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Wednesday 09 July 2008
England have made Test history by becoming the first side ever to name an unchanged line-up for the sixth successive match.
Thursday 19 June 2008
Thursday 05 June 2008
Not for the first time, the British film director Guy Ritchie looks set to get the traditionalists' blood boiling. According to yesterday's Hollywood trade press, he has been signed up to write and direct a new Sherlock Holmes movie.
New Zealand 381 & 114 England 202 & 294-4: Strauss calls tune with century but England win lacks rhythm
Tuesday 27 May 2008
In 2004, England successfully chased down record fourth innings scores against New Zealand at Lord's and Trent Bridge to win keenly fought Tests. The confidence the victories gave Michael Vaughan's vibrant side acted as a springboard for the Ashes triumph that came 15 months later.
Monday 26 May 2008
Leicestershire were 4 for 4 on the first morning of their Championship match with Essex at Chelmsford so the prospect of the hosts clinging on for a nerve-jangling draw come Saturday evening could aptly have been described as remote.
Friday 16 May 2008
Tuesday 06 May 2008
Later today, the annual United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development will convene in New York. Before the session even starts, there has been an international rumpus: the meeting is supposed to be a high-level ministerial affair but, with the Zimbabwean government in the chair, Britain refuses to send a minister of any rank.
Monday 05 May 2008
Daniel Vettori, the New Zealand captain, is in a race against time to be fit and ready for next week's first Test against England at Lord's. Vettori gashed the spinning finger of his left hand on Saturday while fielding in the Black Caps' warm-up game against Essex and the two stitches he had in the cut will prevent him from taking any further part in this match, or from playing in their final warm-up game against the England Lions starting on Thursday at Southampton.
Thursday 01 May 2008
Were he Yorkshire's captain, Michael Vaughan might have come up with several reasons not to bat first here yesterday, among them the prospect of exposing his lack of runs so far this season to the twin threat of Ryan Sidebottom and Stuart Broad.
Thursday 24 April 2008
The form of the England captain, Michael Vaughan, had to take a backseat to the performance from the relative rookie Andrew Gale
Saturday 19 April 2008
Ryan Sidebottom would have been excused for declining the invitation to play for Nottinghamshire on Wednesday when the county takes on Oxford University in a three-day friendly at The Parks. Sidebottom almost single-handedly carried England to victory during the team's recent three-Test tour of New Zealand, taking 24 wickets at an average of 17.08. It was tiring stuff for the fast bowler and he, more than any member of Michael Vaughan's squad, deserved a decent rest before what will be a physically demanding summer.
Saturday 19 April 2008
Michael Vaughan would have been desperate to improve on the ignominy of his first innings duck against Leeds/Bradford University when he went out to bat yesterday at Headingley. That the improvement was in the shape of just two runs would hardly have had the England captain skipping back to the Yorkshire dressing-room, what with the Test series against New Zealand looming and his form rusty.
Thursday 17 April 2008
Michael Vaughan, not exactly awash with England runs of late, got his Yorkshire season off to the worst possible start yesterday, falling for a duck against the might of Bradford/ Leeds University at Headingley. With the Test series against New Zealand starting in a month the captain needs some big scores to breed confidence but while his team-mates amassed 384 for 6, Vaughan lasted just six balls.
Thursday 20 March 2008
England are yet to play simultaneous cricket in New Zealand. In the first Test at Hamilton the batting and bowling were abject but the fielding was magnificent. Last week in Wellington the roles reversed; the fielding was dreadful, the batting and bowling were pretty good.
Saturday 15 March 2008
England made steady progress on the third morning, extending their first innings lead of 144 by a further 106 runs before lunch. Michael Vaughan, the England captain, was the only batsman to lose his wicket when, on 13, he edged a good ball from Kyle Mills through to Brendon McCullum, the Black Caps wicket-keeper.
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