Alastair Cook hopes to draw a line under a selection issue he described as “slightly messy” and now wants the focus to be on squaring the series with Pakistan following some honest chats among the squad in the wake of their defeat at Lord’s.
So Pakistan’s four-man attack has outstripped England’s five. There is one obvious reason for that: Yasir Shah. The wrist spinner from the north-west frontier has been the key component in Pakistan’s victory in north‑west London. No Pakistan bowler had taken more than eight wickets at Lord’s. Here Yasir took six in the first innings, when he was not supposed to be so effective, and four in the second.
Marc Wilmots has been sacked as Belgium head coach following the national team’s poor showing at Euro 2016.
Trevor Bayliss first floated the idea of Joe Root moving to No3 at the end of the Test series victory over South Africa last winter and now six months on, after Nick Compton’s final series proved one too far and much discussion behind the scenes, the button has finally been pushed.
It is mid-afternoon on the south coast. For the first time, the brooding clouds that have covered the south coast have dispersed and the sun has broken through, glinting on the ear stud of the strapping young pace bowler striding up the hill from the sea end.
Normal service was resumed from Jos Buttler in a new role as England chalked up another victory in Sri Lanka’s last match on tour. They needed only 141 for victory but on a surface that did not allow constant, free-flowing strokeplay they needed Buttler, the opening batsman, to be at his most ruthlessly clinical.
It would be fair to say that Steve Eskinazi has enjoyed an eventful start to his first class career. Last September, he made his debut for Middlesex against Yorkshire at Lord’s, batted at five and found himself walking to the crease at the end of the first over of the match as Ryan Sidebottom disposed of Paul Stirling, Nick Compton and Dawid Malan.
The only discernible difference was the absence of a mop of jet-black hair.
Fifty-four overs and no result was the gloomy outcome of another Bristol one‑day international.
You could have bet the house, the family silver, the car and the cat on Alastair Cook making a century and batting through the day. There was never any doubt.
Cricket fans around the world mourn the last of the gentleman commentators
There was nothing that could have been done to save Phillip Hughes after he was hit in the neck by a ball as he batted in a Sheffield Shield match two years ago, a coronial inquest into his death has heard.
England cricket coach gets the sack prior to the summer tests.
A remarkable game at the cricket World Cup ended with New Zealand taking the spoils and the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy.
Leeds have reportedly made a new bid for Norwich forward Kyle Lafferty.
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Alastair Cook has admitted that he had been considering resigning as England’s captain throughout the summer, revealing he decided to stay on the morning after regaining the Ashes last Sunday.
Alastair Cook again showed his ability to grind out runs in Asian conditions with a determined half-century against Pakistan A on the opening day of England’s first tour match, although for his fellow opener, Moeen Ali, the occasion proved an anticlimax.
England’s resistance was shortlived on the penultimate day of the fourth Test as Pakistan cut through their middle and lower order before knocking off the token total of 40 required to win by 10 wickets. The result at the Kia Oval means the four-match series ends drawn at 2-2.
The man in the Hampshire tie in the Robin Smith Bar had a quizzical air about him. “The thing is,” he confided in subdued tones, as if addressing his physician, “I have never seen Ben Stokes bat. So I want to see him do well, but not too well, if you get my drift.”
The England and Wales Cricket Board’s hopes of sending two full-strength squads for the month-long trip to Bangladesh at the end of September have received a boost by the news that the Test captain, Alastair Cook, has confirmed his place on tour.