Jofra Archer can stake England claim after first call-up and won’t affect team culture, says Ed Smith

Jofra Archer’s maiden call-up to England’s ODI squad should not affect the team’s morale in a World Cup summer, says national selector Ed Smith. Seamers Chris Woakes and Mark Wood are among a number of players who have questioned how Archer’s inclusion might affect the balance of the world’s top-ranked ODI side going into a jam-packed summer of cricket. Archer […]

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England can win Cricket World Cup, says Eoin Morgan

Wednesday officially marked 50 days to the start of the Cricket World Cup. As Eoin Morgan leads his charges out The Oval against South Africa on Thursday, May 30, it will be the culmination of four years of hard word – turning around a backward and basic team into a progressive, electric side who are quite rightly regarded as pre-tournament […]

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County Championship Division One: Who will claim the title?

The Specsavers County Championship gets underway on Friday with all the Division One clubs having strengthened over the summer. Kalika Mehta looks at which sides are best placed to claim the title. Surrey 2018: Champions2019 prediction: ChampionsSky Bet Odds: 7/4 favourites What’s changed? Surrey were head and shoulders above their opponents in Division One last season, as they swept to […]

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Swapping Kalashnikovs for bat and pads: Afghan cricket, the Taliban and peace

JALALABAD, Afghanistan (Reuters) – During a lull in Afghanistan’s never-ending war, before the fighting season resumes once again in the spring, Taliban fighters recall laying down their Kalashnikovs and, for a brief moment, enjoying a game of cricket. The sport is the only one most of the fighters enjoy, commanders say, with matches attracting hundreds of spectators from Taliban-controlled villages […]

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Steve Smith and David Warner could miss out on World Cup, says Aaron Finch

Fitting the disgraced duo of Steve Smith and David Warner into Australia’s World Cup squad will be “bloody hard” given the side’s resurgence without them, according to captain Aaron Finch. Both Smith and Warner are eligible to return to the national side after their 12-month suspensions for ball-tampering ended on Thursday. Australia beat Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday to […]

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