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Livingstone named for New Zealand as Ballance pays price

Liam Livingstone has been drafted into England’s squad for the two-Test tour of New Zealand in March and April, after Gary Ballance paid the price for England’s 4-0 thrashing in the Ashes – despite not featuring at any stage of the series. Livingstone, 24, made his international debut in the T20 series against South Africa last summer – and though ...

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Joe Root winning fitness battle for England’s ODI series

England Test captain Joe Root is continuing his recovery from a gastro bug Root forced to retire ill as England battled in vain to save the fifth Test  He returned to training on Wednesday head of Sunday’s first ODI match  By Hardik Vyas, Reuters Published: 13:55 GMT, 10 January 2018 | Updated: 13:55 GMT, 10 January 2018 England Test captain ...

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Top-ranked Rabada ‘striving for perfection’

With just 24 Test caps to his name, Kagiso Rabada has already achieved “what I always wanted”, in becoming Test cricket’s top-ranked bowler, but he has promised there is much more to come. Rabada leapfrogged James Anderson to No.1 after the first Test between South Africa and India, in which he took five wickets and was part of a famous ...

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MCC calls for safety protocol to deal with extreme heat

Joe Root was hospitalised with a viral illness during the fifth Ashes Test  Severe dehydration caused by the hot weather in Sydney may have contributed The MCC World Cricket Committee discussed a more focused approach  Ricky Ponting said ignoring serious illness was a dangerous precedent to set  By Rory Dollard, Press Association Sport Published: 08:10 GMT, 10 January 2018 | ...

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Cricket chiefs urged to close player-wage gap

Cricket’s governing bodies must move quickly to close the wage gap in the international game or risk a mass exodus to domestic Twenty20 leagues, the MCC world cricket committee has declared. Following its annual meeting, held in Sydney on Tuesday and Wednesday, the committee used the contrasting examples of the Bangladesh allrounder Shakib Al Hasan and the England wicketkeeper Jonny ...

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England fearful coach Farbrace will accept county return

Paul Farbrace has two offers to leave his position as the England assistant coach Former club Kent as well as Worcestershire are hopeful of luring him away Farbrace also rejected the opportunity to coach Surrey last year The offers would also allow Farbrace to coach in the Indian Premier League By Paul Newman for the Daily Mail Published: 22:31 GMT, ...

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Root in IPL dilemma after declining T20 down-time

Joe Root’s decision to play in the Twenty20 Tri-series in Australia and New Zealand next month came against the advice of England’s coach, Trevor Bayliss, who initially suggested that he should recognise the perpetual demands upon him and rest for the duration of the tournament. Bayliss’ revelation that Root wanted to play in the tournament to re-establish himself as a ...

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Mark Stoneman and James Vince will travel to New Zealand

England will take Mark Stoneman and James Vince on their tour of New Zealand Neither batsman made a century in five Ashes Tests, delivering just two 50s each Despite struggling in Australia, the pair will be feature against the Kiwis in March By Paul Newman for the Daily Mail Published: 22:30 GMT, 9 January 2018 | Updated: 22:30 GMT, 9 January ...

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Benched quartet keep themselves in contention

On a quiet Tuesday, as the Cape Town suburbs poured into offices in town, four India players woke up nice and early, packed their bags, and made their way to the Newlands nets. This is rare for Indian teams to do: to go straight into the nets after a defeat. The players in the nets were those who didn’t play ...

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England coach Trevor Bayliss to step in 2019

Trevor Bayliss will quit as England coach at the end of the 2019 summer but wants to begin the planning for another away Ashes series in four years time he will not be part of. The aftermath of England’s crushing 4-0 Ashes defeat saw their Australian coach on Monday confirming he will not extend a contract that runs out after ...

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