Vic Marks

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Who will be England’s openers on Sri Lanka tour remains anyone’s guess

Rory Burns and Joe Denly can open, and they are joined by Keaton Jennings, Jos Buttler and Adil Rashid – but great sides have a rock solid opening pairPerhaps Ed Smith has lost his touch. Almost for the first time since he became England’s national sel…

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England weigh up Rory Burns’ Test credentials for Sri Lanka

• Surrey opener looks to have earned chance of Test debut• England could gamble on promoting one-day expert Jason RoyEd Smith’s selectorial announcements this summer have often been diverting and the same could apply when he reveals on Friday England’s…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/sep/20/england-rory-burns-test-sri-lanka-jason-roy

England and Joe Root feel the positives but opening question remains | Vic Marks

Series victory against India was a fillip as was Joe Root’s century but who opens the batting in Sri Lanka is no clearerThe players deserve their rest after a whirlwind five-Test series completed in record time, which has enchanted those able to watch …

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Focus shifts to Keaton Jennings as Alastair Cook prepares to bow out | Vic Marks

The retirement of England’s record runscorer means a new senior man at the top of the order is needed for the upcoming winter tour of Sri LankaAll eyes will be upon England’s opening batsman at the Oval. Lean, dignified, quick to smile and forever dili…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2018/sep/06/keaton-jennings-alastair-cook-england-retirement

Alastair Cook: prolific batsman with a choirboy smile and ruthless streak | Vic Marks

England’s top run-scorer, who has announced his retirement from Test cricket, made sure it was the bowlers who sweatedAlastair Cook always gave the impression he was able to concentrate more easily than any of his peers. Once set he was, like most of t…

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Now is the time for England’s batsmen to nail down places for Sri Lanka | Vic Marks

Cook? Jennings? Bairstow? Stokes? Fourth Test against India finds England in a state of flux with only Joe Root inked in for October’s tourOne up with two to play makes you the favourite to win. Yet on the eve of the fourth Test in Southampton the Indi…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2018/aug/29/england-batsmen-nail-places-sri-lanka-india-fourth-test

England target a long-term opening for Jonny Bairstow at top of the order

Move to turn wicketkeeper-batsman into a specialist batsman may have to wait until the tours to Sri Lanka and West IndiesEveryone can lament the margin of England’s defeat at Trent Bridge but maybe not the outcome itself. Beyond the dressing rooms the …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/aug/26/england-target-opening-top-order-jonny-bairstow-india-sri-lanka

Ben Stokes verdict cannot hide fact the game was brought into disrepute

Ben Stokes could easily become an England great and it is high time he dealt with some of the more unpleasant aspects of his personalityThe England and Wales Cricket Board must have been heartily relieved by the Test team’s emphatic victory over India …

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England should look ahead with Lazarus Bayliss after sealing series | Vic Marks

After winning three successive Tests England’s coach has not been widely heralded but Trevor Bayliss has shown that he is more astute than he lets onIt was not so long ago – after the first Lord’s Test of the summer, when Pakistan defeated England by n…

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England look to Adil Rashid for fast start in defining India Test series | Vic Marks

Rashid has been chosen ahead of Moeen but the absence of his spin partner will make the Yorkshireman’s task trickier against Kohli’s world No 1 sideThe five Test series against India condensed into little more than six weeks will determine whether this…

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Don’t whine at Adil Rashid over his switch from white to red | Vic Marks

There is anger in Yorkshire at spinner’s absence from county’s T20 campaign, but it should be directed at England selectorsWhatever the names of the spin bowlers announced by Ed Smith they were less likely to cause Virat Kohli and his fellow batsmen sl…

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Adil Rashid and the gulf between wrist-spin in ODIs and Tests | Vic Marks

The longer form of the game is in so many ways more demanding than white-ball cricket – distant personal experience reminds me of thatPhil Edmonds, independent thinker, entrepreneur, Cambridge graduate and the most gifted of left-arm spinners, once dec…

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Moeen Ali’s one-day form puts him in line for England Test recall | Vic Marks

Joe Root knows the threat that India will pose in the five-Test series which begins at Edgbaston next monthNow comes the tricky bit. Over the last month Eoin Morgan’s England side has demonstrated why the ODI rankings, though never rock-solid reliable,…

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Eoin Morgan’s flexibility sets up England for India decider | Vic Marks

The captain’s decision to trust his instincts at Lord’s was key to the victory that will see the ODI series settled at HeadingleyWe are bombarded with statistics in the 21st century – figures that are way more intricate than a sombre “He’s only av…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jul/15/eoin-morgan-england-india-decider-odi-series-headingley

Joe Root’s place in England T20 side is the least of their worries | Vic Marks

Paul Farbrace says Test captain will still play a big part despite omission from final game against IndiaThe defeat by India in the T20 series is not a calamity but it is a chastening reminder that England, whatever the rankings, do not necessarily rul…

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Eoin Morgan admits Ben Stokes’ return gives him difficult decision

• All-rounder fit to face India in Bristol after injury lay-off• Alex Hales’ form ‘makes him a very strong case’, says captainVictory in Cardiff on Friday means a showdown in Bristol to decide the outcome of a T20 series that has been so much more intr…

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