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Australia v England: first one-day international – live!

39th over: Australia 212-5 (Stonis 11, Paine 2) Woakes on for his third crack today. Has four overs to squeeze out after struggling earlier on. Well, doesn’t concede a boundary in this set, so that’s an improvement. Five from it in the smaller denominations. 38th over: Australia 207-5 (Stonis 7, Paine 1) Paine the new man, playing his first ODI in nearly seven years. What a great story his summer has been. Off the mark through the covers, then Stonis finds one to midwicket in order to keep the strike.…

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Joe Root sends defiant message to England flops: Captain issues double warning

But just days after sickness cruelly knocked him out of the last Test in Sydney, England’s skipper delivered a defiant message to his tormentors. Root told them: “Enjoy it for two years because we’ll be ready for you when you come to England.” And he vowed to be “in a completely different place talking about a completely different story” when England return Down Under for another Ashes battle in four years time. Root, still not looking 100 per cent chipper, relived the nightmare that saw him rushed to hospital and…

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Ben Stokes will NOT travel with England to Australia on October 28 ahead of Ashes

Stokes and Alex Hales, who was with the Durham all-rounder last Sunday night, have been suspended indefinitely on full pay while the police investigate the incident. Steven Finn will replace Stokes in the squad initially although “no final decision has been taken on his involvement in Australia”. “England Selectors have added Steven Finn to the squad for the Ashes Tests, in light of the on-going investigation by Avon & Somerset Police, the Cricket Discipline Commission process and all other considerations,” an ECB statement said. “Finn will travel to Australia with…

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Ben Stokes and Alex Hales set for new England contracts despite ban

Stokes and Hales were last week handed an indefinite ban after the former was arrested on a night out in Bristol. The ECB have refused to take action against either player until the police investigation into the incident is complete. Authorities in Bristol have warned that process could take several weeks, meaning Stokes’ indefinite England ban could stretch beyond the day the Ashes squad fly to Australia – October 28. But both players, who are currently suspended on full pay, are expected to be handed new deals tomorrow in line…

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England secure series win over the West Indies with a six run victory in fourth ODI

The pair, who were brought together at 181-5 with England trailing the Duckworth-Lewis par by some way, timed a lunge for the line expertly before rain brought an end to proceedings with England on 258-5 in the 36th over. Their 77 partnership for the sixth wicket, forged in exactly eight overs, was enough to secure victory by six runs (D/L). West Indies will have noted grimly they were forced to leave the field with Bajan export Rhianna’s ‘Umbrella’ booming in their ears. Not the most tactful accompaniment. For all England’s…

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Ben Stokes arrest: What happened? Why is he not playing v West Indies? Alex Hales latest

Ben Stokes arrested: What do we know so far? Ben Stokes, the England Test vice-captain, has been arrested by police after an incident in the early hours of Monday morning. The all-rounder had just helped England go 2-0 up with two ODIs to play when trouble struck in Bristol. It’s alleged Stokes was involved in a disorder in Queens Road, Clifton, at around 2.35am on Monday morning. The police arrested Stokes after a 27-year-old man was found to have suffered facial injuries and was taken to the Bristol Royal Infirmary…

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England v West Indies: Moeen Ali reaches brilliant century

When Gayle was passed fit for this third ODI after recovering from a hamstring strain, the sell-out Bristol crowd were anticipating batting fireworks from the West Indies’ self-styled ‘Universe Boss’. On that note, they were not disappointed as Gayle smashed 15 boundaries before he was run out on 94. But even Gayle at his big-hitting best could not upstage a truly phenomenal innings from Moeen that left West Indies chasing shadows at the end of England’s innings and then a mammoth target of 370 for a victory that always appeared…

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England v West Indies: third one-day international – live!

1.00pm BST13:00 28th over: England 173-3 (Root 67, Stokes 54) First bit of width from Powell is punished by Root, who arches back and cuts behind point for four. Share this post Google plus close 12.57pm BST12:57 27th over: England 167-3 (Root 62, Stokes 53) The first ball spins – mark it down: fiffth ball of the 27th over – but Root covers up well to push it into the off side for a single. That’s only one of four runs taken in the over. Had West Indies fielded a…

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England vs West Indies: Eoin Morgan dodges Ben Stokes-Marlon Samuels beef

But the England captain made it quite clear he does not expect the all-rounder to follow his lead if things get heated during the five match one-day series, calling for his man to “get in the contest”. There is no love lost between Stokes and Samuels, who have had a number of battles on the cricket pitch down the years. It is a duel which has delivered some good memories, notably Samuels’ military salute send-off in a Test match in Grenada in 2015. But it has also brought moments of…

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England v West Indies: T20 international – live!

10.25pm BST22:25 WEST INDIES WIN BY 21 RUNS! 20th over: England 155 all out (Curran 1) A valiant effort from Liam Plunkett ends with Carlos Brathwaite taking out his leg stump. Three for 20 for Brathwaite, who has captained exceptionally well, combined with three for 35 from Keswick Williams and excellent catch sees them win this one-off T20i, in difficult conditions. This whole squad dropped in for this match and many were wondering if they’d show up given the cold and the wet. They’ve absolutely bossed matters and shown why…

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