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Proposed flyover near Basin Reserve turned down Open in new window
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Plans to build a flyover near the Basin Reserve ground in Wellington have been turned down by an independent board of inquiry after four months of hearings

Why Stuart Broad 'changed' his hotel room before Lord's Test Open in new window
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England cricketers' recent poor performance might reportedly be due to a presence of ghosts in their five-star hotel in London.

Take a look at how pressure is getting to England... Open in new window
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England captain Alastair Cook admits that should he fail to score runs in the remaining three Tests against India and results do not go his way, he may no longer be the right man to revive the fortunes of his struggling team.

Congratulate Team India on their Lord's win! Open in new window
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Team India beat England by 95 runs in the second Test at Lord's. It's the first overseas Test win for MS Dhoni and Co. since they beat West Indies at Sabina Park, Jamaica, in July 2011.

Haunted hotel spooks beaten Poms Open in new window
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THE England cricket team have fallen to one of their most humbling defeats and one of their weirdest excuses yet has come out: A haunted hotel.

Michael Vaughan: Bold changes needed to secure England future Open in new window
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As the fall-out from yet another test defeat begins, English cricket's first priority must be to look after its own. Like everyone else, I am talking about Alastair Cook. But I am talking about the person rather than the cricketer.Cook...

Englands dismal Test run in numbers Open in new window
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Individual statistics explain the teams terrible decline in form since last summers Ashes series victory45.34 Alastair Cooks Test average Continue reading...

Pressure on Cook as hapless England bounced out Open in new window
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ALASTAIR Cook is experiencing the toughest moments of his professional career, by his own admission, but remains determined to lead England out of their long losing run.

The Joy of Six: sports ghost stories Open in new window
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Cricketers, baseball players and dogs named after big-serving tennis stars of the 1970s appear particularly prone to paranormal apparitionsWhen it comes to ghosts and sports we normally think along the lines of the apparitions of seasons past. It might be teams or players struggling to overcome hoodoos and curses; the currse of the Bambino; the Chicago Cubs' curse of the billy goat; Hawthorns Kennett curse; the Madden cover curse; or the Socceroos' witch doctor curse. Put simply, sports fans are a superstitious lot, but thats not what were talking about here. Were talking about actual ghosts, if such things exist. Continue reading...

Prior quits India series, may be finished Open in new window
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ENGLAND wicketkeeper Matt Prior will not play any more Tests this season and may have ended his international career after a poor loss to India.

Alastair Cook is at the end of the line after England's latest farcical showing Open in new window
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Geoffrey Boycott: England made the wrong choice in Cook and now need top man to be brave enough to force change

Three Tests to save Cook's captaincy Open in new window
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Alastair Cook admitted his position as captain will become untenable if he cannot arrest his slump in batting form within the next three Tests.

Matt Prior taking break from England duty because of fitness issues Open in new window
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Wicketkeeper hopes to play for England again Prior will miss remainder of series against IndiaMatt Prior has announced that he is taking a break from cricket because of fitness problems. The wicketkeeper has ruled himself out of the remainder of the series against India and, although he said would love to play for England again, he knows the decision could signal the end of his international career.The 32-year-old revealed that he had a series of complaints which are hampering his performances and he expects to have an operation to sort out his achilles during the break. Continue reading...

Poms blame loss on haunted hotel Open in new window
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THE England cricket team have fallen to one of their most humbling defeats and one of their weirdest excuses yet has come out: A haunted hotel.

Yorkshire aim for top after Andrew Gale dominates Middlesex with ton Open in new window
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Yorkshire 253 & 400-5; Middlesex 232 Captains 126 helps give hosts a 421-run leadThis is Andrew Gales fifth year captaining Yorkshire. The county finished third in the championship in 2010 and as runners-up last season, and in between whiles were relegated and promoted, but it is approaching 13 years since they lifted a trophy they covet far more than any other in the domestic game.They went into this match third in the table, 16 points behind the leaders, Nottinghamshire, but with a game in hand. This is that game and Gale, in hitting his second century of what has otherwise been a personally unproductive season, has led them into a position from which they will hope, perhaps expect, to force the win that will take them to the top of the table. Continue reading...

Prior steps aside for the summer Open in new window
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Matt Prior has decided to stand down from Test cricket for the rest of the summer due to injury. Prior has been suffering from an Achilles problem and will have an operation to rectify the issue

UPDATE 1-Cricket-England's Prior to take break from game Open in new window
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LONDON, July 21 (Reuters) - England wicketkeeper Matt Prior is taking a break from the game for the rest of the domestic season following the 95-run defeat by India in the second test at Lord's on Monday, he told the England and Wales Cricket Board website.

Hapless England victims of failing system Open in new window
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Previous England inadequacies were masked by a handful of excellent players but now the national side are showing the results of an environment too cosy for those whose faces fit and one that ostracises the rest

Matt Prior steps down from England duty for rest of summer due to fitness problems Open in new window
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Wicketkeeper makes himself unavailable for rest of the India series but his decision could signal the end of his England career

Indias captain reveals battle with Ishant Sharma in special victory Open in new window
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MS Dhoni had to trick Sharma to bowl short at England I set the field that forced him to bowl the way I wanted him toA Test win at Lords was one of the few cricket highs that MS Dhoni had never experienced and he celebrated with an entertaining press conference in which he especially enjoyed himself at the expense of Ishant Sharma in particular and fast bowlers in general.This was a hugely significant result for India, their first away Test win for 17 matches stretching back to early 2011, only their sixth in England and their second at Lords. For the 33-year-old captain, who has led them to world Twenty20 and 50-over titles in addition to the top of the world Test rankings and last summers Champions Trophy, it also made amends for the nightmare 2011 tour, when defeat at Lords was the first step towards a 4-0 whitewash. Continue reading...

Jason Roy evokes memories of Kevin Pietersen at his finest to keep Surry in contention Open in new window
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Surrey (303-6) trail Kent (408) by 105 runs Roy's half-century keeps Surrey in with a shout

Englands Joe Root sees light but Ishant Sharma rules in dark farce | Vic Marks Open in new window
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Englands No5 shows the way but middle order was seduced and reduced by the bouncers of Indias inspired paceman Alastair Cook vows to stay as England captain India win at Lords to lead seriesUntil the last ball before lunch there was a grand and gritty game of cricket going on out there. After the interval it became a dark farce as Englands batsmen and, in theory, they have a lot of batsmen in their side were mesmerised by Ishant Sharma and his short ball.Previously parallels between Sharma and Cleopatra have been hard to establish (except perhaps when considering their hairstyles). Yet the Egyptian queen, who transfixed Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, could scarcely have been any more potent than Sharma in encouraging indiscretions. Continue reading...



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