Scotland wait for Irish

NEIL McCallum, an Edinburgh PE teacher, hit a well crafted century for Scotland in their ICC Intercontinental Cup match against United Arab Emirates at Sharjah, though the draw opened the door for Ireland, the inaugural 2005 champions, to qualify for the play-off final. This four-day format world championship among lesser nations has been one of …

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Good news for conch people

CONCH shells and collapsible coolers will be permitted at the World Cup in the West Indies, but banned are items not usually allowed on aircraft such as firearms, explosives, weapons and alcohol. John Collymore, the World Cup security director, said that flag poles were on the banned list, though the flags themselves would be permitted …

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Ashley Giles Bombshell

ASHLEY Giles has retained his credibility in the England set-up with the inclusion of his name among the provisional 30 players for the World Cup in the West Indies , announced on Saturday. The left-arm spinner, rusty and awful in the Ashes, cannot possibly be considered good enough to make the final 15 selections when …

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Odds on Another Whitewash

LADBROKES have made England odds on to lose all their four games against Australia in Commonwealth Bank Series after the opening eight-wicket defeat in Melbourne. Australia are now 4/7, and England are 5/4 against to win at least one game against the Aussies. They are 16/1 to win the event, in a three-horse race. Ladbrokes spokesman …

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Pietersen Out — For Good

THE loss of Kevin Pietersen for the rest of the tour with a broken rib seems to seal England’s fate, but the tanking they took in their Twenty20 international against Australia summed up their chances in the three-nation one-day series with their hosts and New Zealand. Last night’s heavy defeat by Australia at Melbourne in the …

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Ashes Post Mortem

Two initial points: England are not very good anyway. Duncan Fletcher is the best all-round coach, man-manager and selector the ECB have employed to date. But the buck has to stop somewhere, because support in expertise and resources from the ECB could hardly be faulted. If anything, there’s too much back-up. And the counties have …

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