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Jofra Archer ‘overwhelmed’ by maiden England call-up

Jofra Archer described his maiden England call-up as overwhelming after being given the chance to audition for a leading role at this summer’s home World Cup. The Barbados-born paceman was not named in Wednesday’s provisional 15-man squad for the tournament, with national selector Ed Smith and his panel preferring to stick with the tried and trusted names that have elevated England to top spot in the 50-over rankings. But both he and Chris Jordan – his compatriot, friend and Sussex team-mate – have been offered the opportunity to play their way into the reckoning ahead of the final deadline on May 23. Could we see @craig_arch do this in an England shirt!? 🔥 Full squad: https://t.co/OH7b6bUkTB#CWC19 pic.twitter.com/yeXJM5NMxW — England Cricket (@englandcricket) April 17, 2019 Th...

Profiled: The players in England’s preliminary World Cup squad

Jason Roy (Age 28, Caps 73): Increasingly tipped for Test honours and an Ashes call later this summer, the Surrey man has unfinished business with the white ball first. Roy’s uninhibited hitting sets the tone for the team’s foot-to-the-floor approach and his 180 in Melbourne remains a national record. Jonny Bairstow (29, 59): England‘s leading ODI run-scorer in 2018, and one of only three in world cricket to pass the 1,000 mark alongside Indian duo Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. A voracious worker who thrives when he feels there is a point to prove. Joe Root (28, 126): The country’s highest-ranked batsman, and surprisingly the only one in the top 20 for 50-over cricket, Root is the glue that often holds the innings together and the batsman most able to move fluidly b...

Jofra Archer absent from preliminary England World Cup squad

Jofra Archer has been left out of England‘s preliminary World Cup squad but will be given the chance to play his way into the tournament after being called up to face Ireland and Pakistan next month. The Barbados-born seamer, who completed his three-year residency period on March 17, was not included in the 15 named by national selector Ed Smith at Lord’s on Wednesday, but that is far from the end of the story. While the 24-year-old has failed to dislodge any of England’s existing attack in this first cut, tournament rules allow alterations to be made up until May 23, with both he and Sussex team-mate Chris Jordan offered a chance to impress. BREAKING: @englandcricket announce their #CWC19 squad! pic.twitter.com/kInGrqpgUx — Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) April 17, ...

England name provisional squad for World Cup

England are preparing to unveil their provisional World Cup squad at Lord’s on Wednesday and will finally declare their hand on wildcard pick Jofra Archer. National selector Ed Smith will name an initial group of 15 for the tournament on home soil, alongside an expanded squad of 17 for the preceding series against Pakistan, with the newly-qualified Archer set for his maiden call-up. The Barbados-born paceman – an eye-catching 90mph bowler and a star of the Twenty20 franchise circuit – was already guaranteed an audition versus Pakistan but the temptation to draft him immediately for both squads has also built a head of steam. Haye re Jofra, hoye re Jofra, fan ho gaya! 🎶@craig_arch took his second 3-fer against MI yesterday! 😉 pic.twitter.com/SBWm1E7oHo — Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) ...

Billy Vunipola escapes ban or fine for endorsing homophobic viewpoint

Billy Vunipola has been issued with a formal warning by the Rugby Football Union for a homophobic comment made on his Instagram account last week. Vunipola was summoned to talks by the RFU to discuss a post that read, ‘Man was made for woman to pro create that was the goal no?’. England’s number eight liked a social media post by Australia full-back and fellow devout Christian Israel Folau, who stated that “hell awaits” for “homosexuals”. NEWS | Billy Vunipola has been issued with a formal warning and has been reminded of his responsibilities as an England player. More: https://t.co/bg9S3XeM2i pic.twitter.com/weVURIcIYT — England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) April 16, 2019 An RFU statement read: “Following a meeting between the RFU and Billy Vunipola, the Saracens forward has been issued with a f...

‘Evangelical Alliance’ defends Vunipola’s endorsement of homophobic viewpoint

Billy Vunipola has received support from the Evangelical Alliance in the wake of the storm created by his defence of a homophobic Instagram post by Israel Folau. Vunipola has been summoned to talks with the Rugby Football Union to discuss a post on his own account that includes the line “Man was made for woman to pro create that was the goal no?”. England‘s number eight was acting in support of Australia full-back and fellow devout Christian Folau, who stated on social media that “hell awaits” for “homosexuals”. Billy Vunipola was booed during Saracens‘ clash with Bristol (Simon Galloway/PA) Peter Lynas, a spokesperson for the Evangelical Alliance – the oldest and largest evangelical unity movement in the UK – defends Vunipola’s positio...

