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Finn has been with Middlesex for entire career
The recalled England seamer Steven Finn has signed a new three-year deal with Middlesex. Finn was restored to the national squad for the fourth Test against India in place of the injured Liam Plunkett this week, named for the first time since being sent home early from a miserable tour of Australia.
He played no part in the 5-0 Ashes whitewash and returned to England after being deemed unselectable by the then limited-overs coach Ashley Giles. He has worked through problems with his run-up and release alongside the Middlesex coach Richard Johnson, going on to claim 44 wickets at 29.72 in the County Championship.Continue reading...
Ben Stokes has claimed that the decision by Englands selectors to leave him out of the squad who beat India in the third Test wasnt really explained to me, but before meeting up with the party for the fourth Test at old Trafford, the all-rounder says he holds no ill-feeling towards those in charge and wants to concentrate on establishing himself in the side.
Having burst on to the Test cricket scene with the best innings of any England player during the Ashes whitewash, Stokes has seen his international career stall. The 23-year-old was left out of the squad who faced Sri Lanka in June owing to concerns over his lack of cricket following a wrist injury and then from the team who took on India in Southampton last week after he failed to get off the mark in the three innings he has played in this series. Although he performed adequately with the ball, it was decided that Chris Woakes and Chris Jordan, who are both more than capable with the bat, should come into the side.Continue reading...
Pitch is to be relaid in off-season after tepid draw
The ICC match referee, David Boon, reported the surface which is to be relaid in the off-season after the game in Nottingham petered out to a tepid and high-scoring draw.Continue reading...
Bradley and Dempsey riches could tempt midfielder from Europe, Montréal get personal, 10-men teams see it through
On the same weekend new Houston Dynamo DaMarcus Beasley made his Major League Soccer return, another key component of Jürgen Klinsmanns World Cup squad briefly stole headlines around US soccer. On Friday, news broke that Jermaine Jones, who has been testing the MLS waters for some time, was prepared to reject an offer from Chicago; Fire head coach Frank Yallop later explained his team was waiting to hear back from the long-time Schalke starter.Continue reading...