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    Surrey's 19-year-old spinner Amar Virdi impresses in win over Hampshire while Ben Coad takes 10-wicket haul as Yorkshire beat Notts at Headingley: COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP REVIEW

    Surrey's 19-year-old spinner Amar Virdi finished with four wickets as he helped seal a 139-run victory over Hampshire in Division One of the Specsavers County Championship.Sam Northeast provided stubborn resistance on the final day at the Kia Oval but his eventual dismissal for 129 in the evening session secured the hosts victory with 23.3 overs left.Hampshire started the day 116 for four, with the victory target a notional 472, and their brave rearguard came up short as Virdi took two wickets to end with figures of four for 79, while Jade Dernbach also claimed a couple of final-day scalps. Surrey's ...

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    Ed Smith 'delighted' as former England Test batsman is named national selector: 'To be at the forefront of this development was too good an opportunity to turn down'

    Ed Smith is the new national selector, the England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed on Friday.Smith, who played three Tests for England and in 350 county matches, will be part of a 'new approach to scouting, assessing and selecting players for the senior men's Test, T20 and one-day sides, ensuring greater connection right through the international pathway', a statement read.Smith said: 'I'm delighted to take on the role of national selector. I was very happy with what I was doing previously, but the chance to be at the forefront of this development in English cricket was too good an opportunity ...

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    ECB announces bizarre 100-ball format for flagship T20 tournament... meaning 15 six-ball overs and 10 in the final over!

    The new flagship 'T20' competition being introduced by the England cricket Board in 2020 is set to played over just 100 balls-a-side.This will amount to 15 traditional six-ball overs plus one 10 ball over, which will radically alter the format including the type of the tournament as it no longer amounts to 20 overs. The proposal was put to county chairman and chief executives at a meeting on Wednesday by the ECB's T20 management led by commercial director Sanjay Patel.  The ECB have concocted a radical proposal for their new flagship Twenty20 competition The new competition is set to comprise of ...

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    New Australia Test captain Tim Paine tells team to tone down sledging: 'What's said and how it's said will be very different going forward'

    Tim Paine says Australia will tone down their use of sledging under his leadership.Paine was appointed Australia Test captain in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal, which saw previous skipper Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner stripped of their positions and handed one-year bans.Cameron Bancroft, who attempted to alter the condition of the ball with sandpaper against South Africa in Cape Town, was also handed a nine-month ban and coach Darren Lehmann stepped down following the incident. New captain Tim Paine says that his Australia side will no longer use sledging as a team tacticWicketkeeper Paine has now promised to ...

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    Cricket's whole new ball game: Rupert Murdoch's talkSPORT wins radio rights from BBC's Test Match Special

    To judge by the reaction on social media, talksport’s success in outbidding the BBC for the radio rights to England’s tours of Sri Lanka and West Indies this winter is further proof that the country is indeed going to the dogs.And it will not be the end of the outrage. Sportsmail understands that talkSPORT, financially boosted by the takeover of parent company Wireless Group by Rupert Murdoch, are on the verge of securing coverage of England’s trip to South Africa in the winter of 2019-20.In other words, there is a real chance that Test Match Special — which last year ...

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    New England selector Ed Smith needs to bang some heads together if the Test side are to turn round their dismal form abroad

    If I were Ed Smith, England’s new national selector, the first thing I would do is knock on Andrew Strauss’s door and hand over my wishlist.He needs to tell Strauss, director of England cricket, that the next time they travel to Australia they need a tall, fast bowler. And the next time they travel to India, they need a spinner who can turn it both ways. Find me those players, he should say, and I’ll get on with the job of beating Pakistan and India at home this summer. Former England batsman Ed Smith is set to become the new England ...

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    TalkSPORT beat BBC to radio rights for upcoming England cricket tours of Sri Lanka and West Indies

    TalkSPORT has beaten the BBC to free-to-air radio broadcasting rights for England's upcoming tours to Sri Lanka and the West Indies.Their coverage will begin on October 10 for England's day/night one-day match against Sri Lanka in Dambulla, and the station will have a dedicated team at each ground to orchestrate their broadcasts.It is the first time since 2005 the BBC's Test Match Special has lost the rights to an England overseas tour. Radio coverage of Joe Root's England in Sri Lanka and West Indies will now be on talkSPORT'Winning these prestigious rights is a great victory for talkSPORT and its first-class ...

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    Former South Africa paceman Morne Morkel signs for Surrey on deal until end of 2019 county season

    Former South Africa paceman Morne Morkel has signed for Surrey as a Kolpak registered player until the end of the 2019 county season.The tall fast bowler ended a fine international career earlier this month as the Proteas sealed a first home series victory in Tests over Australia since readmission.Morkel was also part of the side that helped South Africa rise to No 1 in the International Cricket Council Test rankings in 2012, and he finished with 309 wickets in the format. Morne Morkel has signed for Surrey on a deal until the end of the 2019 county seasonThe 33-year-old has ...

