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England batsman Hales to play only limited-overs cricket

England ODI opener Alex Hales has signed a new deal with Nottinghamshire to play only limited-overs matches until the end of the 2019 season. He follows the path set by England team-mate Adil Rashid, who announced last week he will only play white-ball cricket for Yorkshire in 2018. Hales, 29, has played 58 one-day and 52 T20 internationals for England, but his last Test appearance was in 2016. “We respect Alex’s decision,” said Notts director of cricket Mick Newell. “He’s an outstanding white-ball player. He’s entitled to make himself available…

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Darren Gough's Cricket Week – February 12, 2018

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 Darren Gough is alongside Jon Norman to talk all things cricket. On this week’s show, Twenty20 World Cup winner Ryan Sidebottom looks at England’s faltering T20 team, former England bowler Dean Headley joins Goughie in Test of Time to reminisce about the MCG miracle in 1998 and former Kiwi international Iain O’Brien talks about the new challenge facing England this week. Let’s block ads! (Why?)

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Cricket report: England lose Twenty20 tri-series opener against Australia

Glenn Maxwell cashed in on a controversial reprieve to make a match-winning century as England started their Trans-Tasman T20 Series with a five-wicket defeat to Australia in Hobart. Maxwell, having already been dropped by Alex Hales on 40, had another life on 59 when third umpire Chris Brown decided a stooping catch by Jason Roy was not taken cleanly – overturning the ‘soft’ on-field decision despite inconclusive replays. He finished the game with a towering six to reach 103 not out in just 58 balls, though England’s downfall was caused…

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Cricket news: Sum Curren joins England’s Twenty20 squad as Joe Root replacement

Surrey all-rounder Sum Curren,19, has joined England’s T20 squad Wednesday, January 24, 2018 Sam Curran will join brother Tom in England’s Twenty20 squad after being called up for the next month’s Trans-Tasman Series. The 19-year-old Surrey all-rounder has been drafted after the decision to rest Joe Root, who has withdrawn following a gruelling winter schedule. England may not have added additional cover had Ben Stokes been free to join up for the New Zealand leg of the tri-series, but he is due to appear in Bristol Magistrates’ Court on February…

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Is cricket the hardest sport to win away from home?

“Attendances in Test cricket are going down because you know who is going to win before you turn up. There has to be jeopardy as to who wins the game. I’m a Newcastle fan and I turn up genuinely thinking they have a chance of winning every single game in the Premier League. They’ve not, but they have more of a chance than England had in Brisbane at the start of this Ashes series.” Perhaps former England spinner Graeme Swann has a point. Has Test cricket become too predictable? Take…

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England cricket news: Mason Crane to make Ashes debut as Chris Woakes is ruled out

20-year-old Mason Crane is set to make his Ashes debut in Sydney Wednesday, January 3, 2018 Mason Crane will make his Ashes debut in the fifth and final Test in Sydney, after Chris Woakes was ruled out due to injury. The 20-year-old leg-spinner steps in after key bowling all-rounder Woakes underwent scans for a side injury, having played little part in net practice on Tuesday afternoon. Woakes missed much of last summer with a similar injury. The 28-year-old has been an ever-present in England’s campaign this winter, in which they…

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