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Kane Williamson returns to lead New Zealand for Test series in England
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New Zealand Cricket (NZC) on Wednesday named a strong 20-member squad for the three-match series that starts at Lord's on June 2, with Williamson set to feature at the Test level for the first time since November last year. Williamson has made a complete recovery from the elbow injury that saw him miss the drawn Test series against Bangladesh and South Africa and is currently leading Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
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Ben Stokes hopes England career ups and downs help him in Test captaincy
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Stokes succeeds right-handed batter Joe Root, who resigned from the role in April this year, in becoming the 81st captain of the England men's Test team.
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Nice to hear there's a chance: Anderson on comeback to England Test fold
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With Ben Stokes appointed as new Test skipper on Thursday and Rob Key made the managing director of men's cricket, the chances of Anderson and his new-ball partner Stuart Broad having a crack with the red cherry is still present. Anderson and Broad, amongst the top-10 wicket-takers in Test cricket with 640 and 537 wickets respectively, were shock omissions from England's three-match away series in West Indies in March, which they lost 1-0.
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Another Pujara century helps Sussex take big lead against Durham
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The 34-year-old Pujara was unbeaten on 128 when bad light brought play to an end with 13 overs remaining on Friday, but by then Sussex were 362/5 and leading by 139 runs. The India batter took 198 balls and smashed 16 boundaries on way to his century. It's been a difficult start to the season for Sussex, whose inexperienced side was further weakened by injury and illness -- two of their opening three matches ended in defeat by 10 wickets and an innings.
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Stokes has the personality to lead but he will be hamstrung by the system: Pietersen
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Stokes was made England captain after Joe Root stepped down in the wake of the away Test series loss in the Caribbean, while England chief coach Chris Silverwood quit his post following the 0-4 Ashes debacle Down Under. The Test team's uninspiring showing in the last couple of years has been blamed as much on the players as on the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) top bosses.
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Maxwell again misses out on Australia Test berth for Sri Lanka series
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Andrew McDonald's first tour as permanent head coach has come with notable changes in across all three formats. Pacer Pat Cummins will captain a 16-member squad to play in the two-Test series in Galle, while Aaron Finch will continue to lead an extended white-ball group. After losing his place at the top of the order to Usman Khawaja during the Australian summer, Marcus Harris has missed out on a place in the Test squad altogether.
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I've always played cricket my way: Master of the square-cut Gundappa Vishwanath (Book Review)
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Having been dismissed for 242, India had the visitors on the back foot at 85/4 when Bob Taylor was adjudged caught behind off Kapil Dev but the Indian captain had his doubts, consulted his colleagues, walked up to the umpire and declared: "Sir, I am withdrawing my appeal". The decision was reversed.
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Anderson, Broad available for selection for 1st Test against New Zealand: Rob Key
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Despite their combined haul of 1177 Test wickets, the futures of both Anderson, 39, and Broad, 35, had been up in the air ever since England's 4-0 Ashes loss. They were not picked in the England squad for the West Indies tour, where Joe Root's side lost 1-0. However, Key -- speaking for the first time in his new role -- said that he had taken soundings from Root's newly appointed successor, Ben Stokes.
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Ben Stokes succeeds Joe Root to be appointed captain of England men's Test team
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Stokes' appointment as the captain was hugely expected, especially after Root, 31, stepped down from the role in the aftermath of England losing three-match away Test series to West Indies in March. His first assignment as the Test captain will be three-match home Test series against New Zealand, starting at Lord's from June 2.
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Mahela Jayawardene backs Ben Stokes to be a "brilliant" Test captain for England
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Since the time Root resigned as the captain of England's Test team, Stokes has been widely tipped to be his successor with a formal announcement expected in coming days. If Stokes takes over as Test captain, his first assignment will be the three-match home series against New Zealand in June followed by the postponed fifth Test against India at Edgbaston.
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