By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - Confidence levels are soaring so high in the England team that captain Eoin Morgan wishes the World Cup was starting tomorrow. England named their 15-man squad on Tuesday in the wake of a 4-0 hammering of Pakistan that underlined their place as favourites for the tournament which starts on home soil next Thursday when they take on South Africa. "We'd like to start playing tomorrow," Morgan said at an event in east London to unveil England's new light blue kit. "We've had some really good prep against Pakistan, I don't think it could have gone better. "I've got absolutely no regrets. We're positioned in the best possible place at the moment." England racked up three totals of 350 plus against Pakistan, playing the kind of attacking cricket that was unimaginable when they limped out of the 2015 World Cup at the group stage. Morgan, who was drafted in as skipper just before the start of their ill-fated tournament four years ago, said a home World Cup … [Read more...] about Wish World Cup started tomorrow, says England’s Morgan
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(Reuters) - England all-rounder Sam Curran has been awarded a first central contract after his stellar display in the 4-1 test series win over India, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Friday. Curran scored 272 runs and claimed 11 wickets to be adjudged man of the series as Joe Root's side routed the top-ranked test team in the world earlier this month. There are no opening batsmen among the 10 players awarded 12-month central contracts for tests following the struggles of Keaton Jennings in the India series and Alastair Cook's retirement. "Surrey's Sam Curran receives a test contract for the first time," the ECB said in a statement https://www.ecb.co.uk/england/men/news/863563/ecb-announce-central-contracts-for-2018-19. "Jos Buttler and Adil Rashid join Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes as players awarded contracts covering both test and white-ball cricket." England next play five one-dayers and a Twenty20 International in Sri Lanka … [Read more...] about England reward Curran with central contract
(Reuters) - England all-rounder Ben Stokes has been named in the team for the third test match against India starting at Trent Bridge on Saturday, three days after he was cleared of affray, captain Joe Root said on Friday. Stokes will replace Sam Curran from the side that won the second test at Lord's by an innings to help the hosts take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series. "It was one of the most difficult decisions I've had to make as captain. It's about us as a squad delivering over five games and on this occasion Sam is unfortunate to miss out," Root told a news conference. "Ben is desperate to get back playing cricket. He's desperate to get out there, put in performances and concentrate on his cricket now. He feels ready to play." (Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Radnedge) … [Read more...] about Stokes back in England team for third India test
CRICKETER ace Ben Stokes is considered to be one of England's most valuable players. As he goes on trial for affray, here's everything you need to know about the all-rounder and his court case. Who is Ben Stokes? Ben Stokes, 27, is a professional cricketer who was born in New Zealand. He is the son of rugby league star Gerard Stokes. The family moved to England when Ben was young and settled in Cumbria, where Ben played cricket for local side Cockermouth. He has played county cricket for Durham since 2009 and made his England Test debut during the 2013 Ashes series. Since then he has proved a match winner and the team's most valuable all-round player thanks to his bowling, batting and athletic fielding. Ben Stokes pictured with his wife Clare Ratcliffe Why is he on trial? Stokes is standing trial for affray after a brawl in the early hours of September 25 after he was involved in a brawl outside a Bristol nightclub. Two other men, Ryan Ali, 28 and Ryan Hale, 27, are also standing … [Read more...] about Who is Ben Stokes, what’s the England cricketer on trial for, who is his wife and what’s his net worth?
PAUL Gascoigne has battled with alcohol addiction and mental health issues for more than 20 years, with a number of controversies keeping him in the spotlight even after he retired from football. The troubled ex-England midfielder has been in-and-out of hospital and rehab in a bid to “get free of his demons” - here's the lowdown on the highs and lows of his life... Who is Paul Gascoigne? What is his background? Paul Gascoigne was born May 27, 1967 and is a former England football star. Since he retired, Paul - affectionately known as Gazza - and his public struggle with addiction has made front-page news. But as a talented player, he also adorned the back pages, and has been described as the most naturally-gifted English footballer of his generation. The 51-year-old was born and raised in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, starting his career at Newcastle United as a schoolboy before turning professional with the club in 1985. He had a troubled childhood, and his early … [Read more...] about How old is Paul Gascoigne, what is his net worth, was he unwell on Soccer AM and what controversies has the ex-England footballer caused?