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Oct 16

Nudge, nudge, wink, wink, say no more | Brief letters

Tax avoidance | Andrew Adonis | Tory reshuffles | Wobbly tables | Cricket etiquette | The Today programmeRichard Thaler’s theory has helped “bring forward more than £200m for the government in one year” (Academic who steered Cameron towards healthy ‘nu…

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Oct 13

ICC approves Test world championship and trial of four-day matches

• Nine-team two-year championship to begin in 2019 with 2021 final in England• Four-day Test trial agreed but all championship matches to have five daysEngland are to take part in a Test world championship after the sport’s governing body gave the go-a…

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Oct 12

Ben Stokes will explain Bristol incident when ‘time is right’ – agent

• Neil Fairbrother releases statement in support of England all-rounder• ‘Ben will continue to assist the police in any way he can,’ he writesBen Stokes will offer a full explanation of the incident in Bristol last month, which could cost the England a…

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Oct 11

New Balance terminate contract with Ben Stokes following Bristol incident

• Manufacturer ‘does not condone behaviour that doesn’t match our values’• Stokes, who could miss Ashes, apologies to Katie Price over ‘foolish video’Ben Stokes has had his contract with New Balance terminated, the sports equipment manufacturer announc…

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Oct 07

Steven Finn a logical England choice but not a Ben Stokes replacement

Given Ben Stokes’s prowess with bat and ball, England would need to select two extra players to replace him as they prepare for Ashes without the all-rounder

Ben Stokes has not been replaced by Steven Finn in the Ashes squad. Andrew Strauss, the cricket director of the England and Wales Cricket Board, was keen to stress that after Friday’s announcement of Finn as an additional member of the touring party to Australia.

“Steven is a high-quality cricketer with considerable experience of both international cricket and Australian conditions,” Strauss explained. “The selectors believe he will add to the range of options and the squad will be further supported by the arrival of the Lions in Australia in November. We have spoken to Ben and assured him that our decision in no way prejudges the outcome of the ongoing police investigation or cricket discipline commission process”.

Related: Has Ben Stokes’ late night out and arrest already lost England the Ashes?

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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.

Related: Why Test cricket still needs its fifth day | The Spin

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Oct 04

Ben Stokes and Alex Hales to get ECB central contracts renewed

• All-rounder and batsman get new deals but Stokes doubt for Ashes place
• Australia’s James Pattinson out of series with back injury

Ben Stokes and Alex Hales will see their central contracts renewed by England this week but the former’s hopes of being part of the winter’s Ashes defence continue to hang in the balance.

Deals for England’s international teams that cover the 2017-18 period will be announced on Friday and though the pair remain suspended indefinitely pending the outcome of a police investigation into the early-hours altercation in Bristol 10 days ago, their status with the England and Wales Cricket Board remains unaffected.

Related: Ashes absence of Ben Stokes would be good for Australia, says Mitchell Starc

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Oct 03

Ashes absence of Ben Stokes would be good for Australia, says Mitchell Starc

• Fast bowler reckons loss of all-rounder would be blow for England
• ‘If he is not there it is a blow for them and good for us’

The Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc believes the possible absence of Ben Stokes from the England team for the forthcoming Ashes series is a blow for the tourists and “good for us”.

Starc, who will return from injury at the weekend for the first of three Sheffield Shield matches leading up to the Ashes, said on Tuesday: “Everyone in world cricket knows how good a cricketer Ben is. He is England’s best all-rounder. It is yet to be seen whether he will be on the plane – if he does come then we know how good a player he is and he makes that team more balanced. If he is not there it is a blow for them and good for us.”

Related: Australia quicks Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood on track for Ashes

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Oct 02

England Lions opt for a mixed bag of Test hopefuls and youthful promise | Will Macpherson

The Lions squad to shadow the England team in Australia contains typical mix of talents but there are some notable and baffling outcasts

England Lions squad announcements, in their own little way, provoke as much fury as the senior squad, with focus as much on who is out than in. This time, for the flight (economy class, so their heads don’t swell too much) to Australia to shadow the Ashes squad – which may yet find it has a large hole in it – the story was the same, with the selectors choosing a mixed bag of Test cricketers (namely Tom Westley, Keaton Jennings, Mark Wood and Ben Duckett), those who have pushed on this year, those who have stalled but have credit in the bank, and those who barely register with their counties but are all the rage at Loughborough.

Ostensibly this is a training camp, but they play a three-day game against a Queensland XI, as well as three T20s against Perth Scorchers, too. The real business takes place after Christmas in the Caribbean, with three “Tests” and three one-dayers against West Indies A. Selection will be revisited in December, when the squads for North-South will also be picked. Those supporting coach Andy Flower are as interesting as the squad; Chris Silverwood, mastermind of Essex’s title win, will look after the bowlers, while Adam Hollioake, the former Surrey and England captain, is fielding coach.

Related: County cricket talking points: Hampshire stay up as Middlesex (probably) go down

Related: It’s the Wills 2017! The complete review of the county cricket season

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Sep 30

Ian Botham missed an England tour of India and the team’s burden disappeared | Vic Marks

Team balance will need addressing if Ben Stokes misses the Ashes but it need not all be bad news for England’s tourists

Leadership is supposed to encompass planning for every eventuality (let’s leave Brexit to one side for the moment) so one must assume that the England hierarchy is taking the precaution of planning for the possibility of an Ashes campaign without Ben Stokes.

