Yardy honest about depression

THE Sussex captain Michael Yardy has disclosed he has been suffering from depression, a condition that led to his withdrawal from England’s World Cup campaign before the quarter-final against Sri Lanka in Colombo. There were two interesting aspects to the ECB announcement. Firstly Yardy was referred to as an all-rounder, a description patently wide of …

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England must drop jaded Finn

THE difference between the two Ashes sides was never as wide as the chasm suggested by Australia’s trouncing at Adelaide. In the Pom euphoria it was forgotten that England’s suspect batting had flopped in the opening Test at Brisbane in the crucial first innings. The batting failed again in the third Test at Perth, though …

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Lions can look back to Moores era

ENGLAND have announced a Lions party to tour the West Indies for two months as part of the first class championship after a gap of exactly 10 years, when Peter Moores was the coach. James Hildreth has been made captain of a group of players rich in promise, with the coach still to be confirmed. …

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England’s day of The Pylons

THE selection of the 6ft 7in Chris Tremlett for the tour of Australia is a sound move, and England could field the tallest seam-bowling attack yet to hit Down Under if James Anderson were to be injured in the Ashes series. Tremlett could be drafted in to join Stuart Broad, only an inch shorter, and …

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Pakistan alienation almost complete

THE alienation of Pakistan from world cricket continues — partly with blame and partly without — as the relationship with erstwhile friends, England, on and off the field dissolves into hostility. This week’s ECB press release said it all. Terrorist activity left Pakistan unavoidably without a home base, attracting sympathy and help, but now there is corruption suspicion …

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Defreitas has Ashes ‘vibes’ again

THE former England hero Phil DeFreitas has the same vibes about the Ashes that he had all those years ago when the coveted urn was last won in Australia. DeFreitas was only 20 when he was selected for his first England tour in 1986/87, joining a force that was written off as having no chance …

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Final farewell to loyal Vodafone

HE ECB chairman Giles Clarke paid tribute to Vodafone during the fourth Test against South Africa at The Wanderers, the final match of their 12-year sponsorship of the England team. The partnership began with England’s tour of West Indies in 1998 and encompassed a period of significant achievement, including two Ashes triumphs in 2005 and …

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Samit Patel forced to be ‘better’

ON TOUR WITH ENGLAND LIONS THE England Lions tour of New Zealand in March produced controversy over Samit Patel — more a lingering worry — and did not garner the results that would have been expected, but the environment and matches provided valuable experience for all, despite cruelly limited opportunities for individuals to impress. Unlike …

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David Graveney apology

ENGLAND’S chairman of selectors David Graveney has apologised to Darren Gough for the dismissive way in which the seam-bowler’s one-day career was ended last week. He was told of his omission from the 30-man World Cup squad by phone text, and the public announcement merely mentioned that Gough, Tim Bresnan and spinner Ian Blackwell were …

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ECB solution — set up panel

Angus Fraser, cricket correspondent of the Independent, is one of the seven-strong panel tasked by the ECB to review England performances during the period 2003-7. The ECB are expecting the group, under the chairmanship of former PGA Tour director Ken Schofield, to make recommendations by March for improvements for England to “regain the Ashes in …

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