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England win over Australia in ODI their best to date, says captain Eoin Morgan

England recorded their seventh successive ODI victory England captain Eoin Morgan described his team’s victory over Australia to secure the one-day series as “probably our best win as a group to date”. Jos Buttler struck four sixes in an unbeaten 100 from 83 balls as England beat Australia by 16 runs in Sydney. England added 76 from the final six overs to compile 302-6 and then restricted Australia to 286-6 to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series. “I’m extremely proud of the way we performed,” Morgan added. England’s…

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Alex Hales: England batsman says losing place in ODI team ‘hurt massively’

Hales has played 55 one-day internationals for England England batsman Alex Hales says it “hurt massively” to lose his place over an off-field incident last year, but says he has learned his lesson. Hales, 29, was not considered for selection after he was interviewed under caution by police following a fight outside a nightclub in September. After missing two one-day matches, he was told he would not face criminal charges, and cleared to play again. “It has been a long few months but it is great to be back out…

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Australia v England: Tourists hold nerve to take 2-0 series lead

England opener Jonny Bairstow top scored with 60 to put his side on top from the start of their chase Second ODI, Brisbane Australia 270-9 (50.0 overs): Finch 106, Root 2-31 England 274-6 (44.2 overs): Bairstow 60, Hales 57, Root 46*, Starc 4-59 England won by four wickets Scorecard England held their nerve to take a 2-0 lead in the one-day international series with a four-wicket victory over Australia in Brisbane. Set 271 to win after Aaron Finch hit 106, the tourists eased to 119-1 only to be checked by…

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Tim Groenewald: Somerset seamer extends deal until end of 2019

Tim Groenewald has taken 362 first-class wickets Somerset seamer Tim Groenewald has extended his contract until the end of the 2019 season. The 34-year-old South African has taken more than 150 wickets across all three formats for the Taunton side since joining from Derbyshire in June 2014. “I’m really happy to be staying. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at Somerset and I wouldn’t want to play for anyone else,” he told the club website. “It’s an ambitious club and no one is happy to settle for second best.” Source link

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Mohammad Abbas and Sohail Khan: Leicestershire sign Pakistan duo

Mohammad Abbas has taken 304 first-class wickets at 21.05, with a further 65 wickets in white-ball cricket Leicestershire have signed Pakistan seam bowlers Mohammad Abbas and Sohail Khan to share the club’s main overseas role for the 2018 season. Abbas, 27, will play for the majority of the season, with 33-year-old Sohail filling in from late April to mid-June when the former could be part of Pakistan’s tour to England. Abbas has 23 wickets in five Test matches at at an average of 21.34 He was the top domestic wicket-taker…

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Ireland beat Scotland to clinch tri-series after 24-run victory in Dubai

Paul Stirling top-scored with 74 for Ireland as they piled on the runs in Dubai One-day international tri-series, Dubai Ireland 331-6 (50 overs): Stirling 74, N O’Brien 51; Whittingham 3-58 Scotland 307-9 (50 overs): Jones 74, Leask 59, MacLeod 58; Dockrell 2-43 Ireland won by 24 runs Scorecard Ireland clinched victory in the triangular one-day series in Dubai after beating Scotland by 24 runs in a high-scoring contest on Thursday. Paul Stirling top-scored with 74 for the Irish as Niall O’Brien hit 51. Andrew Balbirnie (47), Kevin O’Brien (46), Simi…

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Paul Downton: Kent name ex-England wicketkeeper as director of cricket

Paul Downton played 30 Tests for England between 1981 and 1988 and spent 19 years on the board at Middlesex following his retirement Kent have appointed former England wicketkeeper Paul Downton as their new director of cricket. The 60-year-old was managing director of the England and Wales Cricket Board from February 2014 to April 2015. Downton played for Kent between 1977 and 1980, winning the County Championship twice before joining Middlesex, and also appeared in 30 Tests and 28 one-day internationals. “This role allows me to draw on my skills…

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Ben Stokes: England all-rounder ‘raring to go’ – Trevor Bayliss

Stokes is raring to go – Bayliss England all-rounder Ben Stokes is “raring to go” after being made available for selection again, says head coach Trevor Bayliss. The 26-year-old has been charged with affray after an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September. The hearing is scheduled for Bristol Magistrates Court on 13 February. The England and Wales Cricket Board said on Wednesday that he is likely to join the squad for February’s Twenty20 matches against New Zealand. However, that court date coincides with the first of those games against…

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