The thought of it has the Australians rubbing their hands. They sense a win-win scenario here, which is how they like to place their bets. Without him, England are neutered. They are suddenly two players short. With him they will – rightly or wrongly – be accused of hypocrisy, especially after the ECB posturing over the David Warner affair in 2013.

Related: England clamp down on player behaviour after Ben Stokes affair

Related: Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow rocket England to ODI victory over West Indies

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Sep 29

England clamp down on player behaviour after Ben Stokes affair

• Joe Root and Stuart Broad pull out of Jos Buttler’s Amsterdam stag do
• Andrew Strauss understood to have ‘lightly pushed’ others to withdraw

England have moved to clamp down on player behaviour in the aftermath of the Ben Stokes affair with Joe Root and Stuart Broad among members of the Ashes squad to have pulled out of Jos Buttler’s stag do in Amsterdam this weekend after encouragement by the team management.

Stokes and Alex Hales are missing the social trip to the Netherlands as they are due in for further police questioning in the coming days. It follows the altercation in Bristol in the early hours of Monday that has led to the pair being suspended on full pay and left England in crisis.

Related: Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow rocket England to ODI victory over West Indies

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Sep 27

England rescued by Buttler and Moeen as rain leaves West Indies high and dry

West Indies 356-5; England 258-5 (35.1 overs, target 253)
• England won by six runs (D/L/S method)

It was probably apt that the weather should have the final say on a shivery September series that has seemed to be dodging around the arrival of autumn all the way from Chester-le-Street to London. A thrilling, run-filled day at The Oval began in low white cloud and ended in steady rain as England sealed the one-day international series against West Indies with one match still to play, snatching the game by six runs on DLS.

West Indies will feel aggrieved, having seemed to be ahead in the game from the opening 10 overs. A feisty, canny partnership of 77 in eight overs between Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali first rescued England’s innings then spurred them over the line in the final over before the skies closed in, heavy rain drawing the billowing plastic sheets across the outfield.

Related: England beat West Indies by six runs: fourth ODI – as it happened

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Sep 27

England opt for a ‘pick your mates’ policy as Stokes overshadows Ashes selections | Vic Marks

England put their trust in a group who know each other but they are light on openers and must also hope their talisman’s right hand heals in time

When the selection of Ben Stokes for the Ashes tour becomes headline news, something’s up. At the moment we are assuming – no more than that – Stokes will be available for the start of it. Sadly that depends on the investigations of the Avon and Somerset police and the state of his right hand.

Related: Ben Stokes named in Ashes squad despite broken finger and arrest

Related: England chase 357 to beat West Indies: fourth ODI – live!

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Sep 27

Ben Stokes’s Ashes hopes in the balance after Bristol arrest

• ECB responds as CCTV footage allegedly emerges of incident
• Stokes earlier named in Ashes squad as vice-captain

The participation of Ben Stokes in the Ashes series this winter remains in the balance following the fight in Bristol at 2.35am on Monday that saw the England all-rounder arrested on suspicion of actual bodily harm and left with a broken finger.

England had stated on Wednesday that Stokes would continue in his role as Test vice-captain while investigations by themselves and police were ongoing, with the selectors having named him in their squad for the five-Test series with Australia that starts on 23 November.

Related: Joe Root’s reluctance to bat No3 leaves England selectors in a tangle | The Spin

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Sep 26

James Vince and Gary Ballance set to be named in England’s Ashes squad

• Hampshire batsman gets the nod but Tom Westley misses out
• Craig Overton, Ben Foakes and Mason Crane included

James Vince and Gary Ballance will be the chief beneficiaries when England name their Ashes squad on Wednesday after the selectors recalled the two batsmen and cut Tom Westley.

A 16-man squad will be announced at The Oval before the fourth one-dayer against West Indies with an uncapped trio of Craig Overton, Ben Foakes and Mason Crane also in the party for the five-Test series in Australia that begins in Brisbane on 23 November.

Related: England strive to solve Ashes puzzle with key pieces still missing | Vic Marks

Related: Joe Root’s reluctance to bat No3 leaves England selectors in a tangle | The Spin

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Sep 26

Joe Root’s reluctance to bat No3 leaves England selectors in a tangle | The Spin

England are going to be casting for Ashes roles during their warm-up matches, which is a little close to opening night to be running auditions, but there is a simple solution

Sir Gubby Allen was not, in the delicate phrase of one of his biographers, a “naturally penitent man”. Allen, England captain and MCC president, was also the chair of selectors between 1955 and 1962. It was Allen who persuaded Peter May to recall Cyril Washbrook to play against Australia at Headingley in 1956. Washbrook was 41, and hadn’t played a Test in so long that he was serving as one of the selectors himself. “The press went to town,” Allen wrote, but Washbrook made 98, and England won. As Allen recalled it, the spectators raised three cheers for the chair of selectors after the match. Which must be one of the few recorded instances of a public display of gratitude for men who work one of the more thankless jobs in cricket.

Related: Tom Westley survives Ashes injury scare as England rivals forced to wait

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