Jesse Ryder will join Essex as an overseas player next month in a move that will raise eyebrows across the county game.
Once upon a time, the rain that set in just after tea here would have brought a swift expression of regret from the umpires’ room and an early start to the evening’s entertainment for the players, but these are different times, with a resolute determination that the show must go on.
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Paul Farbrace has resigned from his post as Sri Lanka coach, paving the way for his appointment as Peter Moores’ assistant with England.
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Paul Farbrace will be confirmed as England’s assistant coach to Peter Moores after tendering his resignation with Sri Lanka
Paul Farbrace will be confirmed as England’s assistant coach to Peter Moores after tendering his resignation with Sri Lanka
The gulf between Second and First Division cricket must suddenly seem unnervingly wide for Northamptonshire, who watched Yorkshire ruthlessly pile on the runs before themselves capitulating for 94 in just 30 overs between lunch and tea.
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Jonny Bairstow has admitted his regret that he will no longer have the chance to play alongside Kevin Pietersen for England.
Alastair Cook, England’s captain, has absolved his fellow players of blame for Ashley Giles’ failure to become the new head coach. Giles was overlooked in favour of Peter Moores, having originally seemed favourite when Andy Flower quit in the wake of the winter’s 5-0 Ashes whitewash.
Peter Moores may not remember, and Gary Ballance will possibly hope that he doesn’t, but it was against Lancashire at Headingley in 2011, when England’s new head coach was guiding the Red Rose county towards a first outright County Championship for 77 years, that the Yorkshire left-hander bagged what so far is his only pair.
The honeymoon period for England’s new head coach ended around five seconds after the appointment was announced. Unfortunately for Peter Moores, this is what tends to happen in second-time-around relationships.
Outside the sun is shining on Lord’s and the mowers are cutting an outfield that already looks immaculate. Inside, in the England & Wales Cricket Board’s offices, the talk is of contrasting new arrivals, one of whom is interrupting  Alastair Cook’s nights, the other whose aim is to enable the England captain to sleep more soundly.
Outside the sun is shining on Lord’s and the mowers are cutting an outfield that already looks immaculate. Inside, in the England & Wales Cricket Board’s offices, the talk is of contrasting new arrivals, one of whom is interrupting   Alastair Cook’s nights, the other whose aim is to enable the England captain to sleep more soundly.
Alastair Cook insists he and returning head coach Peter Moores will be free to forge a new England without undue influence from Andy Flower.