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Cricket: England enjoy trip to new dimensions

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David Graveney, the England manager, yesterday denied that appointing Adam Hollioake captain against potentially volatile opponents such as Pakistan, West Indies and India is a gamble.

Cricket: Inzamam and Aamir pile on the pressure

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Cricket: England tour briefing degenerates into farce

The England and Wales Cricket Board yesterday defended their decision to hold a briefing for this winter's tour to the West Indies after reports that it had degenerated into farce. The talk was arranged by a company run by Jo Rice, Sir Tim Rice's brother, which specialises in briefing people for foreign travel. It was intended to help the England squad avoid the public relations problems which beset their trip to Zimbabwe last winter, but it backfired badly.

Cricket: Hollioake preaches merits of honest approach

Next week, England fly to Sharjah to play in a one-day tournament involving India, Pakistan and the West Indies. For the first time since 1993, they will be without their captain, Michael Atherton. Derek Pringle was at Old Trafford to listen to his replacement, Adam Hollioake, and the England coach, David Lloyd, reveal their plan of campaign.

Cricket: Atherton relishes West Indies test

In August Michael Atherton was contemplating stepping down as the England captain after four years in charge. Three months later he is anticipating the winter in the West Indies with enthusiasm, as David Llewellyn heard.

Cricket: Captain Atherton goes back to school

It is not every day that a one-to-one coaching session in an indoor net features 191 Test caps. But then it is not every day that Michael Atherton, troubled by minor defects in his game, consults his illustrious predecessor for a series of "tutorials" before he departs to do battle in the West Indies. Yesterday Derek Pringle was at Chelmsford to watch.

Cricket: The day when Atherton bowled over the French

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Cricket: Atherton leaves his cares behind

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Hollioake would have refused captaincy

Adam Hollioake, who was one of the leading candidates for the England cricket captaincy when it was thought that Michael Atherton might step down this summer, has revealed that he would not have taken the job had it been offered to him.

Cricket: England relief as Atherton stays captain

There were no puffs of white smoke at Lord's yesterday, after Michael Atherton, the England captain who has led his country more often than any other, decided to continue in charge.

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