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Schofield backs England coach Flower SYDNEY: A key architect of the revival of English cricket Thursday backed under-fire coach Andy Flower after the team meekly surrendered the Ashes to Australia.Ken Schofield, who authored a report on the way forward for England after their 5-0 Ashes whitewash in 2006-07, called for Flower to remain in the job after the current series ends.Flower's coaching future is unclear after his first Ashes defeat. There is speculation he may not continue but Schofield said he was a strong supporter."I would like to think the fact these results have gone so wrong would want him to have another go and not leave on a negative. Only he would know," Schofield told Fairfax Media."But I would think everyone in English cricket and British sport wants Andy Flower to go on -- we think the world of him."Schofield also does not believe another in-depth review of English cricket is required, despite losing ...

West Indies 289-6 at stumps HAMILTON: The West Indies were 289-6 at stumps on day one of the third Test against New Zealand at Seddon Park in Hamilton.Denesh Ramdin made 107 and Shivnarine Chanderpaul was not out 94.Corey Anderson was the pick of the New Zealand bowlers, with three for 25 off 14 overs.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2013

Olazabal determined to end Royal Trophy pain GUANGZHOU: Former Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal is aiming to fill a void in his trophy cabinet by leading Europe to victory in this week's Royal Trophy against an Asian team led by Y.E. Yang.Twice previously the Spaniard has been a losing captain in the matchplay contest that was founded by the late Seve Ballesteros.It is a record Olazabal hopes to put straight when the seventh edition of the annual event tees off on ...

Ton-up Ramdin, Chanderpaul rescue West Indies HAMILTON: A gutsy 200-run partnership between Denesh Ramdin and Shivnarine Chanderpaul rescued the West Indies from a perilous position on Thursday as the tourists battled to 289 for six on the first day of the third Test against New Zealand.Ramdin was dismissed just before the close for 107 to end a sixth-wicket stand that lifted the score to respectability after another Calypso collapse had seen the team slump to 86-5 soon after lunch.Chanderpaul was not ...

Ryder recalled to NZ one-day side after long absence WELLINGTON: Aggressive batsman Jesse Ryder has returned to the New Zealand side after a doping suspension and an absence of nearly two years when he was included on Thursday in the limited overs squad for matches against West Indies later this month. The 29-year-old last played for the national team in Feb. 2012 after a self-enforced break following off-field disciplinary issues. Earlier this year he served a six-month doping ban and survived an assault that ...

West Indies 142-5 at tea HAMILTON: The West Indies were 142-5 at tea on the first day of the third Test against New Zealand at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Thursday.Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Denesh Ramdin were both not out 30. Corey Anderson, with two wickets for seven runs, and Tim Southee, with 2-31, were the best of the New Zealand bowlers. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2013

Southee, Anderson carve into West Indies HAMILTON: Tim Southee and Corey Anderson snapped up four wickets in 34 deliveries to rip the heart out of the West Indies top order on the first morning of the third Test in Hamilton on Thursday.The New Zealand pair overcame an unresponsive wicket to lure the West Indies into abandoning the cautious approach they took early in the day as the tourists look to level the series.After going to lunch at 71-1, the West Indies ...


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