Category: England National Cricket

England National Cricket Team News

Buttler and Bess are surprises in England’s Test squad as Vince dropped

Uncapped Somerset spinner Dom Bess picked for Pakistan openerNo reprieve for Vince despite double hundred for HampshireJos Buttler has earned his Test recall on the back of his “unique gifts” as a destructive batsman. This was the view from Ed Smith wh…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/may/15/buttler-and-bess-are-surprises-in-england-test-squad-as-vince-dropped

England’s new national selector runs through options for first Pakistan Test

• Ed Smith is likely to include another new partner for Alastair Cook• In-form James Vince and Sam Curran may get calls for Lord’s partyWe await the first utterances from Ed Smith rather like Greeks hastening to Delphi to listen to the oracle. Like the…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/may/14/england-national-selector-ed-smith-squad-first-pakistan-test

Warwickshire’s Olly Stone: ‘I greet each wicket with a fist-pump now’

The paceman thought his career may be over after rupturing his ACL jumping to celebrate a wicket in 2016 but he could now be the answer to England’s fast-bowling prayersPace. It felt the final frontier for England on their ill-fated voyage to Australia…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/may/12/olly-stone-warwickshire-england-fast-bowler

The Guardian view on 100-ball cricket: the sacred and the profane | Editorial

It is depressing to think that the ECB believes that a great game can only be saved by reinvention in a ‘popular’ formThe announcement of a 100-ball form of cricket is yet more mildly depressing evidence that the glorious game is splitting into two for…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/may/08/the-guardian-view-on-100-ball-cricket-the-sacred-and-the-profane

Who will Ed Smith select for England? How the contenders are shaping up | The Spin

It would be odd for a new selector with ‘fresh ideas’ to pick all the same names – the impetus for change is considerableLike the cuckoo the new chief selector has been spotted this spring. He has been migrating north and west (it’s the only way to go …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/may/08/the-spin-ed-smith-england-contenders-cricket-test-team

England and Australia to start World Test Championship with 2019 Ashes

• Two-year tournament devised by ICC to decide best Test team • Competition is expected to conclude with a Lord’s final in 2021England and Australia have agreed to make next year’s Ashes the first series that will count towards the new nine-team World …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/may/01/england-and-australia-to-start-world-test-championship-with-2019-ashes

ECB should not tap its feet for four years before embracing Jofra Archer | Barney Ronay

England are missing a trick by waiting until the gifted Sussex all-rounder is 27 and need to put a yorker through the rule bookEven with a week to sit on it there is no obvious easing of the dunder-headed inanity that surrounds the England and Wales Cr…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2018/apr/27/ecb-england-jofra-archer-sussex

Eoin Morgan keeps World Cup hopes to himself despite England’s improvement

• England up to third in ODI rankings after six series wins in a row• Morgan wary after disappointment in 2016 World T20 finalEoin Morgan will not allow himself to visualise lifting the World Cup at Lord’s next summer but believes his England team will…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/apr/26/eoin-morgan-not-dreaming-england-world-cup

Moeen Ali: ‘I probably should have been dropped from Test side earlier’

The England all-rounder’s appraisal of his Ashes and New Zealand tour reveals something of an identity crisis but he is relishing the IPLWhen Moeen Ali was taken aside by Joe Root in Christchurch last month and told he would sit out the final instalmen…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/apr/25/moeen-ali-england-test-side-ipl-interview

England suspected ball tampering by Australia at Perth, says Alastair Cook

• ‘The outfield was wet and they managed to get ball reversing’• Former captain poised to match Allan Border’s record of 153 TestsAlastair Cook has admitted to suspicions among the England team of ball-tampering by Australia during the Ashes series.Ste…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/apr/24/england-suspected-ball-tampering-australia-perth-alastair-cook

Arlott and Swanton embraced change while still keeping cricket’s soul intact | Richard Williams

A couple of contrast, they had differing backgrounds and styles but were never afraid to support innovation that they felt would be to the benefit of the game they lovedA prelude to summer arrived last week, and with it a noisy chorus of speculation ov…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2018/apr/23/arlott-swanton-embraced-change-preserved-cricket-soul

Ben Coad underlines England place claim in Yorkshire defeat of Notts

• Tykes captain Ballance says player has right attitude• Coad claimed 10 wickets in Yorkshire’s 164-run victoryBen Coad for England? “Why not” is the message from the Yorkshire captain, Gary Ballance, after seeing his seamer claim 10 wickets in the mat…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/apr/23/ben-coad-underlines-england-place-claim-yorkshire-defeat-nottinghamshire-county-championship

Ed Smith confirmed as England selector in job ‘too good to turn down’

• Andrew Strauss hopes set-up can become world-leader in cricket• Angus Fraser expected to leave part-time selector roleEd Smith, the former cricketer, broadcaster and journalist, has been confirmed as England’s new national selector and will now head …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/apr/20/ed-smith-confirmed-england-cricket-selector-job-too-good-to-turn-down

Ed Smith in frame to be named as England’s new national selector

• Former batsman up against Andy Flower for leading role• Cricket Australia deny Justin Langer appointed new coachEd Smith is expected to be named as England’s new national selector by the England and Wales Cricket Board, with former coach Andy Flower …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/apr/18/ed-smith-ecb-england-new-selector-in-frame

TalkSPORT outbids BBC to secure rights for forthcoming England cricket tours

BBC loses free-to-air radio broadcast rights for West Indies and Sri Lanka toursTalkSPORT secures deal that breaks thirteen-year association with public broadcasterTalkSPORT has announced a major coup late Tuesday after outbidding the BBC to secure the…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/apr/18/talksport-outbids-bbc-to-secure-rights-for-forthcoming-england-cricket-tours

England’s IPL dozen learning as well as earning on cricket’s glitziest stage | Ali Martin

While the Test side and their counties miss them, the players are making the most of their Indian Premier League experience“I don’t think it will ever be straightforward. It’s down to you as a player to be very honest with yourself and if you want to b…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/apr/17/the-spin-england-ipl-dozen-test-cricket