PREVIEW: Sri Lanka v England First Test

Tweet As the white-ball series finishes, England turn their attention to the First Test in Galle, with many questions to answer. After six years and 15 different opening partners, England now have a new dilemma with their opening pair following Alastair Cook’s retirement in September. Despite his woeful form against India, Keaton Jennings was chosen by the selectors to at least give England some experience at the top of the order. He will most likely be joined by Surrey-captain Rory Burns when he was finally given the chance, after scoring…

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Cricket’s crossroads: White-ball only contracts

Although big name players are choosing T20 over the County Championship, it can still attract good crowds

Tweet Cricket is at a critical point in its history. Declining County Championship attendances and rising Twenty20 attendances have led to lucrative T20 deals being available to play in tournaments like the IPL and Big Bash. As a result, two of England’s stars Adil Rashid and Alex Hales have signed white-ball only contracts with their counties and will not play in the County Championship. Former England spinner Shaun Udal believes the decision is “disappointing” saying that “they are basically saying that they don’t want to play Test cricket which is…

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REPORT: The Ashes, Fourth Test

Tweet Matt Cooper reports from the Melbourne Cricket Ground. DAY FIVE  Yet another hundred for Australia’s captain Steve Smith ended England’s hopes of a consolation win in the fourth Ashes Test. Smith resumed the day alongside vice-captain David Warner, knowing Australia needed to bat all day to save the Test after some helpful assistance from the weather the previous day meant England had lost nearly two full sessions with which to bowl Australia out in. With the news that Cricket Australia had made the decision to charge $30 for final…

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