Atherton the motivator

Michael Atherton took Phil Tufnell aside for a quiet chat before yesterday's one-day international. It worked wonders, Tufnell's 4 for 22 was the perfect response to the dope-smoking allegations of two days ago, setting England up for victory.

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THIRD TEST FIRST DAY: New Zealand 229-5 v England

Cricket: Stewart invites England to be ruthless

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Cricket : Rain delays Test

Heavy overnight rain prevented any play before lunch in the second Test between England and New Zealand here this morning.

Cricket: Centurion Thorpe at the heart of the fray

Graham Thorpe is a quiet, undemonstrative man, but there was no denying the outpouring of emotion at Eden Park yesterday, as he scored his third Test century. Removing his helmet, he repeatedly aimed fresh air punches towards his team-mates, who applauded him to a man.

Cricket: Thorpe reaches his century

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Lloyd puts his foot in it again

The England coach, David Lloyd, will not have endeared himself to Zimbabweans yesterday when he spoke about his team preferring "the food, climate and people of New Zealand".

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Player in Knott tradition

Of all the cricketers playing today no one communicates a greater sense of fun and enjoyment than Jack Russell. His infectious enthusiasm makes for irresistible watching, whether he is keeping wicket or batting, and makes for inevitable comparisons with Alan Knott.

Keeper mixes value and a sense of fun

Of all the cricketers playing today no one communicates a greater sense of fun and enjoyment than Jack Russell. His infectious enthusiasm makes for irresistible watching, whether he is keeping wicket or batting, and makes for inevitable comparisons with Alan Knott.
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