champions-trophy-due-to-injury

May 31

England and Eoin Morgan upbeat over Ben Stokes’ bowling prospects

• All-rounder’s fitness to bowl will be decided on morning of Bangladesh clash
• Captain Morgan says Jason Roy will open throughout Champions Trophy

Eoin Morgan offered a characteristic dose of clarity on the eve of the Champions Trophy, expressing his full confidence that Ben Stokes, England’s talismanic all-rounder, will be fit to bowl against Bangladesh on Thursday and assuring the out‑of‑sorts Jason Roy of his spot for the entire tournament.

Speaking before the tournament’s much-anticipated opener at The Oval, Morgan tipped his players to “embrace” the challenge of converting two years of limited-overs transformation into a trophy this summer. He described the condensed eight-nation competition as the first of two opportunities to do so, with the second being the 2019 World Cup, also to be played on home soil.

Related: Ben Stokes the totem in Champions Trophy reboot of English cricket | Barney Ronay

Related: The rise and rise of Bangladesh cricket – what took them so long? | Tim Wigmore

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/may/31/ben-stokes-fitness-test-bangladesh-champions-trophy

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