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. Toby Roland-Jones out of England’s Ashes squad after back injury diagnosis — September 22, 2017
  2. Andrew Strauss says Ian Botham ‘100% wrong’ over England selection panel — September 20, 2017
  3. Alex Hales can use home comforts of Trent Bridge to make late Ashes case — September 20, 2017
  4. Unfazed England are fired up to retain Ashes, says Stuart Broad — September 12, 2017
  5. England target temporary fast bowling specialist for Ashes defence — September 10, 2017

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Sep 22

Toby Roland-Jones out of England’s Ashes squad after back injury diagnosis

• Middlesex fast bowler pulled up during match against Lancashire
• Eoin Morgan backs Alex Hales and Jos Buttler for Ashes squad

Toby Roland-Jones will be missing from England’s Ashes squad when it is named on Wednesday morning after the Middlesex seamer was diagnosed with a stress fracture to his lower back with only a week of the season remaining.

It is a cruel blow for the 29-year-old, whose breakthrough international summer of 17 wickets from four Tests, including eight on debut against South Africa at The Oval, demonstrated his accuracy and bounce that made him certain to be heading to Australia at the end of October.

Related: Haseeb Hameed’s Ashes hopes dashed after injury to right hand

Related: County cricket: Yorkshire beat Warwickshire, Surrey v Somerset – live!

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/sep/22/toby-roland-jones-ashes-england-back-injury

Sep 20

Andrew Strauss says Ian Botham ‘100% wrong’ over England selection panel

• Director of cricket defends ‘outstanding’ Mick Newell and Angus Fraser
• Durham chairman said selectors from counties create conflict of interest

Andrew Strauss has defended the make-up of his England selection panel and said Sir Ian Botham is “100% wrong” if he thinks the two county directors on the panel use their positions to help sign players.

Botham, the Durham chairman, questioned whether there was a conflict of interest after the all-rounder Paul Coughlin joined Nottinghamshire through a £20,000 buyout clause in his contract – a move that means he will play under Mick Newell, who both heads cricket operations at Trent Bridge and sits on the England panel.

Related: Ian Botham calls for transfer system after Durham lose Paul Coughlin

Related: Jonny Bairstow century guides England to routine ODI win over West Indies

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/sep/20/andrew-strauss-ian-botham-england-selection-panel

Sep 20

Alex Hales can use home comforts of Trent Bridge to make late Ashes case

• England opener will look for a big score on the second ODI’s flat pitch
• Rain-reduced match could help West Indies and their explosive openers

If this elongated summer of international cricket has taught us anything, it is that a scarcely contested England win against the touring West Indians does not necessarily guarantee success in the match that follows.

Related: Alex Hales and England rewrite record books in thumping win over Pakistan

Related: Jonny Bairstow century guides England to routine ODI win over West Indies

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/sep/20/england-west-indies-second-odi-alex-hales-jonny-bairstow

Sep 12

Unfazed England are fired up to retain Ashes, says Stuart Broad

• Seamer says Test players have experience to handle difficult situations
• Broad relishes prospect of hostile environment in Australia

Stuart Broad believes the current England team are primed to defend the Ashes this winter after declaring “this is our time” due to the growing experience of the emerging generation coupled with that of himself, Alastair Cook and Jimmy Anderson.

“It’s hard not to be” was Broad’s response when asked about the confidence of Joe Root’s side, who after dispatching South Africa and West Indies during the summer can now talk openly about the much-anticipated series in Australia that starts at the Gabba on 23 November.

Related: Deep-thinking Stuart Broad in no mood to ease up despite mismatch of a series | Ali Martin

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/sep/12/england-ashes-stuart-broad-australia

Sep 10

England target temporary fast bowling specialist for Ashes defence

• Ottis Gibson’s departure to South Africa leaves gap in England set-up
• Kevin Shine will step in during limited-overs series against West Indies

England will look to hire a short-term fast bowling consultant with specialist knowledge of Australian pitches for this winter’s defence of the Ashes.

Ottis Gibson’s departure to become head coach of South Africa has left a vacancy in the set-up seven weeks out from the team’s departure and, with the deadline for applications not until 30 September, a temporary appointment avoids a rush decision on the full-time position.

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

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

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/sep/10/england-fast-bowling-coach-ashes-defence

Sep 10

England eyeing Ashes win over ‘far from stable’ Australia, says Trevor Bayliss

• We are not going there to make up the numbers, coach adds
• ‘The fielding always concerns me. The catching has been terrible’

Trevor Bayliss has talked up England’s chances of claiming an Ashes victory against a flawed Australia side this winter provided they can arrest the epidemic of dropped catches witnessed against West Indies and one he described as “terrible”.

