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Alastair Cook: England opener not included in Essex squad for Hampshire game

Alastair Cook (second from right) was Edgbaston last week to watch Essex beat Warwickshire Former England captain Alastair Cook will not play for new county champions Essex in this week’s game against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl. The England and Wales Cricket Board made Cook, 32, available for the final two matches of the season. Essex have named an unchanged 13-man squad for the away game against Hampshire, which begins on Tuesday. Head coach Chris Silverwood has set the team the new goal of going through the entire Championship campaign…

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England coach Trevor Bayliss does not expect new faces in Ashes squad

Pint-sized TMS: England win series as Blofeld says goodbye England are likely to fill their Ashes squad with players that have been used in the past 18 months, according to coach Trevor Bayliss. Joe Root’s side still have concerns over their batting despite Test series wins against South Africa and West Indies this summer. Their defence of the Ashes in Australia begins in November. “I can’t see us going outside of the people that have played in the last 12 to 18 months,” said Bayliss. “There are two or three…

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England v West Indies: Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels included in ODI squad

Marlon Samuels (l) and Chris Gayle (r) are included in the squad in a CWI strategy designed to ‘improve player relations’ Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels have been named in the West Indies squad for the one-day series against England. Their inclusion comes after a ‘temporary amnesty’ between their union and the team’s cricket board. The West Indies’ policy usually means players are only selected for international duty if they feature in the same format in domestic cricket. The first of five one-day internationals takes place at Old Trafford on…

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England v West Indies: Chris Gayle among big names left out of Test squad

Jason Holder led West Indies in their recent Test series defeat by Pakistan West Indies are without a host of big names for their upcoming Test series in England. The likes of Chris Gayle, Darren Bravo, Darren Sammy and Marlon Samuels have all been left out of their 15-man squad. Jason Holder will captain the side, with uncapped players Kyle Hope and Raymon Reifer both selected. The three-match series starts with the first day-night Test in England on 17 August at Edgbaston. There have been a number of disputes in…

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UCI BMX World Championships: Injured Liam Phillips named in GB squad

Phillips withdrew from the Olympics at the quarter-final stage after a heavy fall Liam Phillips has been included in the Great Britain squad for the UCI BMX World Championships in South Carolina. The 28-year-old, world champion in 2013 and twice a world cup series winner, is named pending a recovery from hand and wrist injuries sustained in February. Senior academy rider Paddy Sharrock is set to make his elite level debut. In the junior women’s event, Beth Shriever heads to Rock Hill with five wins in the junior women’s class…

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