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Trevor Bayliss named England cricket head coach

Australian Trevor Bayliss has been appointed as the England cricket team's new head coach.

Trevor Bayliss, England's new head coach. Credit: England Cricket Board

Mr Bayliss, 52, succeeds Peter Moores who was sacked earlier this month following England's dismal World Cup.

One of Bayliss's first tasks will be to guide England through the upcoming Ashes series against his native Australia in July.

Bayliss, who has previously coached Sri Lanka, described his appointment as "an honour".

Stewart and Vaughan slam ECB over Moores sacking

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) should "hang their heads in shame" over their sacking of coach Peter Moores, according to former captain Alec Stewart.

Moores was officially dismissed on Saturday. Credit: PA

Moores was dismissed on Saturday shortly after Andrew Strauss was appointed England's director of cricket, though reports of his sacking were leaked during the team's washed-out one-dayer against Ireland on Friday.

Moores, who also spent two year as coach between 2007 and 2009, bore the brunt of criticism for a dismal World Cup, in which England failed to progress from the group stages, and the drawn test series against the West Indies.

"The fact that all these leaks came out the day before the man was officially told - you've got to show a bit of respect to employees," Stewart, England's most capped test cricketer, told the BBC.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan said the dismissal of Moores, who won 19 of his 52 matches in charge across all formats of the game, was "disgraceful", adding that the ECB needed to demonstrate some "quiet authority and integrity".

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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.

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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.

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