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County Championship: ECB free five England players for duty with clubs

Essex’s Tom Westley has so far scored 193 runs in five Tests for England, of which his best score of 59 came on his debut against South Africa at The Oval Five England players have been released for duty with their clubs for this week’s County Championship fixtures. In the week they could be crowned champions, Division One leaders Essex will have Tom Westley available for the trip to Edgbaston to face Warwickshire. The Bears, who could be relegated this week, will have Chris Woakes back. But Essex are not…

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Headway praise ECB for head protection research after Luke Fletcher injury

Luke Fletcher: Notts seamer open to head protection development for bowlers A brain injury charity is “hugely encouraged” by the England and Wales Cricket Board’s effort to develop protective headgear for bowlers. Nottinghamshire pace bowler Luke Fletcher suffered a season-ending injury after being hit on the head by a ball during a T20 Blast match. Already the ECB are “looking into different types” of equipment at its performance centre in Loughborough. “We welcome how proactive the ECB have been,” a spokesperson for Headway said. “It is very encouraging to see…

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