Joe Root widely praised for response to Shannon Gabriel

England captain Joe Root has been praised by Stonewall, the UK’s leading LGBT equality charity, for challenging Windies bowler Shannon Gabriel during the third Test in St Lucia. After an exchange between the pair on Monday, Root appeared to tell Gabriel: “Don’t use it as an insult. There’s nothing wrong with being gay.” Root’s comments could be heard on television […]

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Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler in ICC’s ODI team of year

Four England players have been named in the International Cricket Council’s ODI  team of the year for 2018. Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler all made it into the side after a year which saw England beat Australia by 242 runs at Trent Bridge after scoring a world-record 481 for six. However, no England players made it […]

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Ian Wright and I joked that Aubemayang is the best striker Arsenal have ever had after all his shots have resulted in goals

I just could not understand why Toby Alderweireld did not play in what was Spurs’ biggest game of the season so far. It was bizarre and a huge surprise. Whether he was trying to make a statement because Alderweireld’s contract expires at the end of the season and he has not signed a new one, I do not know. But […]

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Au pairs exploited by families in Australia as they are 'paid like babysitters but work like housekeepers'

The survey of nearly 1,500 au pairs found that young people were coming to Australia for a “cultural exchange”, but often ended up in full-time roles caring for children, cooking, cleaning, and performing household tasks. A majority were found to be working 36-hour weeks, and nearly a third of those surveyed worked 40 hours a week or more, working “like […]

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England’s ruthlessness in Sri Lanka provides cause for optimism as Joe Root eyes No 1 spot

England’s long wait for a Test series win away from home is finally over. The last, in South Africa, was less than three years ago and the tour of Sri Lanka is just England’s fifth since then, but for followers of English cricket the last two winters often seemed destined to go on forever. A disappointing draw in Bangladesh was […]

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Paralysed Horne drawn in as Australian sevens manager

The Australian men's sevens outfit has enlisted retired Wallaby Rob Horne for the first two stops on their world tour. The 34-Test veteran was forced into early retirement when an innocuous tackle while playing for Northampton in the English Premiership separated nerves between his right shoulder and spinal cord, leaving him with permanent paralysis in that arm. Rob Horne suffered […]

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