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England vs New Zealand LIVE: Cricket score and updates from third Test as England motor in chase of 296

Jack Leach completed a career-best 10-wicket match at Headingley to set England on course for another fearless run chase and a series whitewash over New Zealand.The left-arm spinner followed up his first-innings haul of 5-100 with even better figures of 5-66 as New Zealand set their hosts a target of 296 on day four of the third and final Test.Ordinarily that would look like a huge ask but, having chased down 277 at Lord’s and 299 at Trent Bridge, England went about their business with a flourish to reach 183-2 at stumps.Ollie Pope stroked a fluent 81 not out...
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England’s Ben Foakes replaced by Sam Billings at Headingley after positive Covid-19 test

England wicketkeeper Ben Foakes has tested positive for Covid-19, with Kent’s Sam Billings taking his place for the remainder of the Headingley Test.Foakes did not take the field on the third afternoon against New Zealand after complaining of back pain, but later returned a positive test after a check up at the team hotel in Leeds.Jonny Bairstow deputised with the gloves during the tourists’ second innings but Billings, who made his Test debut in the final match of the Ashes, has been drafted to take over for the rest of the match.A statement from the England and Wales Cricket Board...
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‘A match made in heaven’: Ben Foakes hails England’s new Test leadership

Ben Foakes is loving life in England’s new-look Test team and believes Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum are a match made in heaven.Wins over world champions New Zealand at Lord’s and Trent Bridge have made Test cricket cool again after a nightmare run of defeats left England languishing in the rankings.And wicketkeeper Foakes believes the approach of England’s refreshed management is proving infectious in the dressing room, with confidence soaring after Bairstow and Stokes’ run chase for the ages in Nottingham.“It seems like a match made in heaven,” said Foakes, speaking at the Lord’s Taverners National Table Cricket Finals where...
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England’s Ben Foakes predicting ‘one hell of a day’ as second Test nears conclusion

Ben Foakes predicted “one hell of a day” lay in store at Trent Bridge after England cricket team and New Zealand traded blows to leave the second Test up for grabs.After both sides pounded out big first-innings scores – the tourists narrowly ahead with 553 to versus 539 – the game accelerated sharply on day four.England produced the best bowling display of the match so far to reduce the Kiwis to an overnight score of 224 for seven, and will not be daunted by the current deficit of 238.There is a clear route to victory for both sides, while a...
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County Championship: Ollie Pope and Ben Foakes dominate for Surrey at Kent

LV= County Championship Division One, County Ground, Beckenham (day one) Surrey 318-4: Pope 96, Foakes 86*, Patel 76; Gilchrist 2-73 Division One leaders Surrey reached 318-4 at stumps, on day one of their County Championship game with Kent at Beckenham. Ollie Pope hit 96 in a stand of 178 with...
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Ben Foakes intent on grabbing Test chance as part of England’s reboot

Welcome to the reboot. The costumes are the same and you’ll recognise some of the main characters, but there’s no doubt that the West Indies tour that begins this coming week is meant to kick off a new narrative arc for the failing franchise that is the England men’s team. Clearly, Andrew Strauss was impressed by what Tom Holland did for Spider-Man: England have landed in Antigua with a young cast bursting with peppy enthusiasm.
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