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    Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler lose first IPL match with Rajasthan Royals as Sunrisers Hyderabad win by nine wickets without banned David Warner

    Sunrisers Hyderabad spoiled Rajasthan Royals' return to the Indian Premier League in a thumping nine-wicket home victory on Monday.Hyderabad didn't miss banned skipper David Warner as Shikhar Dhawan, dropped before scoring, and new captain Kane Williamson shared an unbeaten 121-run stand to a winning 127-1 in 15.5 overs.Dhawan blazed an unbeaten 77 off 57 balls, including 13 boundaries and a six, while Williamson was unbeaten on 36, hitting three fours and a six. Sunrisers Hyderabad spoiled Rajasthan Royals' return to the Indian Premier League on Monday Sunrisers captain Kane Williamson (L) shared unbeaten 121-run stand with Shikhar DhawanRajasthan's multi-million dollar ...

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    David Willey becomes 12th English star to join IPL after being called-up to replace injured Kedar Jadhav

    David Willey will become the 12th Englishman at this year’s Indian Premier League after being offered a £225,000 deal by Chennai Super Kings.Official paperwork from the IPL clearing the signing of the Yorkshire all-rounder as an injury replacement for India one-day player Kedar Jadhav came through on Monday.Earlier in the day, Willey pulled out of Yorkshire’s pre-season friendly at Leicestershire and his county employers will reluctantly allow him to follow team-mate Liam Plunkett - who signed for Delhi Daredevils over the weekend after South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada was sidelined - to the subcontinent. All-rounder David Willey has accepted a £225,000 ...

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    England cricketers remain in free fall as stars shake off miserable winter by going bungee jumping in Queenstown

    It may have been a miserable winter tour for England's cricket stars in Australia and New Zealand but some ensured they left on a high by going bungee jumping on Thursday.Stuart Broad, James Vince and Ben Foakes stopped off in Queenstown on New Zealand's South Island to take part in the adrenaline-fuelled activity before flying home.The trio made the most of some down time after their second Test match against the Black Caps was drawn by visiting the world's first commercial bungee bridge. James Vince was among the England players to go bungee jumping in New Zealand Ben Foakes also ...

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    David Warner accepts 12-month ban for role in Australia ball-tampering scandal as he vows to 'do everything I can to be a better person, teammate and role model'

    Australia's David Warner has joined former captain Steve Smith and batsman Cameron Bancroft in deciding not to contest the sanctions imposed on him by his cricket board for his role in last month's ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.Cricket Australia slapped Smith and Warner with 12-months bans, while Bancroft, who was caught using a piece of sandpaper on the ball in the third test in Cape Town, was suspended for nine months. David Warner has decided not to contest the 12-month ban handed to him by Cricket Australia following his part in the ball-tampering scandal Warner tweeted on Thursday to confirm ...

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    England coach Trevor Bayliss challenges next generation of Test batsman to step up: 'There are some young players on the cusp... this is a call-out to guys in county cricket'

    Trevor Bayliss has told the next generation of Test batsmen to stand up and score the runs that would earn them the opportunity to try to solve England’s perennial problems at the top of the order.The England coach admitted after their seventh Test of the winter became their seventh without a win that he was no nearer solving the batting problems that continue to undermine his team at the highest level.And while Bayliss said it is ‘more than likely’ Mark Stoneman and James Vince have just done enough to keep their places in the problem opening and No 3 spots ...

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    Steve Smith won't appeal his year-long ban after ball-tampering scandal: 'I won't challenge sanctions... they have been imposed by CA to send a strong message and I have accepted them'

    Former Australia captain Steve Smith will not be appealing his year-long ban from the game.Smith was banned along with vice-captain David Warner for their part in ball-tampering during the recent Test series in South Africa.Batsman Cameron Bancroft was banned for nine months following a Cricket Australia investigation which revealed he had used sandpaper to try to alter the condition of the ball during the third Test at Cape Town. Steve Smith has revealed on Twitter that he won't be appealing his one-year cricket ban Former Australia captain insists he has to take 'full responsibility' for his recent actions There had been ...

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    Eoin Morgan sees return to first-class cricket delayed due to a fractured thumb as Middlesex rule England skipper out for 'at least four weeks'

    Eoin Morgan's return to first-class cricket after a near three-year absence has been delayed due to a fractured thumb.England's limited-overs captain declared himself available for the first two months of the 2018 County Championship after being snubbed in January's Indian Premier League auction.The 31-year-old has not played a four-day match since making a pair against Somerset at Merchant Taylor's School in July 2015. Eoin Morgan has suffered a fracture in his thumb, delaying his first-class return with Middlesex But he now faces up to six weeks on the sidelines after incurring the break at a net session at the same ground ...

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