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Déjà Vu Kicks In As England Drop Hales

It was all going so well.

England were the team to beat.

The impending World Cup taking place in their own backyard.

The happy campers of Hi-de-Hi! had nothing on their dressing room spirit.

Then Jason Roy had back spasms, and fringe-squad member Sam Billings dislocated his shoulder. ‘Oh it’s England just before a World Cup’ we laughed.

And then it really was England just before a World Cup…

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Podcast: England Women’s Cricket in 2019

Telegraph Cricket Reporter and BBC Broadcaster Izzy Westbury shares her thoughts on the England Women’s teams tour of India and Sri Lanka, their summer series against the West Indies and Australia, as well as the state of the women’s domestic game.

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Is It a Joke If It’s a Good Idea?

The ICC attempted to join in with the new-age avalanche of corporate April Fools on Monday, but their #CricketNotAsYouKnowIt japes probably contained more good ideas than they’d originally intended.

Wrapped in a cloak of ‘Test cricket’, the ideas seem mad when we consider the lengths the sport goes to to keep the Test arena sacred.

Remove that cloak however, and the ICC may have unwittingly done their some market research.

Let’s ‘assess’ the jokes shall we:

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Predicting England’s World Cup Squad

Ranked number 1 in the world, and playing in their own back yard, England are understandably considered favourites for the upcoming World Cup.

Success is far from guaranteed however, and having fallen short during the 2017 Champions Trophy in England, getting the balance right in the 15-man squad could be vital to the chances of success for Eoin Morgan’s side.

Whilst a significant portion of the squad ‘picks itself’ at this point, there are still two, or perhaps three, positions open for discussion, and a number of possible solutions by which to fill them.

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Alex Davies, England Opener?

The retirement of Alastair Cook combined with the struggles of Keaton Jennings have left England with one almighty headache at the top of the order heading into the 2018/19 Winter Tour.

While Rory Burns appears to be the obvious choice to fill the void left by Cook’s departure – weight of runs alone putting the Surrey man head and shoulders above anyone else in County cricket right now – other names linked with the vacant number one spot include Middlesex’ Nick Gubbins, Nick Browne of Essex and perhaps even ‘good players of spin’ such as James Vince moving up the order.

Absent from the discussion, perhaps unfairly, is Lancashire’s Alex Davies.

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