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Stokes finds form with powerful 93

Canterbury 217 (Stokes 93, Duffy 5-39) beat Otago 83 (Astle 3-18) by 134 runsScorecard Ben Stokes drills the ball through the off side Getty Images Ben Stokes made his first significant impact during his stint with Canterbury as he struck a powerful 93 off 47 balls in the Super Smash against Otago. Stokes pummelled seven sixes and six fours before falling ...

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Stoneman gives England impetus after Cook fails again

Lunch England 2 for 91 (Stoneman 48*, Root 1*) v AustraliaLive scorecard and ball-by-ball details Alastair Cook’s 150th Test match began poorly when he was dismissed in the fifth over, but Mark Stoneman ensured that England progressed reasonably well during the opening session at the WACA. Having made the controversial decision to send Australia in at Adelaide Oval, Joe Root ...

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Root steps in over Anderson coaching comment

Joe Root has defended England’s coaching staff after what appeared to be some criticism from James Anderson. Anderson, writing in his Telegraph column, had admitted he “bowled too short” on the first day of the Adelaide Test after Root had won the toss and inserted Australia. But while Anderson accepted England “should have bowled fuller”, he also suggested the coaches ...

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Our winning Ashes tour was wilder – Finn

Steven Finn, the England fast bowler whose tour of Australia was cut short by a knee injury, believes that the off-field antics of the current England team are nothing compared to those of the victorious 2010-11 Ashes squad, and fears that the sport will risk a further alienation from its fan base if the controversies of the current tour discourage ...

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Indore to host second Ranji final in a row

Indore’s Holkar Stadium will host the Ranji Trophy final for the second year in a row after it saw Gujarat lift the trophy last season by beating Mumbai in the final. This time’s final will be played December 29 onwards into the new year. 1st semi-final: Bengal v Delhi in Pune 2nd semi-final: Karnataka v Vidarbha in Kolkata Final: December ...

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T10 League, a test case for cricket’s shortest format

In the summer of 2003, Hampshire Hawks and Sussex Sharks played a local derby in what was the first fixture in the new Twenty20 Cup. No-one knew quite what to expect from a competition designed to win back supporters to the county game in the UK. It was a hit and giggle in the middle, with some organised fun beyond ...

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Hales ready for return to action in T10 League

Alex Hales, the England opening batsman who was present at the arrest of Ben Stokes in Bristol in September, will mark his return to action this week when the inaugural Ten10 League gets underway in the UAE. Hales had been withdrawn from England selection by the ECB following the incident outside Mbargo nightclub on September 25, in which Stokes was ...

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