Shoaib Bashir offers nod to future for England with Ashes target in mind

The 20-year-old spinner is clearly still raw but his promising start suggests he could play his way into plans for Australia

Word is yet to reach us as to whether England’s cricketers ended up at Mega Munch on Sunday night following that surging late victory at Trent Bridge. Just off Nottingham’s slightly chaotic market square, it did a sterling job two years ago – the scene of Ollie Pope’s first doner kebab, apparently – after so-called Bazball first burst into life.

Although a bit has changed since. Of the XI that beat New Zealand that day with that breakneck chase of 299, only four remained for the 241-run victory against West Indies that secured a first Test series win for England’s men since Pakistan in late 2022. Pope, Ben Stokes, Zak Crawley and Joe Root are the survivors, and Matthew Potts is still in the squad, but Jonny Bairstow, Alex Lees, Ben Foakes, Jack Leach, Stuart Broad and Jimmy Anderson have either moved – or been moved – on. So much for it being a cosy club.

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Bashir rips through West Indies to clinch series win for England

Shoaib Bashir helped himself to a flurry of West Indian wickets after hundreds from Joe Root and Harry Brook set up England’s series-clinching 241-run win at Trent Bridge.

Root and Brook, the long-reigning king of England’s batting unit and his heir apparent, reeled off classy centuries to pave the way for a sprint to victory on the fourth evening of this second Test.

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England v West Indies: second cricket Test, day one – live

England: 1 Zak Crawley, 2 Ben Duckett, 3 Ollie Pope, 4 Joe Root, 5 Harry Brook, 6 Ben Stokes (capt), 7 Jamie Smith (wk), 8 Chris Woakes, 9 Gus Atkinson, 10 Mark Wood, 11 Shoaib Bashir

West Indies: 1 Kraigg Brathwaite (capt), 2 Mikyle Louis, 3 Kirk McKenzie, 4 Alick Athanaze, 5 Kavem Hodge, 6 Jason Holder, 7 Joshua da Silva (wk), 8 Kevin Sinclair, 9 Alzarri Joseph, 10 Shamar Joseph, 11 Jayden Seales.

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England call up Mark Wood for second Test against West Indies

  • Durham bowler fills seam berth left by Anderson’s exit
  • Matt Potts and uncapped Dillon Pennington also in frame

England have added Mark Wood to their squad for the second Test against West Indies at Trent Bridge on Thursday, the 34-year-old Durham fast bowler filling the place vacated by the retired Jimmy Anderson. The call-up pits Wood into a three-way battle for a single vacant seamer spot, alongside his county teammate Matt Potts and Nottinghamshire’s uncapped 25-year-old, Dillon Pennington.

That is assuming Gus Atkinson keeps his place after taking 12 wickets on debut in the opening Test and that England continue to pick a spinner. Shoaib Bashir was in the side at Lord’s, though such was the success of the seam attack he did not bowl a ball, and in England’s only innings was yet to score having faced 17 balls when he was run out by Mikyle Louis.

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Jimmy Anderson still hungry but accepts England are thirsty for change | Ali Martin

The almost-42 Test bowling ‘addict’ bows out knowing English cricket’s ‘big dogs’ have to look to next year’s Ashes

A couple of years ago New Scientist magazine received a letter asking whether composers will eventually run out of new combinations of notes with which to create original melodies. The answer, in practical terms, was no, although the sentiment behind the question comes to mind when trying to sum up Jimmy Anderson.

Such has been the number of milestones reached and breached by Anderson over the years that the rolling tributes have begun to struggle for new material. The artistry, the skill, the fitness, the wobble seam, the references to things that did not exist back when he made his Test debut in 2003, such as the iPhone, Facebook or Shoaib Bashir – the story of England’s record-wicket taker has been told and retold, from those formative, shy years in Burnley through to the bona fide British sporting great who bows out at Lord’s this week, starting on Wednesday.

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