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    Hardik Pandya and MS Dhoni star as India coast to victory over Australia in rain-affected ODI opener

    Hardik Pandya and Mahendra Singh Dhoni taught Australia a lesson about batting in India as the hosts sealed a 26-run victory in the first one-day international in Chennai.Pandya hit a career-best 83 from No 7, dominating a century stand with Dhoni before the latter's 79 ushered his side to 281 for seven with a trademark late flourish.A lengthy rain delay saw the chase revised to 164 in 21 overs, with the tourists struggling to an underpowered 137 for nine. Hardik Pandya hit a career-best 83 to guide India towards 281 for seven against Australia MS Dhoni hit 79 in match ...

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    South Africa batting all-rounder JP Duminy announces retirement from Test cricket as he opts to focus on shorter forms of the game

    South Africa's batting all-rounder JP Duminy has announced his retirement from Test cricket.Duminy played the last of his 46 Tests in the Investec series opener against England at Lord's this summer but a dismal showing meant he made way when Proteas captain Faf du Plessis returned to the ranks.He was released from the touring party and returned home following the second Test, and has now decided the focus for the remainder of his playing career will be on the limited-overs formats, both domestically and internationally. South Africa's batting-allrounder JP Duminy has announced his retirement from Test cricket The 33-year-old said: 'After ...

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    Shane Bond set to be confirmed as England's new fast-bowling coach after Ottis Gibson's exit to South Africa

    England are set to confirm that former New Zealand quick Shane Bond will act as a fast-bowling consultant for the first three Ashes Tests this winter.Bond, 42, was among the world’s fastest bowlers at his peak in the 2000s, only for injuries to limit him to 18 Tests. In that time he picked up 87 wickets at just 22 apiece, and is now highly regarded on the coaching circuit. Shane Bond is set to be confirmed as England's new fast-bowling consultant The departure of Ottis Gibson to become head coach of South Africa has created a vacancy in the England dressing-room, with ...

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    Sri Lankan all-rounder Thisara Perera inspires World XI to seven-wicket victory over Pakistan in T20 clash

    World XI ensured their three-match Independence Cup series went to a decider after securing a dramatic seven-wicket victory over Pakistan with one ball remaining in Lahore on Wednesday.Sri Lankan all-rounder Thisara Perera arrived at the crease with World XI needing 69 from the final six overs and he provided the fireworks to snatch victory with an explosive 47 from just 19 deliveries.In a devastating spell, which saw him smash five maximums, he hit a match-winning six off Rumman Raees. All-rounder Thisara Perera smashed 47 from just 19 deliveries for the World XISouth African opener Hashim Amla hit an unbeaten 72 to ...

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    There is only one way England can retain the urn and win the Ashes... there must be changes made before the players board plane for Australia

    Five wins in his first seven Tests in charge and two series victories represent an excellent start to Joe Root's captaincy but England will not win the Ashes with significant question marks still hanging over their top order.Another three-day victory over West Indies at Lord's on Saturday brought a tumultuous Test summer to the predicted outcome — eventually — but life is about to get considerably tougher for England and their fledgling leader.They have made decent progress this summer to the point where they will head to Australia with the spine of a world-class Test side in place and enough ...

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    Durham fear for future as star duo Keaton Jennings and Paul Coughlin eye the exit

    Twelve months after being rocked by a financial crisis and ECB-imposed relegation, Durham are facing another fraught end to a season as two of their leadership group consider moves elsewhere.Although club captain Paul Collingwood has agreed to extend his playing career into 2018, England batsman Keaton Jennings and Paul Coughlin, the two men identified in the club's succession planning to the 41-year-old, are weighing up their futures.Jennings was handed the leadership of Durham's Royal London Cup side while all-rounder Coughlin fronted this summer's NatWest Blast campaign. Durham fear for their future as star batsman Keaton Jennings considers his future at ...

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    Sheer perfection from Jimmy Anderson and England this summer... now those Aussies should watch out!

    For Jimmy Anderson to get his 500th wicket at Lord’s was the perfect way to round off an amazing summer. Not only that, he picked up a personal best seven for 42 and helped England win a Test match and a series. It really doesn’t get much better than that.To go to another level at the age of 35 is a special place to be as a sportsman, and that is exactly what Jimmy has done. For all those 26 year olds out there having a hard time with their careers, take a look at this bloke: he’ll fill you ...

