Inside the 20 hours of turmoil which led to cancelling England’s fifth Test with India

It was at 11:27am on Thursday 9 September that the first public sign the fifth and final Test was under threat came through. India were due for an optional training session in the afternoon. Given the short turnaround from Monday’s climax of the fourth Test, not many were expected to attend. But at 11:27am, the BCCI confirmed the session would not take place at all because the players and staff would have to stay in their hotel rooms at the […]

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Fans left ‘gutted’ and out of pocket after last-minute England v India cancellation

Disappointed cricket fans were juggling feelings of anger and acceptance after travelling to Manchester to find the decisive fifth Test between England and India had been cancelled at the last moment due to Covid-19 concerns. The hotly-anticipated series decider was due to start at 11am on Friday but just a few minutes before the Emirates Old Trafford gates opened at 9am, news broke that the tourists did not feel able to field a team and the game would not be […]

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Azeem Rafiq: ‘No question’ former player was victim of racial harassment, Yorkshire admit

Azeem Rafiq at Headingley in 2017 Yorkshire have accepted there was “no question” Azeem Rafiq was the victim of racial harassment and bullying during his first spell at the county. Last summer Rafiq made serious allegations about his time at the club, forcing Yorkshire to appoint lawyers to launch an investigation with an independent panel also put in place to oversee it. A summary of the panel’s findings and recommendations was finally published on Friday. A statement from county chair […]

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Afghanistan Test cancellation creates opportunity to celebrate women’s cricket

Since there’s no such position as left field in cricket, here’s an idea from, let’s say, backward point. It’s to do with the imminent cancellation of what would have been the inaugural Australian-Afghanistan Test in Hobart in November and what might take its place. It has been mooted that Australia might draft in Bangladesh, who they play too infrequently or newcomer Ireland, who they have not played at all yet. You can be certain that the federal government is on […]

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England’s fifth Test vs India will go ahead as tourists get Covid all-clear

England cricket chiefs can breathe a huge sigh of relief after a complete set of negative Covid test results from India’s players gave tomorrow's final match the green light. The game had been put in jeopardy following a fourth positive test by a member of their support staff. Just a week after head coach Ravi Shastri and two other coaches tested positive in London where they remain in isolation, a further staff member has gone down and is understood to […]

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Kah gets green light for awards night, Zahra looks at more time

Suspended champion jockey Jamie Kah will be allowed to be part of racing’s prestigious Scobie Breasley Awards night this weekend – allowing her to speak publicly after the infamous Mornington Airbnb party which led to her and four other jockeys receiving three-month bans for breaking COVID-19 restrictions. In reaching their decision, Racing Victoria determined that Kah’s actions – which breached the ‘Rules of Racing’ – occurred outside the period in which she was eligible for any Victorian racing awards. Furthermore, […]

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Bumrah's IPL bowling coach explains what makes India star so special

India fast bowler Jasprit ‘Boom’ Bumrah starred on fourth Test’s final day against England… now his IPL bowling coach explains what makes his unorthodox action so special – and so difficult to play against! Jasprit Bumrah led India to a brilliant victory on the final day of the fourth Test The fast bowler’s prolific spell after lunch led to England’s downfall on Monday Sportsmail spoke to his bowling coach at the Mumbai Indians about his action  Shane Bond insists Bumrah’s […]

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Root explains why Buttler will keep wicket over Bairstow for final India Test

England captain Joe Root has confirmed Jos Buttler will take over the reins as wicket-keeper for the side’s fifth and final Test match versus India. Buttler missed England’s thrilling 157-run defeat at the Kia Oval to be present with his wife, Louise, for the birth of their child and Jonny Bairstow wore the gloves in his place. However, Root named Buttler in his latest 16-man squad for the Emirates Old Trafford Test – which begins this coming Friday – and […]

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Ben Stokes: England allrounder unlikely to be included in T20 World Cup squad

Chris Silverwood will not rush for Ben Stokes to get back in England colours until the all-rounder is ready Ben Stokes is unlikely to be included in England cricket team ‘s squad for the T20 World Cup which will be named on Thursday. The allrounder, so key in the 50-over triumph in 2019, stepped away from cricket indefinitely in July to focus on his mental wellbeing. He has only played three ODIs this summer and following the confirmation of the […]

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Joe Root rues "missed opportunities" as England fall to agonising India defeat

Joe Root has admitted that England "missed opportunities" to win the fourth Test against India, after they slumped to a 157-run defeat on day five. The defeat means India are now 2-1 up in the series with just one Test remaining and Root has reflected on how England should have made a bigger first-innings lead and done better in the field. Speaking at the post-match presentation, Root said: "It is frustrating not to be able to get something from the […]

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