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to move on from its Ashes obses-
sion and start to focus on new
goals like improving its "consis-
tently woeful" record in the one-
day game, English cricket chief
Andrew Strauss said yesterday.
"We probably define our sense
of worth too much by winning and
losing Ashes series," said Strauss,
who was hired as England s direc-
tor of cricket in May.
Test matches against Australia
remain the pinnacle of cricket in
England, which regained the urn
this summer after the third Ashes
series in two years.
That s often to the detriment of
the limited-overs formats, with
England having never won the 50-
over Cricket World Cup---or even
reached the semifinals of the tour-
nament since being runner-up in
England is currently losing 2--0
to Australia in the tour-ending
ODI series, which has failed to
capture the public s imagination
like the Ashes.
"We need a fundamentally dif-
ferent focus on white ball cricket,
one-day cricket and Twenty20
cricket," Strauss said at the Soc-
cerEx conference in Manchester,
"because the game has been so
geared towards test cricket for
decades and we ve been consis-
tently woeful in World Cups.
"It s an issue we have in this
country that the ODIs feel like after
the Lord Mayor s show."
The recent hiring of Trevor
Bayliss, who has enjoyed success
in limited-overs cricket with Sri
Lanka, as England coach could
go some way to addressing the
As could a proposed revamp of
English domestic cricket that
would see the number of four-day
County Championship matches
cut to enable white-ball cricket to
be played at the height of the sum-
That is when pitches are at their
best, allowing teams to produce
an aggressive brand of cricket
needed to challenge in global tour-
naments. The next Cricket World
Cup will be held in England in
"I look at 2019 as an unbeliev-
able opportunity to refocus and
reshape the game in this country
but it s also incredibly difficult
because our game is not set up to
do that," Strauss said.
"The game is evolving unbe-
lievably quickly and T20 is explod-
ing around the world and we can t
afford to be left behind."
One player who is set to be left
behind by England is Kevin
Strauss said in May that Eng-
land s all-time leading run-scorer
across all formats was not part of
the country s short-term plans,
and England s latest Ashes win
seems to have ended any chances
of a recall for Pietersen.
"I think the team has moved
on," Strauss said, "and the team
is in a pretty good place."
Ben Stokes is hoping there is no
"bad blood" between England and
Australia in the rest of the Royal Lon-
don Series, following his controversial
dismissal for obstructing the field.
Stokes, who has received praise from
England coach Trevor Bayliss for his
mature reaction after the flashpoint on
Saturday, fell in a failed run chase which
left England 2-0 down with three to
He was given out after thrusting out
his left hand, while the rest of his body
contorted away from the ball, and inter-
cepting a shy at the stumps as bowler
Mitchell Starc tried to run him out.The
24-year-old became only the second
England player in the history of inter-
national cricket to go to the rarest mode
of dismissal, and the Lord s crowd
voiced their annoyance with boos which
continued intermittently for the remain-
der of the match.
England captain Eoin Morgan was
not amused either, that his opposite
number Steve Smith had appealed in
the first place, but pointed out the inci-
dent was not a decisive factor in defeat.
In a subsequent BBC interview,
Stokes said: "I hope it doesn t get
turned into bad blood just out of that
one little situation.
"But who knows, once I step over
that line things might change."
England cannot afford to be distract-
ed - initially at Emirates Old Trafford
today - if they are to avoid ending their
successful Ashes summer with disap-
pointment against the World Cup hold-
ers.To that end, Bayliss is grateful for a
measured attitude from the person
most directly affected.
"I thought Stokesy handled it very
"In the changing room after the game
he was very philosophical about it -
that s the game, I ve got to get on with
it. "The Australian, in his first summer
here, might have expected a more fiery
response from a player who just 18
months ago broke his hand punching
a dressing-room locker in fury at a
Bayliss said: "From what I have heard
of Stokesy before, it could have been
worse, but he is certainly making
"He is growing up, not just as a crick-
eter but as a person."
All-rounder Stokes may be coming
of age, but Bayliss warns exacting stan-
dards will always be required from a
cricketer sure to keep finding himself
"With guys like that, there is special
attention from the opposition to try to
get those emotions out of them - and
certainly that is something he is begin-
ning to learn.
"I said to him as we were leaving,
Well done, I thought you handled that
very well. "
Stokes insists he was merely trying
to protect himself from Starc s throw.
PERTH---Former Australia spin
bowler Brad Hogg will play for the
Perth Scorchers in Australia s Big Bash
Twenty20 league from December at
the age of 44.
Perth will enter the league as two-
time defending champions, having
appeared in all four finals of the com-
petition to date.
Hogg, who played seven tests and
123 one-day internationals for Australia,
said "I ve still got goals to play cricket
at the highest level, to still have that
success. I m still fit enough and I feel
I m still contributing to the team."
He said "if you ve still got the gift
to play the game of cricket, there s no
point in giving that up."
must move on
Australia's Mitchell Starc, left, celebrates taking the wicket of England's Liam Plunkett, with Australia's
Steven Smith during the One Day International cricket match between England and Australia at Lord's Cricket
Ground, London, on Saturday. Australia leads the series 2--0. AP PHOTO
MELBOURNE---A blazer worn by
cricketer great Don Bradman during
his first series as Australia captain
sold at auction yesterday for 100,000
Australian dollars ($70,000).
The green woollen blazer with gold
piping and the Australian coat of arms
on its breast pocket was worn by Brad-
man during the 1936-1937 test series
Bidding opened at A$50,000
($35,000) and there were two active
bidders, one in the room and one on
the phone. The blazer went to the bid-
der in the room who will pay a total
of $132,000 ($91,000) when sales tax
and the buyer s premium is added.
Auctioneer Max Williamson said
"this is the first (Bradman) blazer we ve
had up for auction, which is possibly
why it sold so well. It went beyond our
expectations. We re still shaking."
Stokes says time
to forget incident
Hogg to play in Big
Bash League at 44
bids at auction
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