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6:14 AM GMT ESPNcricinfo staff Bob Willis, legendary England fast bowler, dies aged 70The former England captain and fast bowler, who will be forever synonymous with England’s 1981 Ashes victory, died on December 4. Icon, survivor, grandee: Farewell Bob Willis, the man with the longest runAndrew Miller, ESPNcricinfo’s UK editor, writes a moving tribute in
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11:00 PM GMT Jeetan Patel has been appointed as England’s spin-bowling consultant for the tours of South Africa and Sri Lanka. Patel, who performed a similar role during the T20I leg of England’s tour of New Zealand, will join the England squad on December 24 ahead of the first Test in Centurion on Boxing Day.
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4:25 AM GMT Joe Root, England’s captain, has backed Jofra Archer to learn his lessons quickly after a chastening first taste of overseas Test cricket, and believes that England will travel to South Africa for next month’s four-Test series all the better prepared for the challenge after two hard-fought Tests in New Zealand. Archer endured
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7:26 AM GMT Jack Leach‘s tour of New Zealand has reached an unhappy ending after he was admitted to hospital suffering from gastroenteritis. Leach, who was left out of the side for the second Test after England decided to field an extra seamer, reported feeling unwell after the first session of play on the second
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9:45 PM GMT Valkerie Baynes Ollie Pope is keen to prove himself as a world-class wicketkeeper after he was parachuted into the role as for the second Test against New Zealand as cover for the injured Jos Buttler. Pope, who went into the match in Hamilton having kept in just five first-class matches previously, scarcely
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6:38 AM GMT Joe Root “has the backing of everybody” in the England dressing room, according to Ben Stokes. Root has endured a tough few days. After experiencing perhaps his worst Test as captain – England suffered an innings defeat and he recorded his lowest return in any Test as leader where he has batted
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