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newscricket17 days ago

 20 players get new deal in ECB’s revised men’s central contract model

The English Cricket Board (ECB) have scrapped their previous dual contract model, which awarded separate deals for Tests and white-ball cricket, and the renewed one features 20 annual central contracts for its men’s players. Jack Leach, Dawid Malan and Ollie Robinson were the first time entrants.
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newscricket2 months ago

ENG vs IND | Buttler, Leach return to England squad for fifth Test against India

England have included Jos Buttler and Jack Leach in their 16-member squad for the fifth and final Test against India at Old Trafford, Manchester, beginning Friday, September 10. The hosts currently trail 1-2 in the series, having gone down by 157 runs in the fourth Test at The Oval.
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newscricket2 months ago

ENG vs IND | Bring in ‘The Beast’ Livingstone, leave out ‘bits-and-pieces’ Curran at The Oval, suggests Warne

Shane Warne has called for England to call up Liam Livingstone for the fourth Test against India at The Oval. He further stated that Sam Curran could lose his place in the side for a more specialist option in Saqib Mahmood, Jack Leach or Mark Parkinson, depending on the conditions.
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featurecricket3 months ago

England’s red-ball crown will only stand as a dream unless and until the clock turns back

In the early half of the 2000s, England’s white-ball dreams were only dreams even when the team had some of the best players in the world. However, come the 2010s, and onwards, the entire situation took a different turn, with white-ball becoming the one true dream for the country.
Aakash Sivasubramaniam
featurecricket3 months ago

Why Ben Stokes' absence could fully wreck already-unstable England's team balance

As if England didn’t have enough problems to contend with, already, heading into the five-Test series against India, they will now have to make do without their best Test cricketer.
Anirudh Suresh
newscricket3 months ago

Was frustrating not to play in the New Zealand Tests despite dry surfaces, admits Jack Leach

English spinner Jack Leach, who was unfortunate to miss out on the two Tests against New Zealand, has admitted that it was frustrating for him not to be part of the playing XI. Alongside that, he also insisted that it was nice to play white-ball games for Somerset, testing his white-ball skills.
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newscricket4 months ago

ENG vs NZ | England need to learn how to play on good Test pitches, reckons Michael Vaughan

Former English skipper Michael Vaughan has thrown the light on England’s inability to play on good Test pitches and win games, especially when they tour Australia for ‘The Ashes’ at the end of this year. The former England skipper also batted for the inclusion of spinner Jack Leach against India.
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featurecricket5 months ago

County Watch | How English Test cricketers and major overseas signings fared in Round 7

As many as eight games were played in Round 7 of the ongoing County season, with as many as seven ending in draws, owing to the ever persistent rains. But that didn’t sway our attention from some engrossing cricket, with notable names putting up a show in an intense round of games.
Harshit Anand
featurecricket5 months ago

County Watch | How English Test cricketers and major overseas signings fared in Round 5

Much to no one’s surprise, rain marred Round 5 of the 2021 County Championship as 4 games ended in a draw, but there was, nevertheless, enough time for individuals to leave their mark in the competition. We look at how every major individual fared in a round that had many interesting sub-plots.
Anirudh Suresh
newscricket8 months ago

IND vs ENG | England stars need to ignore pundits and focus on Joe Root’s opinions, states Ben Stokes

Ben Stokes has stated that the English stars should start avoiding and ignoring the pundits and their opinions and instead should focus on Joe Root and the management’s opinion. Stokes also admitted that he lost five kilos during the last week of the Test series alongside several teammates.
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