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IPL: England captain Joe Root ‘would love’ chance to join Indian T20 competition

Joe Root has won four of his six Tests as England captain England Test captain Joe Root says he “would love” the opportunity to play in the Indian Premier League. England’s 2018 schedule has most of April and May clear, meaning more players could be made available for the world’s richest T20 competition. “It would be a great opportunity,” said Root. “Ultimately I’m an England player and that comes first. “If things fall into place, who knows, but for now my main focus is doing the best I can when…

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William Porterfield: Ireland captain to leave Warwickshire at end of season

William Porterfield joined Warwickshire ahead of the 2011 season Ireland captain William Porterfield is to leave Warwickshire at the end of the season. The 32-year-old, who is the county’s vice-captain in limited-overs cricket, joined from Gloucestershire in 2011. He has since made 70 appearances in first-class matches, played in 39 List A games and appeared 53 times in T20. “William’s leadership experience and support has been a great asset for the club and we wish him the very best,” said Bears sport director Ashley Giles. Porterfield is his country’s top…

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Charlotte Edwards: Ex-England captain retires after Southern Vipers loss in Super League final

Charlotte Edwards made 20 not out off only eight balls at the end of Southern Vipers’ innings Ex-England captain Charlotte Edwards has retired from professional cricket. The 37-year-old made the announcement after her Southern Vipers side lost to Western Storm by seven wickets in the final of the Women’s Super League. “You won’t see me playing in this tournament again,” Edwards told BBC Radio 5 live sports extra. “Tonight is my last game. Some things have to come to an end. I’m really proud of the team but it’s time…

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Joe Root: ‘Bold’ England captain stamps authority on side – Graeme Swann

Pint-sized TMS: England take control Second Investec Test, Headingley, day four England 258 & 490-8 dec: Moeen 84, Root 72, Malan 61, Woakes 61* West Indies 427 & 5-0: Brathwaite 4*, Powell 1* West Indies trail by 316 runs Scorecard England captain Joe Root stamped his authority on his team by declaring before the close of day four of the second Test against West Indies, says former player Graeme Swann. Root declared with England on 490-8, setting West Indies an unlikely 322 to win and forcing the tourists to face…

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AB de Villiers steps down as South Africa’s ODI captain

AB de Villiers has played 222 ODIs since his debut in 2005 AB de Villiers has stepped down as South Africa’s one-day captain but is making himself available for international selection in all three formats. The 33-year-old, who was captain for six years, says it is “time for someone else to take the ODI side forward”. He missed South Africa’s Test series defeat in England because he “needed a bit of time away from the game”. But De Villiers says he now feels “refreshed and revived”. De Villiers, who has…

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Ian Bell: England batsman stands down as Warwickshire captain

Bell is the most capped international in Warwickshire history Ian Bell has stepped down as captain of Warwickshire in all formats of the game to focus on batting. The 35-year-old skippered the Bears to One-Day Cup victory in September 2016, but less than 12 months on the county are bottom of the Division One Championship table. Bell, who last played for England in November 2015, was was recently left out of the Bears’ T20 side. “This is the right time for me to stand down,” Bell said. “As a senior…

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Faf du Plessis: South Africa captain says England can win the Ashes

England breakthrough as Amla is lbw on review Fourth Investec Test, Old Trafford, day four England 362 & 243 (69.1 overs): Moeen 75*, Morkel 4-41 South Africa 226 & 202 (62.5 overs): Amla 83, Moeen 5-69 England win by 177 runs; win series 3-1 Scorecard England could win the Ashes series against Australia this winter, says South Africa captain Faf du Plessis. The hosts beat the Proteas by 177 runs at Old Trafford on Monday, sealing a 3-1 series win. England play Australia in the first of five Tests in…

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Moeen Ali should remain batting at number eight, says former captain Michael Vaughan

‘Well caught, Jonny!’ – Bairstow catches huge Moeen six Fourth Investec Test, Old Trafford, day three England 362 & 224-8 (66.2 overs): Moeen 67*, Root 49, Olivier 3-38 South Africa 226 (72.1 overs): Bavuma 46, Anderson 4-38 England lead by 360 runs Scorecard Moeen Ali should stay batting at number eight for England, according to former captain Michael Vaughan. With England struggling to fill gaps in their top order, Moeen hit an unbeaten 67 to push their lead over South Africa to 360 on day three of the fourth Test….

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Ben Brown: Sussex wicketkeeper replaces Luke Wright as captain

Ben Brown averages 63.00 in four County Championship Division Two innings this season Ben Brown has been appointed as Sussex captain after Luke Wright stepped down from the role on 1 June. New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor has been named as captain for the upcoming T20 Blast competition. Wright gave up the captaincy earlier this month, saying the role had affected him “on and off the pitch”. Wicketkeeper Brown, 28, had been vice-captain at the Division Two county, and skippered the side when Wright missed games through injury last season….

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