Andy Bull

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Spirit of détente breaks out as England prepare for Test series with India

Recent visits have been mired in controversy but Virat Kohli’s team will play four Tests and hopes are high for a return of the sporting values that once characterised the tourThe Maharajah of Porbandar was a better captain than batsman, a fact that, i…

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Anger drives Pat Perez to new heights half a lifetime after taming Tiger | Andy Bull

After Pat Perez beat Tiger Woods at a prestigious junior event in 1993 aged 16 their careers took wildly different paths – but now golf’s raging bull is fulfilling the talent that goes with his temperIt’s likely been a long time since Tiger Woods last …

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Trump’s Turnberry trip shows golf to be most presidential thing about him | Andy Bull

The US president’s love of the game keeps up the rich relationship between the Oval Office and 18 holes of escapismOnce Chequers was done with, and Windsor out of the way, Donald Trump turned to the more pressing presidential business of addressing a&n…

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Federer v Nadal 2008: Wimbledon’s greatest final a decade on

It is 10 years since the two titans met for the third in a trilogy of finals at SW19 and served up what Björn Borg described as ‘the best tennis match I’ve ever seen in my life’There’s no ready measure for greatness, no simple standard or scale. To pic…

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Steve Smith is set to return – maybe this break has done him some good | Andy Bull

The former Australia captain has admitted before he does not have many interests outside cricket, so an enforced spell away from the game might just have given him a bit of perspectiveIt’s been three months since the scandal. Right now, Steve Smith is …

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Bayliss and Jones: the Aussies in charge of two England World Cup destinies | Andy Bull

Eddie Jones and Trevor Bayliss’s smooth starts at the helm of England’s rugby and cricket teams have turned distinctly bumpy. Learning from each other could help turn the tideIt’s 50 miles from Penrith to Randwick, an hour’s drive from one side of Sydn…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jun/19/how-eddie-jones-and-trevior-bayliss-can-help-each-other-and-england

Australia’s new coach Justin Langer: sledging is a fun part of the game

• There is a difference between banter and abuse, says Langer• Ricky Ponting will be Australia assistant coach for ODI seriesJustin Langer launched the first tour of Australian cricket’s new era by explaining that he likes to sledge his own daughter. I…

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Bright lights of Test cricket reveal contrasting paths of Lathwell and Bess | Andy Bull

Two Devonshire cricketers who made their Test debuts 25 years apart have intertwined stories but very different first experiences of international cricketSome shots linger, so that years later you can still see their shape, hear their sound, when about…

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Eoin Morgan ruled out of West Indies T20 fundraiser after breaking finger

• England limited-overs captain injured fielding for Middlesex• ICC to introduce tough new guidelines on player behaviourEoin Morgan has withdrawn from the World XI’s T20 match against West Indies at Lord’s on Thursday because of a fractured ring finge…

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Cricket looks the loser after series of loose allegations from al-Jazeera | Andy Bull

The Qatar-based broadcaster has bundled three separate claims of malpractice into one documentary, bought some of its information from a self-proclaimed crook and seems likely to have plenty more explaining to doThe story goes that when the Australian …

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Ireland’s test of character leaves Kevin O’Brien confident they can compete | Andy Bull

Century-maker proud of team’s grit in first five-dayer against Pakistan but says new blood is needed to cement progressThe O’Brien boys used to play at the Ashes in the back garden. During the summer they would stage long one-on-one Test matches, each …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/may/20/kevin-obrien-ireland-cricket-pakistan

Ireland’s moment in the sun comes just as it is setting on Test cricket

Malahide on Saturday saw the first Irish Test XI take to the field, against Pakistan, but the game was far from a sellout and they have only 16 more Tests planned for the next five yearsNorth Richmond Street, being blind, is a quiet street. There is no…

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Australia ball-tampering scandal may be a reality check, says Mickey Arthur

• They have paid a big price already, says Mickey Arthur• Pakistan visit involves a Test in Ireland and two in EnglandMickey Arthur hopes that Australia’s recent ball-tampering scandal will be “a reality check for world cricket” that makes everybody “s…

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Patrick Reed found a way to cope with the pressure and Rory McIlroy did not | Andy Bull

After a nervous start for both on the final round of the Masters the Texan settled to play his game but McIlroy’s challenge diedThey say a Green Jacket costs around $250, though no one who knows will confirm that. Money talks in Augusta, same as anywhe…

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Why did Smith and Bancroft have to front up, only to break down? | Andy Bull

It’s not clear who benefitted from all the weeping and wailing, certainly not the playersFive days deep into the scandal, the Australia team finally hit bottom. Their coach has quit, their two openers are banned and their captain and best batsman since…

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Swift and severe punishment for Smith and co but questions remain | Andy Bull

Cricket Australia has come down hard on Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft but ‘tampergate’ will not end hereThe harder you step in mess, the more it spreads. Last Saturday Cricket Australia found a flaming bag of the stuff on its doorstep …

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