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    James Anderson savours landmark at Lord's as he become first England bowler to reach 500 Test wickets

    James Anderson says the nine-wicket win over the West Indies will live with him 'for a long time' after becoming the first England bowler to reach 500 Test wickets.Anderson celebrated the landmark on Friday and went on to record new career-best figures of seven for 42 on Saturday to leave England a target of just 107 to win the third Test.Anderson was rampant as the tourists were bowled out for 177 by early afternoon on day three at Lord's and, despite Shai Hope's determined 62, England secured a 2-1 series win. James Anderson reached 500 Test wickets for England with ...

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    England captain Joe Root is confident of 'achieving something really special' as he gears up for Ashes Down Under

    Joe Root believes England can head into this winter's Ashes confident of achieving 'something really special' after finishing his maiden summer as Test captain with two series wins.Another swing bowling masterclass from Jimmy Anderson, who returned the best figures of his career a matter of hours after becoming the first Englishman to reach 500 Test wickets, set up the nine-wicket victory at Lord's — a result that went some way to flatten the bump in the road that was Headingley.The emphatic response in the decider against West Indies followed a 3-1 series scoreline versus South Africa, but attention now switches ...

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    It was obvious straight away Jimmy Anderson was special and after working at his craft he is now the most skilful bowler in the world and one of the true greats of the game

    Jimmy Anderson was like a breath of fresh air when he came into the England squad with a lot of us at a low point during another Ashes defeat 15 years ago.We had lost players left right and centre and, more importantly, I’d lost the plot as captain when Anderson was plucked virtually from nowhere to join a beaten side in Australia.Just to have someone so raw and so fresh coming into the set-up gave me a lift and provided a reminder to those of us who had perhaps gone a little stale and forgot what playing for your country ...

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    Division One title contenders Lancashire and Essex frustrated by rain... and the rest of the County Championship round-up

    The Specsavers County Championship Division One clash between second-placed Lancashire and leaders Essex looks set to be a draw after rain brought an early close to day three at Old Trafford.In a contest that had its first day wiped out by wet weather, the hosts moved from 222 for eight overnight to 290 all out, with Haseeb Hameed adding three runs to his 85 before becoming the fifth man ousted by Jamie Porter (five for 73).Essex, who began the match 36 points clear of Lancashire, then got to 115 for four in their reply, captain Varun Chopra top-scoring with 40. ...

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    England star Ben Stokes proves a real menace for England and were West Indies aided by the Lord's floodlights?

    England and West Indies shared out 14 wickets as the series decider at Lord's got off to an incredible start on Thursday.Ben Stokes was the star of the show, taking six wickets as England skittled their opponents out for 123 runs, but England's top order struggled once again with their top four batsmen falling for a combined 24.Sportsmail's DAVID LLOYD reflects on a wholly mixed day for England at Lord's...  Ben Stokes was a menace for England against the West Indies, taking six wickets   BEN IS THE MENACE What a showing from Ben Stokes — like Roy of the Rovers or ...

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    England hero Ben Stokes reminds me of Courtney Walsh... he showed why he should be playing in the T20 series

    When Joe Root gave Ben Stokes only five overs to bowl on the last day of the Headingley Test I was baffled and thought he must be carrying an injury. At Lord’s, he proved that is absolutely not the case.When conditions are made for swing everyone feels Jimmy Anderson, with his wrist and fingers behind the ball, has the perfect set-up to take advantage.The way Stokes releases the ball, by contrast, is not what you would recommend to youngsters seeking out-swing, because he leans to the off side. But he does create angles. Ben Stokes celebrates as he takes the ...

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    Rehan Ahmed, the 13-year-old bowler, is England's secret weapon

    It's way too soon to talk about England's next spin king, but a young leggie was turning heads in the Lord's nets on Wednesday. Rehan Ahmed, a 13-year-old on Nottinghamshire's books, was invited by MCC for the second year running to bowl at the teams. 'He is an exceptional, precocious talent,' said Steve Kirby, the head coach of MCC. 'And one we should nurture and not over-coach.  At 13, Rehan Ahmed is already starting to turn heads as a talented spin bowler Nottinghamshire are doing a great job with him. We just want to allow him to play and flourish.' Rehan last year dismissed ...

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    England replace Chris Woakes with Toby Roland-Jones for decisive third Test against West Indies at Lord's

    Toby Roland-Jones makes a return to the England Test side for the decisive clash with West Indies at Lord's.With the series locked at 1-1 going into the encounter at the Home of Cricket, the selectors have dropped Warwickshire all-rounder Chris Woakes.He is replaced by Roland-Jones, for the game at his county Middlesex's home ground, in the only alteration to the side which lost at Headingley last week.  Toby Roland-Jones will return to the England Test side to face West Indies at Lord's Roland-Jones made a huge impact on his Test debut in July, taking five for 57 against South Africa at ...

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