Pat Brown “very close” to England after memorable T20 campaign

Pat Brown was hailed by Moeen Ali as possessing England quality after completing an outstanding breakthrough season in the Vitality Blast by helping Worcestershire to their first T20 title. Brown was barely known, even in the tight-knit community of county cricket, in April, but he finished the Blast season with 31 wickets, a figure only exceeded by Alfonso Thomas – the Great Alfonso as they dubbed him in Somerset – who took 33 wickets in 2010. Brown had a great start to Finals Day when he took four wickets in…

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Leonard Fournette of Jacksonville Jaguars unlikely to play vs. New England Patriots but no final decision yet

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette is unlikely to play Sunday against the New England Patriots due to a strained hamstring, but no decision is final yet, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Fournette, who did not practice all week, has made improvement since injuring the hamstring last Sunday, but the team knows it would be a risk to play him. The Jaguars say they have a “good game plan” to limit Rob Gronkowski, who had seven catches for 123 yards and a touchdown in the opener. Jacksonville emerged from a…

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How the Patriots have handled Jalen Ramsey-type trash talk – New England Patriots Blog

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots turn the page quickly, and with Sunday’s road game against the Jacksonville Jaguars next on the schedule, safety Duron Harmon seemed ready for the topic when approached in the locker room after the team’s season-opening victory. Trash talk. “One thing we talk about is never doing something to jeopardize the team. We always have to remember to put the team first before our own personal needs,” Harmon said, when asked how the Patriots handle it. “So if you go out of your way…

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Nurture Adil Rashid’s confidence in Sri Lanka, Shane Warne tells England | Cricket

Joe Root has a word with Adil Rashid © Getty Images Shane Warne says that he is expecting “big things” from Adil Rashid in next month’s Test series in Sri Lanka, but has called on Joe Root to show more faith in his legspinner to ensure his confidence stays high. Rashid came through a peculiar summer with his reputation enhanced thanks to an important, if bit-part, role against India. He bowled just 87 overs across the five Tests…

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India vs England: A summer’s tale

Published: September 13, 2018 12:52:07 am India lost the Test series against England by a margin of 1-4. (Source: AP) “No Ravi, don’t get fooled by the clouds. Look at the pitch. It’s dry.” Misreading at Edgbaston Just before the toss in the first Test at Edgbaston, Michael Holding spots Ravi Shastri on the ground and seeks him out. Legs splayed out, Shastri is standing there with the arms akimbo and takes a few seconds to realise Holding is walking straight to him. They shake hands and have a chat.…

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India vs England: Where did Virat Kohli & Co. go wrong this summer?

By: Sports Desk | Updated: September 12, 2018 11:22:17 pm India lost the Test series against England by a margin of 4-1. (Source: Reuters) ” We understand why this series has gone the way it has, to be honest, we don’t see a massive-massive portion that we need to correct,” said Virat Kohli at the post-match press conference on Tuesday after India succumbed to yet another defeat in overseas Test series. While Kohli is standing resolutely by his team despite the 1-4 scoreline, this is the third instance of India…

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India leave England defeated but not discouraged ahead of Australian test

On Tuesday morning, ahead of the final day’s play at The Oval, India’s captain Virat Kohli gathered his team round to give them a warning. The series was gone; with India 58-3 chasing a theoretical target of 464, the game was virtually gone as well. But Kohli wanted his troops to know they were playing for more than pride. They were playing for their places. “How we react to the fifth day’s play is going to have determine a lot of what happens in the future,” he said. “For all…

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ICC Test Rankings: India maintain top position despite 4-1 series defeat against England

By: Sports Desk | Published: September 12, 2018 11:57:14 am India lost the fifth and final Test against England by 118 runs. (Source: Reuters) Despite the 4-1 series defeat at the hands of England in the Test series, the Virat Kohli led Indian side maintained its top position in the ICC Test Team Rankings. As per the latest rankings released by the International Cricket Council on Tuesday after the culmination of the fifth and the final Test between the two teams at Oval, India dropped down from 125 points to…

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India vs England: KL Rahul accomplishes rare feat in 5th Test against England

By: Sports Desk | Published: September 12, 2018 9:24:10 am KL Rahul scored 149 in the fourth innings of the fifth Test against England. (Source: Reuters) India opening batsman KL Rahul on Tuesday achieved a rare feat of scoring his first five Test centuries in different countries after he scored 149 runs in the fourth innings of the final Test against England at Oval. Earlier, the right-hand batsman has scored Test centuries in Australia, Sri Lanka, West Indies, and India. Despite his heroic efforts, Rahul failed to save the day…

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India vs England: Another series loss, another chatty Virat Kohli press conference

Written by Sriram Veera | London | Published: September 12, 2018 12:52:44 am India captain Virat Kohli waits with his teammates for the trophy presentations to start after England won the fifthTest and the five-match series between England and India. (Source: AP) “The Best Indian team in the last 15 years’. Do these tags put pressure on you? Do you actually believe you are?” A question dropped in like a punch at Virat Kohli. It was a reference to what the coach Ravi Shastri had said before the game that…

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