Ali Martin

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Feb 22

Mason Crane is a work in progress for England, says Andy Flower

• England Lions head coach backs 21-year-old leg-spinner• Hampshire man took one wicket in two unofficial A TestsAndy Flower, the England Lions head coach, has called for greater patience regarding Mason Crane’s development as a leg-spinner and tipped …

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Feb 15

Hampshire plan app for replays and ordering drinks after Ashes snub

• Rod Bransgrove hopes technology can tempt Tests to Ageas Bowl• ‘We will be pulling out all the stops and intend to lead the way’Rod Bransgrove remains undeterred in his dream of watching an Ashes Test at his beloved Ageas Bowl, with the Hampshire cha…

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Feb 14

Trent Bridge misses out on 2023 Ashes but bags one-day finals

• ECB announces venues for internationals and T20 franchises• Nottinghamshire gets four Tests in five years from 2020 to 2024Trent Bridge will not host an Ashes Test in 2023 but the Nottinghamshire ground will host the finals of the Royal London One-Da…

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Jan 09

Trevor Bayliss to stand down as England head coach at end of 2019 Ashes

Head coach will not renew contract when it expires in 18 months after overseeing heavy defeats to India and AustraliaTrevor Bayliss intends to stand down as England head coach at the end of the World Cup and Ashes home summer in 2019, but has said he w…

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Dec 28

Alastair Cook savours Ashes century but rues not hitting form much earlier

England opener was left with feelings of relief and frustration after his hundred on the second day at Melbourne ended a personal drought with the batAlastair Cook was left with feelings of relief and frustration after his unbeaten century on the secon…

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Dec 13

Australia’s Steve Smith says two more bad sessions can lose England the Ashes

• Australia captain says whitewash in sight if his team get on top in Perth• Mitchell Marsh set to replace Peter Handscomb for third Ashes TestSteve Smith has reminded England that the Ashes will change hands if they suffer just two poor sessions in Pe…

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Dec 11

England players have let down Joe Root and must rebuild trust, says Bairstow

• ‘We’ve got a chance as a group to go out there and front up’• ‘Lads are still feeling positive’ despite trailing 2-0 in AshesJonny Bairstow accepts England’s players have let down their captain, Joe Root, and must rebuild public trust by delivering o…

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Dec 05

Three international cricket captains report attempted fixing approaches

• ICC investigating after cases were flagged up in past two months • Up to seven live investigations into current match-fixing attemptsThe International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption unit is understood to be conducting up to seven live investigatio…

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Dec 04

England set to name Ben Stokes and Alex Hales in squad for Australia ODIs

• Both players expected to in squad named after second Ashes Test• Neither has played for England since Stokes was arrested in SeptemberThe fallout from the Ben Stokes affair could bleed into England’s plans for the one-day series in Australia after Ch…

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Nov 30

Ben Stokes ready for return in Christchurch despite Ashes setback

• England all-rounder to play for Canterbury against Otago in 50-over match• Stokes ‘has the right to be treated the same as other players’ says club’s CEOBen Stokes has ploughed on with his plans to make a comeback in New Zealand despite his Ashes hop…

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Nov 22

Australia’s Ashes plans hit as Shaun Marsh joins Warner as first Test doubt

Glenn Maxwell called up to squad as cover for injured pairMarsh has a sore back with Warner suffering from a neck injuryAustralia have seen their plans thrown into jeopardy after being forced to fly in Glenn Maxwell as batting cover on the eve of the f…

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Nov 18

How to win in Australia: frustrate Warner and go for jugular with Smith

The former South Africa coach Russell Domingo reveals the plans behind his side’s series victory in Australia without AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn a year agoHow to win in Australia? It is the pre-Ashes question that prompts past English triumphs to be…

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Nov 03

Go easy on Ben Stokes when it comes to cricket punishment, says Mike Brearley

• Former England captain ‘saddened by eruption … but he’s a human being’• Brearley says England’s Ashes hopes hinge on Stokes playing – ‘I think he’s key’Mike Brearley, the respected former England captain, has called for a degree of clemency when the …

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Oct 30

Jonny Bairstow delighted with role of England’s man for all sessions

Yorkshire’s wicketkeeper-batsman looks forward to his second Ashes tour in a very different situation from that of his firstIn the precious few weeks between the end of England’s busiest ever international summer and the team’s departure for Australia …

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Oct 28

Chris Woakes ready to step up and fill the gap for England in the Ashes | Ali Martin

After an injury-hit summer, the bowler is fully fit and has backed himself to move up the batting order to help replace Ben Stokes against AustraliaChris Woakes has set himself a target of scoring plenty of runs in the upcoming Ashes as, not for the fi…

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Oct 05

Durham feel squeeze after Mark Wood’s central England deal is downgraded

• Fast bowler returns to payroll after England scale back to white-ball contract
• Parachute payment from ECB will ease concerns for embattled Durham

Mark Wood has been downgraded from a full England central contract to a white ball-only deal. But while this means the fast bowler will now return to the payroll at Durham, the county are phlegmatic about the impact it will have on their tight finances.

The 27-year-old returned from a third ankle operation at the start of the 2017 season and went on to have a significant impact for England’s one-day team during the first half of the summer. He bowled with pace and claimed a raft of high-profile scalps that included Hashim Amla, Kane Williamson, David Warner and Steve Smith en route to the Champions Trophy semi-finals.

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