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County news

Immigration laws are affecting cricket's ability to build bridges

Nov 10, 2016: The value of cultural exchange through sport is huge, but we live in difficult, inflexible times

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We need a bust of Brezzie

Oct 20, 2016: Almost a month has passed since his 142 in the Championship final against Middlesex, but there was enough in that contribution to sustain a Yorkshire fan through the winter

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Who calls the shots in English cricket?

Sep 14, 2016: The top ten most influential people in English cricket? We've got a list

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Why England's decision to tour Bangladesh is right

Aug 30, 2016: Every player has the right to decide for himself, but so also, the ECB needs to show a clear duty of care, assess the risks, and promote freedom where it can

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English cricket must reach out and touch its public

Jul 25, 2016: Its image as an establishment game fits uncomfortably with the impulse to spread T20 cricket to a wider audience. Meanwhile, it needs to become relevant to as many people as possible

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Could social media save the English domestic game?

Jun 9, 2016: The likes of Twitter are spreading the word about the country's professional circuit more enthusiastically than newspapers ever did

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Welcome to the new voice of cricket

Apr 1, 2016: A brave new experiment at the start of the English season and what it means for cricket writing

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Last chance for protected counties to prove their worth

Mar 17, 2016: If the English game is to avoid going down the city-based franchise route, the onus is on counties to increase cricket's appeal within their communities

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Is the game going to the dogs?

Feb 5, 2016: Cricket's future lies with the young, but that future is an uncertain one, as the latest furore over mankading shows

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Cricket confronts its identity crisis

Jan 11, 2016: The sport is threatened by multiple-personality disorder. It needs to decide upon the virtues it wishes to protect, and speak with one voice

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Cricket and the curse of conservatism

Dec 3, 2015: The recent day-night Test was greeted with suspicion - notably (and absurdly) by the statistically minded

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Does the Cowdrey Lecture matter?

Sep 10, 2015: For all its colonial baggage, the MCC's efforts as a lobby group to serve cricket's best interests are worthwhile and especially relevant today

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England v New Zealand, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 3rd day

Watling's century has its own majesty

May 31, 2015: While Brendon McCullum and Mike Hesson were both honoured by the Queen, an understated cricketer unlikely to attract royal attention played the considered innings that might well bring New Zealand victory

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England news

Born to serve

May 9, 2015: Andrew Strauss now faces a challenging task as an administrator: of shaping the same sort of success he achieved as a player

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England coach must wield selection power

May 4, 2015: It is time to empower the England coach to take full responsibility for the team: either back Peter Moores or sack him

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World Cup 2015: England

No country for folk heroes

Mar 2, 2015: The debate about whether Eoin Morgan should sing the national anthem is typical of an English culture that demands its cricketers be both free-spirited and happy to conform

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England news

Pietersen stars in his own muppet show

Jan 26, 2015: Kevin Pietersen's rubbishing of many aspiring English county professionals brings to mind the belief of Miss Piggy that "there is no one in the world to compare with moi"

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A crisis that defines the age

Nov 20, 2014: Never mind cricket's absence from free-to-air TV - changes in social attitudes, the demands of work, and an individualistic age are all contributing to a decline in participation

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England news

Morgan's warning must be heeded

Nov 16, 2014: Eoin Morgan's condemnation of England's Twenty20 competition has exposed the deep divisions between the ECB and its elite players on the future of the professional game

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India in England 2014

Anderson England's guilty pleasure

Jul 31, 2014: There is an uncomfortable recognition that the beauty of James Anderson's cricket comes with a professionalism that has been taken to the limits but weak umpiring has to share the blame

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