Harry Kane facing surgery on injured ankle?

Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane may have to consider having surgery on his injured ankle, a leading surgeon has said. Kane suffered a “significant lateral ligament” injury in his left ankle during Spurs’ 1-0 Champions League win over Manchester City and, although the club have yet to put a timescale on his return, he is unlikely to play again this season. The Three Lions skipper is susceptible to ankle ligament damage as this is his fifth such injury since 2016 and the second to his left joint this year. Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane has suffered a significant lateral ankle ligament injury. The club have not put a timescale on his recovery but the word significant I suspect is the key one #THFC #COYS — Jonathan Veal (@jonathandveal83) April 11, 2019 Su...

Harry Kane ankle injury confirmed as “significant”

England captain Harry Kane has suffered a “significant lateral ligament injury” to his left ankle. Club and country have been sweating over the striker’s fitness ever since he was withdrawn in the second half of Tottenham’s Champions League win over Manchester City on Tuesday. And the news does not appear to be good for the 25-year-old, with his club painting a potentially bleak picture in a statement on Thursday night, with no timescale yet to be given. Kane is set for another lay-off (Frank Augstein/AP) “Following assessment over the past two days, we can confirm that Harry Kane has sustained a significant lateral ligament injury to his left ankle following a challenge in our Champions League quarter-final, first-leg win against Manchester City,” Totte...

Harry Kane’s injury history – Sports Mole

The England captain has suffered another ankle setback. Harry Kane has suffered a lateral ligament injury to his left ankle which could threaten to end the Tottenham striker’s season prematurely. The England captain has incurred several ankle problems, the latest of which he picked up in the Champions League quarter-final first leg against Manchester City on Tuesday. Here, Press Association Sport looks at the extent of those injuries and how Spurs coped without him. September – November 2016 Kane left the field on a stretcher after first injuring his ankle against Sunderland in 2016 (Mike Egerton/PA) Kane first sustained an ankle injury in a 1-0 Premier League win over Sunderland in September 2016 – where he scored the winner. He fell awkwardly in the final few minutes and scans reve...

Sam Curran in Wisden’s Cricketers of the Year

Sam Curran‘s meteoric rise has continued after the 20-year-old all-rounder was named among Wisden’s five Cricketers of the Year, the youngest Englishman to do so in a century. Curran, who does not turn 21 until June, joined England team-mate Jos Buttler, his Surrey skipper Rory Burns, the prolific Tammy Beaumont and India captain Virat Kohli in being honoured in the prestigious almanack’s 156th edition. Players can only receive Wisden’s nod of approval, awarded primarily for feats achieved during the preceding English domestic season, once in their career. Of all England-qualified players only Jack Crawford, in 1907, was crowned at a younger age than Curran, while schoolboy cricketers were honoured in 1918 and 1919 due to the First World War. Twelve months ago Curra...

Result: England edge past Spain in World Cup warm-up clash

A much-changed England side recorded a narrow friendly victory over Spain at Swindon’s Energy Check County Ground. Beth Mead finished off a smart team move to give Phil Neville’s Lionesses the half-time lead – with Ellen White thrashing home just seconds after the restart. Spain pulled one back through substitute Aitana Bonmati but England played out the remainder of the contest to seal a 2-1 victory. Swindon you were electric ⚡️All 13,856 of you! pic.twitter.com/XyDOFwKxmz — Lionesses (@Lionesses) April 9, 2019 Neville, true to his word ahead of the friendly double-header, made plenty of alterations from Friday’s 1-0 defeat to Canada as only Rachel Daly and Toni Duggan retained their places. Captain Steph Houghton missed out with a groin problem while Lucy Bronze was ano...

Callum Hudson-Odoi amazed by “exceptional” Eden Hazard

Callum Hudson-Odoi has revealed even Eden Hazard‘s team-mates were stunned by the Belgian’s wonder goal against West Ham. The 18-year-old admitted he watched on in awe as Hazard slalomed past five Hammers defenders before slotting home at Stamford Bridge on Monday. Hazard matched his best-ever single season tally of 19 goals in all competitions for Chelsea on Monday, notching twice in the Blues’ 2-0 Premier League victory. Massive 3pts today in a tough match, clean sheet and great team performance🔥👊🏾⚽️ well done to the king 👑 @hazardeden10 pic.twitter.com/lIEWc1HCwA — Callum Hudson-Odoi (@Calteck10) April 8, 2019 And Hudson-Odoi conceded Real Madrid target Hazard is so good that sometimes even his colleagues have to stand back and watch. “All I can say is that I wat...

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