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Eng vs SL 2021 – Chris Woakes, David Willey, Liam Dawson back in England T20I squad

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Trio back in contention as England seek cover for Stokes, Archer and Topley

England have recalled Chris Woakes, David Willey and Liam Dawson to their T20I squad to face Sri Lanka later this month. Woakes has not played T20 cricket for England since 2015 but comes in as one of three changes from the India tour in March, with Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Reece Topley ruled out through injury.

With the T20 World Cup scheduled for later this year, England’s head coach Chris Silverwood said he wanted to look at “some of our experienced players who have not featured at this level for some time”. England have six T20Is scheduled this summer, as well as series in Bangladesh and Pakistan ahead of the T20 World Cup, as they look to pin down their plans for the tournament.

Woakes was a linchpin in the ODI side that won the 50-over World Cup in 2019 as well as being a regular candidate for the Test team, but has not featured in England’s T20I thinking for some time – despite his involvement at IPL, where he has played for Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Daredevils.

Willey, elevated last year to Yorkshire’s T20 captaincy, last featured in the format at international level in 2019, shortly before losing out on a World Cup spot to Archer. He had claimed England’s second-best T20I figures – 4 for 7 against West Indies in St Lucia – a few months beforehand, and played every game in their run to the 2016 World T20 final.

Dawson’s most-recent England appearance came in 2018 but he would have been a candidate for the white-ball tours to South Africa and India over the winter had he not required surgery on an Achilles injury.

Stokes is set to continue his recovery from a fracture finger with Durham in the T20 Blast next week, and could return for the T20I series with Pakistan in July. Archer had surgery on his longstanding elbow problem last month and no timescale has been put on his rehabilitation, while Topley was ruled out of the entirety of the Blast after suffering a side strain.



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England v NZ 2021 – Stuart Broad on soft signal

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England seamer says current system puts on-field umpires in “really difficult situation”

Stuart Broad has called for the ICC to “do away with” the soft signal following a controversial moment on the second day of the LV= Insurance Test against New Zealand at Edgbaston.

Broad was convinced that Devon Conway had been caught at slip by Zak Crawley when the batter had 22. But the on-field umpires were unsure and referred the decision to the TV umpire, Michael Gough, with a soft signal of not out. Gough subsequently confirmed that on-field decision despite replays suggesting Crawley had his fingers under the ball. Conway went on to make 80 and help New Zealand build a strong position in the game.





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Ebony Rainford-Brent becomes an MBE for services to cricket and charity

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England player-turned commentator honoured in Queen’s Birthday Honours list

England cricketer-turned commentator Ebony Rainford-Brent has become an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to cricket and charity.

Rainford-Brent was recognised for her work with the African Caribbean Engagement (ACE) Programme. The organisation was founded in January 2020 to engage young people from African and Caribbean heritage in cricket following a decline in the number of Black British professional players.

She also spoke powerfully of her own experiences of racism alongside Michael Holding in a programme aired during Sky Sports’ coverage of the first day of the first Test between England and West Indies last summer.

“You never imagine the day you hit your first ball that you’ll get this sort of recognition,” Rainford-Brent told Sky Sports, with whom she is commentating on the ongoing second Test between England and New Zealand at Edgbaston.

“It’s been an incredible year. Everything from working on the ACE Programme, my broadcasting career and the feature with Michael Holding, which shows the direction of travel. I’m really honoured and hope to continue to use my platform for good.”

Rainford-Brent said she turned off her social media in anticipation of a backlash against the video on racism in cricket and society with Holding. But she described the positive response to the piece as “mind-blowing”.

“It showed me that the world is ready to talk about these sorts of issues,” she told Sky.

In addition to her commentary work for Sky and the BBC, Rainford-Brent is chair of the ACE Programme set up by her club, Surrey. The initiative has been awarded a £540,000 grant from Sport England and has expanded to work with communities in London, Birmingham and Bristol. She is also a trustee of the Chance To Shine charity.

Rainford-Brent, 37, played 22 ODIs and seven T20Is between 2001 and 2010. She was part of the England side that retained the Ashes and won the World Cup and World T20 in 2008-09.



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