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An emotional Dawid Malan admitted he almost broke down in tears after reaching his maiden Test century towards the end of the first day of the Perth Test. Malan, playing his eighth Test, knew he needed to provide a substantial innings to sustain both his own career at this level and England’s hopes of retaining
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Bangladesh will host a tri-nation ODI series involving Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe, beginning on January 15. It will be the first tri-nation series hosted by Bangladesh since January 2010. Tests: 1st Test: January 31-February 4, Chittagong 2nd Test: February 8-12, Dhaka T20Is: 1st T20I: February 15, Dhaka 2nd T20I: February 18, Sylhet A Zimbabwe XI
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Sturdy Nottinghamshire seam bowler Luke Fletcher has been given the all-clear by his hospital consultant to resume full training next month – exactly six months after sustaining a serious head injury. Fletcher, one of the most crowd-pleasing figures on the county circuit, was hit by a return drive by Sam Hain in a televised T20
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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
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James Sutherland, the Cricket Australia chief executive, has denied allegations that the Perth Ashes Test could be subject to instances of spot-fixing, but said the governing body will co-operate with the ICC anti-corruption unit’s investigation while also maintaining sharp focus on the integrity of the looming Big Bash League. After being part of a teleconference
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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”,
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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
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Mitchell Johnson, scourge of England in the Ashes series four years ago, relished an opportunity to come face to face with England Lions as Perth Scorchers claimed a six-run defeat at the new Perth Stadium to avenge their defeat in the first of three T20 encounters. It might have lacked the drama of his 37
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Dennis Lillee won’t be attending the finale Ashes Test for the WACA Ground in protest at its decline as Australia’s fast-bowling fortress. Though his name adorns one of the stands and despite serving until 2015 as WACA president, Lillee staying away in disgust at the decision that will see most of Australia’s matches in Perth
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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,
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