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Alistair Cook: 'I'm gutted'

Alistair Cook says he is "gutted" to have been left out of England's World Cup squad.

The Essex cricketer and former Bedfordshire schoolboy has been replaced by Eoin Morgan as captain.

"I am gutted to be left out of the World Cup squad, and it is likely to take me a while to get over the disappointment.

"That said I wish Peter, Eoin and the lads all the best for the World Cup.

"I would also like to thank all the players and fans who have supported me during my time as one-day captain."

– Alistair Cook.

Cook dropped as captain for cricket World Cup

Alistair Cook during a one-day international in May. Credit: Tony Marshall/PA Wire.

Essex cricketer Alistair Cook has been replaced as England's World Cup captain - and will not feature at all in the team's 15-man squad.

The England and Wales Cricket ball confirmed the change on Saturday morning.

It follows the 29-year-old's poor form in one-day internationals over the past year - and an equally poor performance by his team.

A statement from the ECB said:

"ECB today announced that Eoin Morgan has replaced Alastair Cook as England one-day captain with immediate effect.

"England selectors met yesterday to pick a 15-man one-day squad for the tour to Australia and the ICC Cricket World Cup.

"Selectors recommended to managing director England cricket Paul Downton a change in captaincy which has now been approved by the ECB chairman."

– England and Wales Cricket Board.

The board is due to announce its squad at 11am on Saturday.

Former Bedfordshire schoolboy Cook, who will turn 30 on Christmas Day, will continue as England Test captain.

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Suffolk darts player Peter 'Snakebite' Wright goes for World title

Peter 'Snakebite' Wright Credit: ITV News Anglia

Suffolk darts player Peter 'Snakebite' Wright says he's determined to win the World Championships this year, after coming close last time.

Wright from Mendham near Bungay, was beaten in last year's final by Michael van Gerwen. Tonight, he does it all again when he faces Gerwyn Price in the first round and he admits he's hungrier than ever to lift the trophy.

Peter 'Snakebite' Wright is hoping to take the title Credit: ITV News Anglia
Peter 'Snakebite' Wright Credit: ITV News Anglia

"I know what to expect and so I believe I can win it. if I get to the final, it doesn't matter who my opponent is, this time I know I've got a better chance of winning it."

– Peter 'Snakebite' Wright

Hartley spurns Montpellier advances to pen new Northampton Saints deal

Dylan Hartley has signed a new contract with Northampton Saints. Credit: PA

Seven Northampton Saints players, including England stars Dylan Hartley and Courtney Lawes, have signed new contracts with the club.

Speculation had been mounting that Hartley would switch to French club Montpellier, but the Saints captain has revealed that he spurned their advances to stay at Franklin's Gardens.

Courtney Lawes is also staying at Franklin's Gardens. Credit: PA

Second-row Courtney Lawes was also linked with a move away after establishing himself as one of the best forwards in the Aviva Premiership.

Calum Clark, Alex Waller, Ethan Waller, James Craig and Gareth Denman have also committed their futures to Northampton.

“We have a group that has shown time and again that they have the ability to compete at the highest level of club rugby, and retaining players is very important to us.

The seven forwards that we have announced today are all good players already, but they still have the ability to improve and we are looking forward to seeing them develop further at Franklin’s Gardens.”

– Jim Mallinder, Northampton Saints director of Rugby

Click below to see a full interview with Dylan Hartley:

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Stevenage: Lewis Hamilton beats favourite McIlroy to land BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award

Lewis Hamilton lifts the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award. Credit: PA

Stevenage's Lewis Hamilton's has been voted as the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year.

The Formula One world champion was presented with the award at a ceremony in Glasgow last night.

He beat golfer Rory McIlroy and runner Jo Pavey to the prize, claiming 34% of the votes.

Golfer Rory McIlroy was voted as runner-up. Credit: PA

“I am really, really taken aback. I am overwhelmed and feel so honoured.

When I was growing up in Stevenage, of course I wanted to be a racing driver and be the best in the world but I didn’t ever contemplate all the people who would support or follow me. I just wanted to be the best.”

– Lewis Hamilton, BBC Sports Personality of the Year winner

Saints ring changes for Treviso clash

Northampton Saints will make nine changes for their Champions Cup clash with Italian side Treviso.

Wales star George North is back after missing last week’s match with concussion, while Dylan Hartley, Courtney Lawes and Tom Wood all start.

Courtney Lawes (left) and Tom Wood (right) start against Treviso, with Lee Dickson among the replacements. Credit: PA

Ben Foden, Luther Burrell and Lee Dickson drop to the bench, with James Wilson, George Pisi and Kahn Fotuali’i all coming in.

Saints are currently level with Racing Metro at the top of Pool 5.

Northampton Saints: Wilson; K Pisi, G Pisi, Stephenson, North; Myler, Fotuali’i; E Waller, Hartley (c), Ma’afu; Dickinson, Lawes; Clark, Wood, Dowson.

Replacements: Haywood, A Waller, Denman, C Day, Manoa, L Dickson, Burrell, Foden.

Treviso: Hayward; Ragusi, Morisi, Bacchin, Nitoglia; Carlisle, Gori; Zanusso, Anae, Muccignat; Pavanello, Fuser; Swanepoel, Minto, Luamanu.

Replacements: Kudin, Novak, Acosta, Vallejos, Lazzaroni, Favaro, Trevisan, Ambrosini.

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