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Wright takes over as Sussex captain

Luke Wright has been named Sussex's new club captain following Ed Joyce's decision to resign last week.

Luke Wright at the crease for Sussex this summer. Credit: PA

Wright was the favourite to succeed the Irishman in all three formats next year after leading the county to the quarter-finals of the T20 Blast this summer. He also enjoyed a fine season with the bat, although his 1,210 County Championship runs were unable to prevent Sussex's relegation.

The 30-year-old said: "I am hugely proud and honoured to be the captain of this fantastic club. To think that I am following in the footsteps of some great captains is a massive privilege."


Lyth dropped for England tour to UAE

Adam Lyth had a bad summer. Credit: PA

Opener Adam Lyth has been left out of the England squad for their three-match series against Pakistan in UAE.

Nottinghamshire opener Alex Hales and Surrey allrounder Zafar Ansari have both been included in the travelling party.

The England and Wales Cricket Board also confirmed the appointment of former one-day captain Paul Collingwood and recently retired Sri Lanka great Mahela Jayawardene in consultancy roles.

Squad: Cook, Ali, Anderson, Ansari, Bairstow, Bell, Broad, Buttler, Finn, Hales, Plunkett, Rashid, Root, Stokes, Taylor, Wood.

Former Yorkshire and England captain Close dies

Brian Close was known as being a tough cricketer. Credit: PA

Former Yorkshire and England captain Brian Close has died at the age of 84. Close became the youngest player ever to win a Test cap for England when he made his debut against New Zealand in 1949 as an 18-year-old.

The famously brave batsman went on to lead his country seven times in 22 Tests, and also captained his native county to win four county championship titles.

Australia crush England to win one-day series

England's batsmen stumbled at the final hurdle to gift Australia the Royal London one-day series and spurn the chance of an unbeaten summer.

Starting the day at 2-2 knowing one more win would ensure they ended the season having won or drawn all series in all formats against New Zealand and Australia, England lurched to an eight-wicket defeat.

Australian won by eight wickets at Old Trafford Credit: PA

They opted to bat first but only Ben Stokes (42) and Adil Rashid (35 not out) offered any resistance as the hosts slumped to 138 all out in 33 disappointing overs.

Mitch Marsh and John Hastings did most of the damage, returning combined figures of seven for 48, while Mitchell Starc forced captain Eoin Morgan to retire hurt courtesy of a nasty blow to the helmet.

Morgan was treated for concussion and did not return, leaving James Taylor to deputise as an unbroken century stand between Aaron Finch (70no) and George Bailey (41no) saw Australia home less than halfway through their allotted overs.

England struggle as Morgan retires hurt

England captain Eoin Morgan retired hurt in the deciding one-day international against Australia after suffering a nasty blow to the helmet.

Morgan was facing his sixth ball of the innings when he turned his head on a 90mph Mitchell Starc bouncer, which pranged sickeningly into the side of his helmet.

Eoin Morgan had to retire hurt. Credit: PA

The 29-year-old remained on his feet for a couple of minutes before retreating to the turf when England's medical team arrived in the middle.

After assessing the batsman it became immediately clear he was groggy and unable to resume his innings and he walked slowly from the field to a round of applause from the Emirates Old Trafford crowd.

England struggled against Australia, reaching 85-7 after 20 overs.


Roy doesn't review missing LBW

Jason Roy shouldn't have been out. Credit: PA

Jason Roy lost his wicket for four runs in a frenetic opening over at Old Trafford.

Having had one LBW decision overturned in the second ball, Roy was adjudged to be out, despite the ball going down legside.

After a consultation with fellow opener Alex Hales, the two decided against reviewing it, much to their cost.

Yorkshire win second consecutive championship

Yorkshire are once again County Champions after rivals Nottinghamshire were bowled out for 204 by Durham at Trent Bridge.

The collapse of the Nottinghamshire batting meant the east midlands club could no longer catch Yorkshire in the table.

Pietersen signs T20 contract with Sunfoil Dolphins

Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen has signed for South African side Sunfoil Dolphins.

The 35-year-old, who has not represented England since the 2013/14 Ashes tour, will play for the Dolphins in the RAM Slam T20 competition.

The Dolphins announced the signing at a press conference.

Quoted on the team's Twitter feed, South Africa-born Pietersen said: "It's very exciting to get back to Durban."

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