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England v South Africa: Shabnim Ismail on the challenge of playing in only her second Test

Shabnim Ismail delivers every ball with a single bloody-mindedness. “My job is to take wickets for my team, and that’s all that matters,” she says. As such she charges to the crease like a Viking berserker. She gathers with wicked intent and unleashes thunderbolts. It’s worked for so far. She’s the most prolific wicket-taker for …

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T20 Blast: Birmingham Bears beat neighbours Worcestershire; Essex beat Surrey, plus round-up

Bears batter Adam Hose hit four sixes and 13 fours in his 110 off 53 balls in his side’s records T20 derby win over Worcestershire Adam Hose hit 110 not out off 53 balls as Birmingham Bears stormed to the top of North Group table by crushing neighbours Worcestershire for a Midlands derby T20 record …

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England v New Zealand: 'Jonny Bairstow revels in life on the England rollercoaster'

When new managing director Rob Key told England fans last month to “buckle up and get ready for the ride”, surely not even he could have expected this. First came Lord’s. A mere 277 to beat New Zealand on the final day? “Not a chance with this batting line-up,” most people said. Joe Root serenely …

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England v SA: Alice Davidson-Richards on her "emotional" call-up to England Test squad

Alice Davidson-Richards toured Australia with England A in 2021 before receiving her call-up to the Test squad against South Africa Alice Davidson-Richardson feared her England career was over at just 23 years old. The all-rounder from Kent made her debut against India in 2018 – a sole one-day international followed by five Twenty20s against Australia. …

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T20 Blast: Surrey suffer first defeat as Essex, Hampshire, Notts & Yorkshire all win

Sussex’s Pakistan international keeper Mohammad Rizwan hit 48, and then took three catches and a stumping Sussex pulled off one of the surprises of the domestic cricket season as they beat Surrey at Hove to condemn the runaway T20 Blast South Group leaders to a first defeat of the campaign. Surrey, who are also top …

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England v New Zealand: Jack Leach's luck turns at Headingley

If sometimes you are due some luck then Jack Leach must have spent the past couple of years wondering when his would arrive. Various reasons – serious illness, concussion, questionable selections and performance – have meant the England spinner’s Test career reads like the lyrics to the Hokey Cokey. Finally, with the most freakish dismissal …

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England v New Zealand: Daryl Mitchell & Tom Blundell hold up hosts again

Third LV Insurance Test, Headingley (day one of five) New Zealand 225-5: Mitchell 78*, Blundell 45* England: Yet to bat Scorecard England’s bowlers were once again held up by New Zealand’s Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blundell on day one of the third Test at Headingley. Mitchell, who already has two centuries in the series, ended …

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Jake Lintott: Birmingham Bears' ex-teacher turned T20 spinner on his 'unpickable' googlies

Jake Lintott has been dubbed the ‘Jamie Vardy of cricket’ by Bears T20 skipper Carlos Brathwaite The rise of spin in Twenty20 cricket could probably never have been predicted when the shortened format first began in England 20 years ago. But the legacy of the great Shane Warne and the success of England’s Adil Rashid …

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England v New Zealand: Headingley role 'a dream tinged with anxiety' – Aatif Nawaz

Comedian, writer, actor and TMS commentator Aatif Nawaz looks ahead to the third Test at Headingley, where he will present the BBC highlights show Today at the Test. Headingley is a special place to me. The first time I had the chance to appear on Test Match Special was at that ground. I could say …

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Yorkshire racism case: ECB investigation 'deeply disappointing' – Roger Hutton

Headingley – Yorkshire’s home ground – will host this week’s third Test between England and New Zealand Former Yorkshire chairman Roger Hutton has criticised the England and Wales Cricket Board’s “deeply disappointing” handling of the club’s racism scandal. Last week, the governing body opened disciplinary proceedings against the county and some individuals following its own …

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