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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Damn! Bangladesh in turmoil

The England A tour to Bangladesh looks to be in danger of cancellation while the country is gripped by the state of emergency declared by the interim government, reinforced by the deployment of reportedly 60,000 troops to curb street violence. England are due to arrive on Feb 14 for their month’s visit to Dhaka and …

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It’s Loye, and about time

ENGLAND have at last shown some common sense by calling up Mal Loye for the rest of the one-day series with New Zealand and Australia, England’s next opponents at Brisbane on Friday. The injuries to Kevin Pietersen and Michael Vaughan have left the England batting short of firepower. The Lancashire batsman, at 34, is possibly …

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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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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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