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Hales keen to show what he can do for England

Hales has nine England caps to date. Credit: PA

Alex Hales claims he is still waiting for a "proper crack" at one-day international cricket.

The big-hitting top-order batsman has nine England caps to date, since his debut against India last August.

But after opening alongside Alastair Cook four times in that series defeat, Hales has played in only five of England's subsequent 18 matches - including at the World Cup - and has batted instead at number three on three occasions.

The 26-year-old is hoping for more continuity when England resume their ODI schedule this summer.

Asked if he thinks he has had little of that so far, he told The Guardian: "Honestly, yes I do.

"I don't feel like I've had a proper crack at it yet.

"I played the back-end of last summer against India, did okay without setting the world alight - and since then, it has been the odd game, coming in, dropping out again."

Strauss interested in England cricket director post

Strauss said he would be keen to help move English cricket forward Credit: PA

Andrew Strauss has said he would be interested in the newly created England cricket director post.

The former England captain has been heavily linked with the role, along with Alec Stewart and Michael Vaughan, following the dismissal of Paul Downton as managing director this week.

With more of a focus directly on the England team, the new role does seem more suitable for a recent ex-cricketer than the previous version.

To anyone who is passionate about cricket in this country, the allure of such a job is undeniable. I am certainly interested in any role that might help English cricket move forward.

The question, however, is: what exactly is the new job?

The devil is in the detail and until I know, alongside the other very good candidates, what the exact roles and responsibilities of the new job are, it is impossible to nail my colours to the mast.

– Andrew Strauss


England's U19 ladies qualify after 19 second drama

England's U19 ladies have qualified for the Euro Finals thanks to a late goal with just seconds to go, after a dramatic order by Uefa meant the last 18 seconds of the match had to be replayed.

England's Leah Williamson in Belfast. Credit: PA

With Norway winning 2-1 on Saturday, England were handed a lifeline in the sixth minute of stoppage time when they won a penalty.

Leah Williamson scored the spot-kick, but German referee Marija Kurtes disallowed the goal because one England player entered the box before she struck the ball.

Rules state she should have been given a re-take, but Kurtes ordered that the match play out - a decision which was overruled by Uefa.

Read: England game to restart from the penalty spot in 96th minute

In an unprecedented move, UEFA ordered for the last minute of injury-time of the clash with Norway to be replayed, starting with a retaken spot-kick, five days after the original game ended in controversy.

And Williamson managed to repeat the trick, netting the ball with a penalty kick to put the English side through.

"I have experienced every single emotion over the past 24 hours," the 18-year-old said.

"But it wasn't about me, it was about the team. I know everyone says that, but it really was, and I have never felt calmer than when she blew that whistle."

She added: "We had a job to do, we did the job and we took our opportunity that I would never have dreamed to be gifted."

Watch the moment she scored:

Both Norway and England had played their final group matches earlier on Thursday.

England beat Switzerland 3-1, with Williamson scoring a penalty, and Norway defeated Northern Ireland 8-1.

The results left the sides level on six points in qualifying group four but with England holding the edge on goal difference ahead of the replayed final minutes on Thursday.

The action lasted 65 seconds on Thursday from the point the whistle was blown to take the penalty to full-time.


Harry Kane scores on England debut after 79 seconds

England supersub Harry Kane celebrates his immediate impact at Wembley. Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

England beat Lithuania 4-0 in their European Championship Group E qualifier at Wembley Stadium.

Roy Hodgson's side maintained its 100% winning record thanks to first-half goals from captain Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck, with Raheem Sterling and then sub Harry Kane both scoring their first senior international goals in the second half.

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