England’s Bazballers need to address these areas to get to the next level

Ben Stokes may have to recalibrate England’s strategy – Getty Images/Gareth Copley Competing with Australia and India, England failed to beat the two best teams in the world and to get to the next level they need to “smooth off the rough edges”, as Brendon McCullum admitted after the defeat in Ranchi. “I haven’t thought … Read more

The dormant rivalry between twin sisters during the Boat Race: ‘Mommy is afraid we will get into a fight’

Catherine, left, and Gemma, right, rowed in the same Cambridge crew until the former moved to Oxford University – PA/Tim Bekir Ask Gemma King who will win the 78th Women’s University Boat Race next month and she is unequivocal. “Cambridge, of course,” she says. Ask her identical twin sister Catherine and the answer is slightly … Read more

Erik ten Hag bites back at Jamie Carragher – but admits his criticism of Man Utd is justified

Ten Hag prepares his team for a crucial FA Cup match on Wednesday evening – Manchester United/Ash Donelon Erik ten Hag has hit back at Jamie Carragher for his criticism of Manchester United’s performance against Fulham, accusing the former Liverpool defender of having an agenda against the club. Carragher provided a detailed analytical overview of … Read more

Shoaib Bashir overcame the state school ‘disadvantage’ to become an England star

Shoaib Bashir was one of the few shining lights in a disappointing series for England – AP/Ajit Solanki At Wells Cathedral School Ground in August 2022, Berkshire U18s faced Somerset U18s, securing a surprise eight-wicket victory. The victory was achieved by the five for 26, won by a tall 18-year-old off-spinner: Shoaib Bashir. “He was … Read more

Ollie Lawrence can be England’s best center – if they learn to use him properly

England did not make optimal use of Ollie Lawrence – PA/Andrew Milligan Before the emergence of Tom Curry and Sam Underhill some six years ago, England did a bustling trade in six-and-a-halfs; bruising, industrious back-rowers who were not considered cunning or mobile enough to be labeled ‘real opensides’. Chris Robshaw and James Haskell famously leaned … Read more

The $10 Million Question About Anthony Kim’s Return: Flush Reborn or Broken?

Anthony Kim’s second win of 2008 came just two months after his first tour victory – Reuters/Jonathan Ernst Anthony Kim is finally playing again this week. On Monday, LIV chief executive Greg Norman trumpeted what sounded suspiciously like the second coming as he hailed the American’s first competitive appearance since 2012. Cue a collective roll … Read more

Eddie Howe is safe, but an FA Cup run would save Newcastle’s season

Eddie Howe has described Newcastle’s season as ‘challenging’ – PA/Bradley Collyer Newcastle United have always expected this season to be much more difficult than the last, but as we head into spring, Eddie Howe desperately needs another FA Cup win to avoid the season turning into regret and an anti-climax. Newcastle has been in danger … Read more

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