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ECB accept schedule change following Hughes death

The tragic death of Phil Hughes has shocked cricket. Credit: PA

The ECB have agreed to Cricket Australia’s request for a schedule change to the One-Day International Tri-Series in January following the tragic death of Phil Hughes.

England will now prepare for the series at the Manuka Oval in Canberra with a warm-up game against the Australian Capital Territory XI in which the full squad will participate on January 12, 2015.

They will then face the PM’s XI – also in Canberra – on January 14 before travelling to face Australia in Sydney on January 16 rather than January 18. The remainder of the England schedule remains unchanged.

A woman pays tribute to Hughes in Macksville. Credit: PA

Brian Havill, ECB’s Acting Chief Executive, said: ‘I am grateful to the England players and management for agreeing to this switch which allows Cricket Australia to re-arrange their international summer following the tragic death of Phillip Hughes.

‘ECB recognise that these are extremely difficult times for the Australian cricket community and we were determined to help Cricket Australia, if at all possible, with their scheduling issues.'

Cricket participation down by 64,000 in England

Interest in playing cricket appears to be falling. Credit: PA

An ECB report distributed to country clubs across England reveal that participation in recreational cricket has fallen by 64,000 over the past year.

More than 5 per cent of games needed to be conceded because at least one of the teams were unable to field a complete side.

The results of the annual National Playing Survey also show that the number of players aged between 14 and 65 has dropped from 908,000 in 2013 to 844,000 this summer.


Cameron: 'Powerful argument' for keeping Pietersen

David Cameron has voiced his views on the ejection of Kevin Pietersen from the England cricket team, saying there was a "powerful argument" for keeping him on the team.

Kevin Pietersen was confirmed as being left out of the England squad for the tour of West Indies and World Twenty20. Credit: PA

Speaking on BBC Radio Lancashire, the Prime Minister said: "I am an enormous fan of Kevin Pietersen and I have had some of my most enjoyable times watching him tonking the ball all over the park.

"It is not often I have a sympathy for Piers Morgan but I thought he was making quite a powerful argument this morning on my radio."

But Mr Cameron insisted he didn't want to interfere in the England Cricket Board's decision making, saying: "I will let the England selectors pick the England team, I think I had better stay out of this one."

Shane Warne describes Pietersen decision as 'disgrace'

Kevin Pietersen's former Ashes adversary Shane Warne has described the decision to end the 33-year-old's international career as a "disgrace".

The decision has reverberated around the world, and the former Australian bowler made his feelings clear on Twitter.

Pietersen refuses to comment after England omission

Kevin Pietersen has refused to comment on his omission from the England cricket squad and the apparent end of his international career.

England's management unanimously decided that the 33-year-old was not in their future plans - a decision which has proved controversial.

The 33-year-old, who said he was "so sad" at the decision yesterday, did not speak to ITV News as he entered his home this afternoon.

Pietersen wife: Give public 'truth' about England axing

Kevin Pietersen's wife, former Liberty X singer Jessica Taylor, has hit out at his critics for spinning "rumours" about dressing room bust-ups as "fact".

She called for the "truth" about his axing from the national team to be made public, tweeting:

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