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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Ireland gain early dominance

A WORLD Cup without Ireland has become almost unthinkable these days, and they have made a good start in the ICC World Cup qualifying tournament in South Africa with victories over Scotland and Oman. Their heroics in the last World Cup in the West Indies, when they reached the second stage after defeating Pakistan in …

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Chris Dehring: Party of a lifetime

CHRIS Dehring, the World Cup chief executive, has been attempting to sooth fears that some Caribbean venues will be unable to cope with the influx of spectators. Chris Dehring said on Tuesday that recent news of record-breaking tourist arrivals in Jamaica was a good example of what could be achieved ahead of the tournament. Reacting …

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World Cup — Scalping all round

THE World Cup organisers in Jamaica have announced that more than 200 tickets, including some for top matches, have been made null and void in a crackdown on the black market, especially sellers¬†allocated tickets during the application phase who tried to use auction websites. ¬† The MCC decided to target websites, most notably E-Bay, with …

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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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