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Moeen and Hales prepare for shoot-out

Alex Hales and Moeen Ali will each be given the chance to stake a claim to be Alastair Cook's opening partner for the Test series against Pakistan, according to England's head coach, Trevor Bayliss.

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Buttler will come back stronger - Jones

Geraint Jones, England's 2005 Ashes-winning wicketkeeper, has backed Jos Buttler for a swift return to form in the first Test against Pakistan following his much-needed break during the recent ODIs against Australia.

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Broad named Test Player of the Year

Stuart Broad takes the England honours at the PCA Awards, while Durham's Chris Rushworth hopes taking the top county prize will lead to an international call-up.

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Bairstow crowned Player of the Year

Yorkshire batsman Jonny Bairstow has been named County Championship Player of the Year by the Cricket Writers' Club.

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Simmons suspended as West Indies coach

Phil Simmons has been suspended with immediate effect as West Indies coach, two days after he expressed his unhappiness with the ODI squad selected for the Sri Lanka tour.

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Former England fast bowler Tyson dies

Frank Tyson, the former England fast bowler, and renowned as one of the quickest to have ever played the game, has died at the age of 85 in Australia.

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Lyth vows to come back stronger

Adam Lyth has spoken of his disappointment at missing out on England's upcoming tour of the UAE but has vowed to come back stronger next season.


Strauss was right to drop me - Pietersen

Kevin Pietersen has conceded for the first time that Andrew Strauss, his former England captain and now director of cricket at the ECB, was right to overlook his claims for a Test recall ahead of this summer's Ashes victory.

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Japan heroics show what cricket will miss

Japan's stunning victory over South Africa at the Rugby World Cup is a timely reminder of everything that cricket's introspective rulers are turning their backs on.

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Patel recalled as Ansari is ruled out

Samit Patel has won a surprise recall for England for the first time in nearly three years after Zafar Ansari was ruled unfit for the forthcoming series against Pakistan in the UAE because of a hand injury.

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Eoin Morgan and Mark Wood earn central contracts

England's determination to maintain their recent upturn in fortunes in one-day cricket has been reflected with the awarding of a full ECB central contract for Eoin Morgan, the limited-overs captain.

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Morgan's season ended early by concussion

Eoin Morgan has been ruled out of Middlesex's final County Championship fixture of the season against Worcestershire at New Road tomorrow after failing to recover sufficiently from the blow to the head he took while batting against Mitchell Starc in last week's fifth ODI against Australia.

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Ballance 'harshly treated' by England - Gale

Yorkshire's captain, Andrew Gale, has criticised England's decision to omit Adam Lyth and Gary Ballance from the Test squad for the UAE.

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Hales promises to stay true to himself

Alex Hales and James Taylor have both had to battle preconceptions about their game, but both are now in England's Test squad and desperate to prove they belong.

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Ansari dislocates thumb after England call

On the day he was called up to his first England Test squad Zafar Ansari suffered an open dislocation of his left thumb against Lancashire at Old Trafford and was sent to hospital.

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Hales' slump presents selection test

Put forward as a potential Test opener, Alex Hales has endured a miserable run before the squad is announced. But will the selectors look beyond his limited-overs form?

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Players shaken by Morgan head injury

Mitchell Starc was left shaken after his bouncer inflicted a fierce blow on Eoin Morgan's helmet, which forced the England captain to retire hurt at Old Trafford.

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Australia hammer England in series decider

Australia run out easy winners in fifth and final ODI at Old Trafford, clinching a 3-2 series win with an eight-wicket victory in Manchester.

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Morgan misses most of match with concussion

England captain missed most of the fifth ODI at Old Trafford after he was forced to retire hurt following a fierce blow on the helmet from Mitchell Starc.

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