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Return to form ‘just round the corner’ insists Joe Root

Joe Root believes he is “not far away” from recovering his best form with the bat. The England captain has slipped outside the top 10 of the ICC’s Test batting rankings – with 697 rankings points, it’s his lowest ranking for more than five years – and admits he “played …

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Cape Cobras not to be sanctioned for missing transformation target

Cape Cobras will not be sanctioned for missing Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) transformation target in a four-day first-class fixture last month. They will, however, be expected to make up the numbers in a future match. ESPNcricinfo has learned that a meeting between the Cobras and CSA, which took place shortly …

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Match Preview New Zealand vs England, 2nd Test 2019

Big picture If it wasn’t already clear that New Zealand are the closest challengers to India’s current dominance of Test cricket, then their comprehensive victory at Bay Oval last week came close to confirming it. While there are no Test Championship points at stake in this series, New Zealand do, …

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Samson replaces injured Dhawan for West Indies T20Is

A week after being left out of India’s T20I squad without playing a game against Bangladesh, Sanju Samson has been called in again as an injury replacement for regular opener Shikhar Dhawan for the three T20Is against West Indies starting on December 6. Dhawan injured his left leg, which the …

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‘I know how much Kohli, Dhoni respect me’ – MSK Prasad

MSK Prasad, in all likelihood India’s outgoing chief selector, has hinted that “constitutional changes” within the board might have diminished the travelling selector’s role in a few contentious selection calls in overseas Tests. Prasad was specifically asked if he was involved in the dropping of Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara …

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England urged to look after ‘golden’ Jofra Archer

England have to be careful with the workload and expectations of Jofra Archer, according to Ashley Giles. Archer bowled 42 overs in the first innings of the first Test; easily the most of England’s seamers and more than Stuart Broad has ever bowled in a single Test innings. But while …

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