County Champions begin their defence at Hampshire on Friday and the start cannot come soon enough for their left-handed opening batsman
Staying “humble and hungry” is the mantra that Angus Fraser, the Middlesex director of cricket, has been drilling into his squad during the build-up to their defence of the County Championship title that, after sitting out the first round last week, now whirs into life at Hampshire’s Ageas Bowl on Friday.
It is a mindset Fraser pinched from hearing Martin Keown on the radio discussing how the Arsenal team of the late 1990s and early 2000s would deal with a new season following success the year before and one player who appears to embody the approach is Nick Gubbins, the left-handed opener whose 1,409 runs last summer proved pivotal in ending a 23-year wait for the title.
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Derbyshire leg-spinner Matt Critchley says learning from Shane Warne and new team-mate Imran Tahir will improve his bowling.
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SHANE GETKATE will captain Ireland Wolves on their tour of England next week.
The CSNI and Northern Knights all-rounder has been appointed by Head Coach Pete Johnston and will lead the new-look Wolves in their six matches.
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Ex-England captain Alastair Cook is included in Essex’s 13-man squad for Friday’s County Championship match at Somerset.
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Middlesex will not support changes to ECB rules required to allow a new city-based Twenty20 competition involving only eight teams.
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Kandy chalked up successive wins in the ongoing Sri Lanka Cricket Super Provincial Tournament that got underway on April 9. The tournament mooted by SLC in bringing grassroots talent island-wide in to one basket, saw some high scoring matches with three centurions on the first day. Lahiru Milantha scored 106 for Dambulla versus Colombo, and Sri Lanka cricketer Dinesh Chandimal in turn chalked up116 not out for Colombo in a tied encounter with both teams scoring identical scores of 289 in 50 overs. In the Galle versus Kandy match that yielded 696 runs between the two sides with Kandy scraping through by one wicket, the inform Sri Lanka A prodigy Sadeera Samarawickrama, who has been nudging the selectors for a… Read More →
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BBC Weather’s Rebecca Wood looks at the impact weather has on batting and bowling.
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The England bowler was refused permission to play for Nottinghamshire this weekbut with fast bowlers caution is understandable
The 21st-century revival of England’s Test team has much to do with the advent of central contracts. They were introduced in 2000 to the universal relief of the England players and their coaches; there was some grumpiness around the counties but at least they were spared some significant wages. As has been clear this April, the counties have never been averse to what is effectively a handout.
But there are occasions when the central contract system is a source of exasperation. And this is one of them. Stuart Broad was very keen to play against Durham on Friday; his county, Nottinghamshire, now a second division team, were very keen to have him in the XI. But the director of England cricket, Andrew Strauss, has decreed that Broad must stick to the original ECB plan, which had him missing this game.
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Durham’s Division One promotion bid, despite a points penalty, is a ‘wonderful challenge’ says opener Stephen Cook.
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In joining Durham for part of the 2017 season, South Africa Test opener Stephen Cook is fulfilling a personal ambition.
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Former England cricketer James Taylor is hoping to teach resilience to schoolchildren after his forced retirement because of a serious heart condition.
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Stuart Broad will not be available for Nottinghamshire’s four-day match against Durham despite a request from the county.
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Match 3: Colombo vs Galle Galle 302/4 (49) Dasun Shanaka 121*, Dimuth Karunarathne 86 (retired), Minod Bhanuka 41, Sadeera Samarawickrama 20 Colombo114 (26.5) Kithuruwan Vithanage 26, Thisara Perera 25, Malinda Pushpakumara 5/29, Suranga Lakmal 2/20 GALLE WON BY 188 RUNS At CCC Grounds. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Match 4: Dambulla vs Kandy Kandy 336/7 (50) Chamara Kapugedara 102, Lahiru Madushanka 90*, Ramith Rambukwella 52*, Charith Asalanka 25, Dilruwan Perera 2/70, Asitha Fernando 2/71, Nuwan Kulasekara 2/72 vs Dambulla 317 (48.5) Harsha Cooray 109, Kusal Mendis 77, Lahiru Gamage 4/46 KANDY WON BY 19 RUNS At Colts Grounds, Colombo
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• Andrew Strauss declines player’s bid to delay time off after 48 hours of talks
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Stuart Broad will be a frustrated onlooker this weekend after his request to play for Nottinghamshire against Durham – a match for which he was scheduled to be rested – is understood to have been declined by the England and Wales Cricket Board.
As a centrally contracted player, Broad’s availability is dictated by England and his agreed start to the four-day season was to be his county’s opening match at Leicestershire, which ended on Sunday, and then at home against Sussex, starting on 21 April, with the away fixture at Durham in between marked down as time off.
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With the County Championship season starting on Friday, BBC Sport takes a look at some of the main talking points.
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At the Oval Maidan recreation ground in Mumbai young cricketers can imagine they are the next MS Dhoni or Virat Kohli
India is home to many religions: Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Buddhist, Christian and more. But they say the No 1 religion is cricket. And a trip to the Oval Maidan, a nine-hectare recreation ground in Mumbai, seems to confirm this. On a Sunday afternoon here there are so many games going on at once – perhaps 100 – that it’s almost impossible to work out who is playing in which one.
The game is played fast and furiously. It is a dusty surface on which a bowler ought to be able to spin the ball but, despite the heat, all the bowlers steam in and propel the rubber ball as fast as they can. The first delivery will be a bouncer at the batsman’s head to keep him back in his crease. The next will be just as quick but this time at his feet, and if he misses it his stumps will be sent cartwheeling.
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