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    Former England captain Charlotte Edwards has no regrets at missing the 'biggest game in women's history'

    Charlotte Edwards is reliving the experience of watching the nerve-racking run-chase against South Africa that earned England their place in the World Cup final from the supposed sanctuary of the commentary box.'Apparently I went really quiet,' said England's former captain. 'I was rubbing my hands, I didn't know what I was doing, just trying to distract myself.'I've been there with them, like in the T20 World Cup where we messed up against Australia, and this seemed like a similar chase. I knew how devastating it would be for them to get in such a good position and then throw it ...

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    Australia players' union warn time is running out to resolve pay dispute that threatens to scrap Ashes

    Fears this winter's Ashes series could be scrapped heightened on Saturday after the Australian players' union warned that time is running out to resolve their pay dispute.Steve Smith is due to lead his side in the first Test against England in November but Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA) chief Alistair Nicholson on Saturday emailed players warning the series is under threat.Cricket Australia (CA) have proposed pay increases for men and women but it means players will no longer get a percentage of CA income. [media_photo id="890895" height="510" width="634" alt="Steve Smith is due to lead Australia in the first test against England ...

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    England are running out of time to come up with an Ashes plan as they continue to tinker

    There are still five Tests and four months to go, but for an England side still trying to work out their best XI, the Ashes are looming into view with alarming haste.If Plan A is to win the third Test against South Africa, starting at The Oval on Thursday, then Plan B is to convince both themselves and the Australians that the team which appears at the Gabba on November 23 is capable retaining the urn. In both instances, there is work to be done.The injury to Gary Ballance, who has been ruled out with a broken finger, has not ...

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    Nat Sciver is the all-round star who can help England win the World Cup... She even has her own shot the 'Natmeg'

    Nat Sciver has had the kind of month most players spend their careers chasing.She has scored her maiden international hundred, and added a second for good measure. She has been compared to Ben Stokes and had a shot named in her honour. By the end of Sunday, she could be a World Cup winner. Sciver is 24. Some people have all the luck.The rise and rise of Nat Sciver is one of those happy pieces of timing, for it comes just as women's cricket is beginning to command proper air time and column inches. Some would say it's no coincidence: ...

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    Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal out of Galle Test against India after being diagnosed with pneumonia

    Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal will miss next week's first test against India after being diagnosed with pneumonia, dealing a big blow to the hosts ahead of the three-test home series against their neighbours.The 27-year-old was named test captain earlier this month after long-serving skipper Angelo Mathews stepped down following Sri Lanka's first one-day international series defeat to Zimbabwe.The right-handed batsman then led Sri Lanka to a win in the one-off test against the same opposition. Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal will ...

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    Tom Westley deserves his England chance in third Test against South Africa... if he gets runs an Ashes spot could be his

    The only thing that has stopped Mark Stoneman from making his Test debut next week is probably the fact that he is left-handed. Stoneman might have been just ahead of Tom Westley as a replacement for the injured Gary Ballance, but the fact that the top three would all have been lefthanded matters. It s all very well England saying they just need to pick their best players but they had to take into account how exceptional Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander are against lefthanders. [media_photo id="887513" height="423" width="634" alt="Essex's Tom Westley deserves his chance at No 3 in the ...

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    England Women coach Mark Robison believes his side have turned a corner from the dark days of Ashes defeat to take their shot at World Cup glory

    Mark Robinson knew he had a big job on his hands in November 2015 when he was appointed head coach of an England Women s side who were still broken, fractured and struggling after a disastrous and very public Ashes defeat.The team was thrust into the spotlight in their first major series after being made the first international women s cricket team to be handed professional contracts in February 2014.Money added with new cars from sponsors Kia put unfairly high expectations on the team and critics in the press and on social media rounded on the side in the summer ...

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    India to face England in Women's World Cup final after sensational 36-run victory over Australia as Harmanpreet Kaur makes 171

    Harmanpreet Kaur's exceptional unbeaten 171 led India to just their second World Cup final as they pulled off a sensational 36-run semi-final victory over Australia.They will face England in the showcase piece at Lord's, having been the only team to defeat the hosts so far in the tournament.In another excellent showcase of the incredible talents in the women's game, Kaur made the highest ever score by an Indian player, male or female, in a World Cup knockout match. Harmanpreet Kaur led ...

