Vic Marks

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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…

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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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England will take fight to India in second T20, says David Willey

• Willey: ‘We’ll come back and have full confidence’• All-rounder brushes off clash with Bhuvneshwar KumarAfter the kindergarten clash with the Aussies there is something a little spicier to savour as the white-ball section of the summer continues agai…

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Virat Kohli’s India will pose England significant white-ball challenge

Batting lineup will be much more threatening than Australians’ and touring side also has interesting selection of spin optionsThe Vincibles of 2018 have departed. The Australian cricketers have left the country, tails between their legs, and several of…

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England’s blistering top order driving each other on to greater feats | Vic Marks

Batsmen have helped pulverise Australia in the ODI series without letting competition for World Cup places have any effect as Paul Farbrace stands in for Trevor BaylissEngland must wish the World Cup was taking place next week rather than next year – a…

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England’s ODI prowess will only truly be cemented when they win a trophy | Vic Marks

Eoin Morgan’s captaincy is central to the huge progress, so much so that Ben Stokes needs to be fit and bowling well to get a place backIt was only a few weeks ago that English cricket was reckoned to be in crisis; the team was losing to Pakistan in Te…

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Eoin Morgan steers England to ODI win after Moeen puts Australia in a spin

• Australia 214; England 218-7• England win by three wickets with six overs to spareEngland won the first one-day international against Australia by three wickets. But they did so messily, in a manner hardly befitting the side ranked No 1 in the world….

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Scotland should be at Cricket World Cup – here’s a way they could be next time | The Spin

The thrilling win against England on Sunday showed Scotland’s potential and made a mockery of the decision to restrict the 2019 Cricket World Cup to 10 teamsThe enthralling Scottish match raised two simple questions. Why are Scotland not playing in the…

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Jos Buttler is quick to find his feet on Test voyage of rediscovery

England one-day specialist is a thinker about the game and even at the age of 27 there is plenty of time remaining for him to have a decent Test careerA cricketer’s life is a short one and so evolution is consequently rapid. A fresh-faced bright young …

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Defeat at Headingley could spell big trouble for England and coach Bayliss

There would be huge relief at the beleaguered ECB if England could square the Pakistan series but there is no guarantee of that, especially since the fitness of Ben Stokes is in doubtThe Headingley Test has become a spicier match than was ever anticipa…

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