“We are not going over there to make up the numbers. We are going to leave here with a view to win. It is as simple as that,” said the England head coach, who was in bullish mood after witnessing two series wins from two in Joe Root’s first summer as captain.

Related: Trevor Bayliss: I’m not a dictator, says England cricket coach

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/sep/10/england-coach-trevor-bayliss-ashes-tour-australia

Sep 08

Jimmy Anderson at 500: the England bowler’s five best Test wickets | Ali Martin

Dismissals of Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke, Brendon McCullum and Denesh Ramdin are top of the pile for England’s milestone man

Anderson’s “second coming” in international cricket began during the 2-1 victory in New Zealand when he removed their first five batsmen on his recall to the side in Wellington. It was cemented in the summer’s follow-up victory at home to the Kiwis with a career-best seven for 43 in the third Test. Among the carnage was the detonation of McCullum’s off-stump – a ball that angled in and then nipped away as the right-hander went to clip it through leg.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/sep/08/england-test-cricket-jimmy-anderson-500-wickets-five-best

Sep 06

England’s Joe Root focuses on series win and stays cool on Lord’s pitch fungus

• Captain aims for second series win of summer in decider against West Indies
• Toby Roland-Jones has chance to nail down place in XI for first Ashes Test

A series decider against West Indies it may be, along with a chance for England’s less than secure batsmen to seal an Ashes berth but, on the eve of the Lord’s Test starting on Thursday, the England captain, Joe Root, found himself fielding questions about fungus.

The home of cricket is hosting Test cricket in September for the first time and in keeping with lawns all over the country, autumnal weather has brought the appearance of “fairy rings” on the turf including one patch on the pitch, a metre in diameter and just short of a length.

Related: England’s third Test decider against West Indies carries unexpected intrigue | Vic Marks

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/sep/06/joe-root-england-west-indies-third-test

Sep 05

Jimmy Anderson puts focus on England series win rather than 500th wicket

Victory in the final Test against West Indies is priority for strike bowler, who says he is ‘not fussed’ about whether he reaches a personal landmark at Lord’s

When Glenn McGrath brought up his 500th Test wicket at Lord’s in 2005 by teasing an edge to third slip off Marcus Trescothick, the great Australian fast bowler had a pair of gold-stitched bowling boots run on to the field by the 12th man to mark the occasion.

Jimmy Anderson, sitting three away from becoming just the third seamer to the milestone after McGrath and Courtney Walsh, has no such plans for the third Investec Test against West Indies, instead preferring to focus on the series decider.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/sep/05/jimmy-anderson-500-wickets-england-west-indies-third-test

Sep 05

West Indies coach revels in pundits eating ‘humble pie’ after second Test

• Stuart Law angry at comments by Nasser Hussain during second Test
• Shai Hope ‘is pretty good now … he’s got potential to go great’

Shai Hope has been tipped to become a “potential great” of the game by the West Indies head coach, Stuart Law, with the young batsman having shown staggering self belief before and during their famous Headingley run chase.

That the series with England is level at 1-1 going into the third Test at Lord’s on Thursday comes down chiefly to Hope’s stellar twin hundreds last week, the second of which, an unbeaten 118, helped chase down 322 for a famous five-wicket in.

Related: West Indies’ Shai Hope makes history in thrilling Test win over England

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/sep/05/west-indies-shai-hope-humble-pie-pundits-stuart-law

Sep 04

Dawid Malan returns to Lord’s with a chance to book Ashes seat | Ali Martin

The Middlesex batsman is primed to cash in with the bat when he plays in the deciding third Test against West Indies

Dawid Malan never expected to play Test cricket but, despite an inauspicious start in which he was felled by a searing yorker on debut, and the additional scrutiny of playing at the highest level, the Middlesex left-hander is starting to feel more at home in the whites of England.

The third Investec Test against West Indies starting on Thursday should be incentive enough for England’s cricketers, with the series locked at one apiece, but for the greenhorns among them – the opener Mark Stoneman, Tom Westley at No3 and Malan at No5 – a chance to tour Australia this winter is tantalisingly within touching distance, too.