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    Tom Westley to replace Gary Ballance at No 3 for third Test against South Africa as Dawid Malan is also called up by England

    England have at last shown a bit of enterprise by picking both Tom Westley and Dawid Malan for the third Test as they attempt to pick up the pieces against South Africa.The uncapped pair are both named on Thursday in a 13-man squad for the 100th Test at the Oval next week with Essex batsman Westley, 28, definitely playing at No 3 in place of the injured Gary Ballance.Middlesex's Malan will also play if England decide to field an extra batsman in place of the ineffectual second spinner Liam Dawson, who retains his place in a squad of 13. [media_photo ...

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    Tickets for members areas at Lord's put on general sale due to high demand for women's World Cup final

    High demand for World Cup final tickets at Lord s have led to members areas being put on general sale.England Women pulled off a thrilling two-wicket victory over South Africa Women on Tuesday to book their place in the coveted final on Sunday.Large numbers of Marylebone Cricket Club members having yet to suggest if they will be at the Home of Cricket to watch as the host nation look to win their first major trophy since 2009. England have ...

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    Kevin Pietersen open to play for South Africa as former England captain sensationally admits: 'It's a possibility, we'll wait until 2019'

    Former England batsman and captain Kevin Pietersen has admitted playing for South Africa is an option.Pietersen has not played for England in any format since being sacked in the aftermath of the 2013-14 Ashes defeat in Australia.The South Africa-born 37-year-old has said this year's NatWest T20 Blast campaign with Surrey will be his last but he will go on playing around the world for various T20 franchises. Kevin Pietersen has sensationally admitted he could play for South Africa [media_photo id="883240" height="459" width="634" alt="The South ...

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    Jo Chamberlain is the van driver who was the driving force behind England's World Cup win at Lord's in 1993

    Jo Chamberlain was driving her van in Leicester on Wednesday morning remembering the day at Lord's she was the toast of the cricketing world and paved the way for today's women professionals by winning the World Cup for England.Chamberlain was 'man' of the match the last time England's women won the Cup on home soil 24 years ago and will be at the home of cricket on Sunday to see whether Heather Knight's finalists can emulate the achievement of her life.'It was all very different then,' said Chamberlain, England's star all-rounder in their 67-run final victory over New Zealand in ...

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    Former England opening batsman Michael Lumb retires from cricket after suffering ankle injury

    Former England batsman Michael Lumb has announced his retirement with immediate effect.The 37-year-old, who opened for England as they won the World Twenty20 in 2010, has an ankle injury.'I'm extremely disappointed I've had to retire from cricket, particularly in the middle of the season, but I have to respect medical opinion,' the Nottinghamshire batsman said. Michael Lumb (second right) has announced his retirement from cricket Lumb played in 27 T20 and three one-day internationals for England, scoring his one century in his 50-over debut against West Indies ...

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    England's Mark Wood passed fit for third Test with South Africa after left heel scans showed no serious injury

    England seamer Mark Wood is fit for selection for the third Investec Test after scans on his left heel confirmed no serious injury.Wood was troubled by soreness while bowling in England's 340-run defeat at Trent Bridge, which saw South Africa level the four-match series at 1-1.But it was confirmed by the England and Wales Cricket Board on Wednesday lunchtime that their fastest bowler will be available to play at The Oval next week if required. Mark Wood will be available for selection ...

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    England's capitulation against South Africa will give Australia confidence ahead of the upcoming Ashes series, claims Mitchell Johnson

    England's abject display against South Africa in the second Test shows they are a side struggling for consistency and Australia should be able to exploit their lack of cohesion in the upcoming Ashes series, former paceman Mitchell Johnson has said.South Africa thrashed England by 340 runs in Nottingham on Monday, levelling the four-match series and consigning Joe Root's men to a seventh loss in 10 Tests.With the first Ashes Test set to begin on November 23 in Brisbane, Johnson said England's preparations had suffered a setback with the defeat. [media_photo id="880434" height="344" width="634" alt="Mitchell Johnson believes Australia will take heart ...

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