Related: Alastair Cook masterclass was inspiring, says Ashes hopeful Dawid Malan

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/sep/04/dawid-malan-lords-england-ashes-seat-west-indies

Sep 03

Marlon Samuels: ‘Ben Stokes should stay on boundary when I’m batting’

West Indies batsman returns to the squad for the white ball leg of their tour, hoping to face his old England adversary

As England’s selectors convene to pick their squad for the limited‑overs matches against West Indies on Monday, chilling on a beach in Miami will be an opponent itching for them to include their highest-profile players and, in particular, his old foe Ben Stokes.

Should Stokes get the nod for the Twenty20 on 16 September and the five 50-over affairs that follow the Test series decider at Lord’s this week, and not be wrapped in cotton wool before the Ashes, it would reunite him with Marlon Samuels, a player never short of a word – or a salute – when they have met on a cricket field previously.

Related: England’s Ashes audition puts spotlight on Westley in West Indies decider

Related: Shai Hope comes of age with historic double act in West Indies win | Andy Bull

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/sep/03/marlon-samuels-ben-stokes-boundary-batting

Sep 03

England’s Ashes audition puts spotlight on Westley in West Indies decider

Joe Root will be keen to end an encouraging first summer as captain with a second series win but many of his players will have tour places on their minds

And so it is back to the genteel pleasures of Lord’s on Thursday for the seventh and final helping of Test cricket this summer and a match that, contrary to expectations, is a tantalising series decider for England, not simply an exercise in pre-Ashes experimentation.

The famous old ground, hosting its first ever September Test, has bookended Joe Root’s encouraging maiden season as captain and, though South Africa were neatly overcome via a 3-1 scoreline, West Indies have now given themselves a puncher’s chance at producing the mother of all upsets after their glorious Headingley heist.

Related: England squad unchanged for series decider against West Indies at Lord’s

Related: England batting trio of Stoneman, Westley and Malan fail to convince | Andy Bull

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/sep/03/england-ashes-audition-tom-westley-west-indies-lords

Aug 21

Paul Collingwood in line to play for World XI in landmark Pakistan series

• T20 series in September sees international cricket return to Pakistan
• Military style security in place for return eight years after Lahore attack

Paul Collingwood is in line to be the English representative in a World XI coached by Andy Flower that will play a three-match series in Pakistan next month as the International Cricket Council brings top level cricket back to the country.

The Guardian understands that Collingwood, England’s World Twenty-20-winning captain, has made himself available for the three Twenty20s in Lahore on 12, 13 and 15 September with the squad, which has previously been tipped to include South Africa’s Hashim Amla and Imran Tahir, due to be named in the coming days.

Related: West Indies lack time to deal with problems in all departments | Vic Marks

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/aug/21/paul-collingwood-world-xi-pakistan-cricket

Aug 20

Deep-thinking Stuart Broad in no mood to ease up despite mismatch of a series | Ali Martin

England’s second-highest wicket-taker will politely suggest he needs no additional rest before the Ashes, despite the evisceration of West Indies suggesting his side could consider all options

Stuart Broad will be reminding the England management that there are two months to rest before the Ashes, with the fast bowler, fresh from becoming their second highest wicket-taker in Tests, in no mood to miss the seemingly easy pickings on offer against West Indies.

In what is already shaping up to be a mismatched series after the three-day (and night) evisceration of the tourists at Edgbaston, the temptation may be to bring the fit-again Chris Woakes back for the second Test at Headingley starting on Friday, with one eye on the winter.

Related: England overwhelm West Indies as Stuart Broad passes Ian Botham’s mark

Related: Edgbaston cakewalk and Murray’s glory highlight magic of moonlit sport | Paul MacInnes

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/aug/20/stuart-broad-test-mismatch-england-west-indies

Aug 10

Mark Stoneman in for Keaton Jennings in England squad to face West Indies

• Leg-spinner Mason Crane is surprise inclusion in 13-man squad
• Stoneman will be Alastair Cook’s 12th opening partner since 2012

Mason Crane and Mark Stoneman have been handed the chance to secure places on the Ashes tour after receiving their first Test call-ups for the three-match series against West Indies that begins with the first ever day-night fixture, at Edgbaston next Thursday.

The uncapped pair are among three changes to the squad that closed out the 3-1 series victory over South Africa at Old Trafford on Monday, with Chris Woakes returning to fitness following a side strain and Keaton Jennings, Liam Dawson and Steven Finn all dropped.

Related: Suzie Bates helps Southern Vipers cruise to KSL win over Western Storm

Related: Joe Root’s form and leadership reassure but England top order still an issue | Vic Marks

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/aug/10/mark-stoneman-replaces-keaton-jennings-england-squad-west-indies-day-night-test-cricket

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