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  • Why has this photo sparked controversy and been described as 'cowardly'

    Marlon Samuels decision to salute Ben Stokes has been the source of much debate and no little controversy.

    Ben Stokes, Marlon SamuelsBen Stokes, Marlon Samuels

    Ben Stokes fell for eight as England posted 373 for six on the third day of the second test against West Indies in Grenada on Thursday.

    Pretty unremarkable stuff.

    However, there was no love lost between Ben Stokes and Marlon Samuels throughout the series and the West Indian stood to attention and gave an army salute to the England all-rounder as he walked off the field.

    That decision has drawn heavy criticism in some quarters.

    Steve James, writing in the Telegraph, claimed that “send-offs are the most cowardly acts on a cricket field.”

    James went further, claiming that “physical violence will

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  • Video: Richie Benaud's famous rant after 'disgraceful' moment

    The late Richie Benaud pulled no punches when addressing a very famous cricketing incident.

    When Richie Benaud described something as "disgraceful" he really meant it.

    Fans always listened to what Benaud had to say, and this rant from the legendary Australian commentator became very famous.

    It came after the infamous under-arm bowling incident, when Australia captain Greg Chappell had his brother Trevor bowl under-arm to New Zealand's Brian McKechnie with the final ball of a one-day match in Melbourne in 1981.

    The reason? To ensure that New Zealand had absolutely no hope of rescuing a dramatic tie with a six off the final delivery of the match - a decision which prompted boos from

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  • Tributes from the world of cricket for Richie Benaud

    Leading figures from the world of cricket have been paying tribute to Richie Benaud following the former Australia captain and broadcaster's death at the age of 84.

    Leading figures from the world of cricket have been paying tribute to Richie Benaud following the former Australia captain and broadcaster's death at the age of 84.

    Richie Benaud was as well known for his commentary as his cricket after moving into a career in the media in 1956 which saw him become the voice of the game in both England and his homeland.

    But he was also a trailblazing all-rounder who took 228 wickets and scored 2,201 runs in 68 Tests while never losing a series in charge of his country.

    And current Australia Test captain Michael Clarke believes it was Benaud's spirit as well

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  • English cricket chiefs savaged by 'bible of game' over handling of Kevin Pietersen

    Latest edition of Wisden also claims the England and Wales Cricket Board are out of touch.

    English cricket chiefs have come under fire by Wisden over Kevin Pietersen affair. English cricket chiefs have come under fire by Wisden over Kevin Pietersen affair.

    English cricket receives stinging criticism, and Sri Lanka great  Kumar Sangakkara the highest of praise, in the 2015 Wisden. 

    Editor Lawrence Booth reserves withering words to depict the England and Wales Cricket Board's "mishandling of the Kevin Pietersen affair".

    “[England] botched the PR battle," writes Booth. "They hinted that some darker truth about his behaviour would emerge once a confidentiality agreement expired in October. Yet the lull merely prolonged the fiasco. And, when the dirt failed to materialise, the ECB looked rudderless; worse, in the eyes of those agitating for an

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  • Perfect image of sportsmanship amid drama rightly being celebrated

    New Zealand's extraordinary World Cup semi-final against South Africa threw up a sporting moment that will be remembered for a very long time to come.

    New Zealand's Grant Elliot helps South Africa's bowler Dale Steyn up after New Zealand won their Cricket World Cup semi-final match in Auckland (Reuters)New Zealand's Grant Elliot helps South Africa's bowler Dale Steyn up after New Zealand won their Cricket World Cup semi-final match in Auckland (Reuters)

    All too often it's the negative aspects of sport that become memorable: the shocking, the embarrassing, the controversial.

    But occasionally a moment comes along which perfectly encapsulates all that is good about healthy competition and the contrasting emotions that are so often found at the very biggest sporting events.

    When such a moment emerges, it is rightly cherished - and one such image emerged in the wake of New Zealand's thrilling Cricket World Cup semi-final victory over South Africa, with fans across the world hailing the sportsmanship and compassion of New Zealand's Grant Elliott

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  • Chris Gayle photo dupes fans hours after he scored World Cup's first ever 200

    A photo of the 'Instagram Playboy' alongside some scantily clad females in a hot tub started circulating on Twitter - but was it all it seemed?

    Chris Gayle and his friendsChris Gayle and his friends

    On Tuesday, Chris Gayle recorded the highest ever score at the cricket World Cup, hitting 215 before being caught out on the final ball of the innings.

    [CHRIS GAYLE HITS RECORD KNOCK]

    His legendary status as one of the West Indies' all-time greats has certainly been confirmed after he guided his team to a total of 2-372 against Zimbabwe on Tuesday.

    And a photo of the batsman dubbed 'Instagram Playboy' unintentionally duped fans after the Windies' victory when the shot of himself alongside some scantily clad females in a hot tub started circulating on Twitter.

    However, Twitter was left

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  • 'Missing' poster in Australia risks upsetting England ahead of World Cup

    Posters around Australia have risked angering England's cricketers ahead of the World Cup opener.

    The poster in Melbourne (Twitter)The poster in Melbourne (Twitter)

    There was always going to be something to upset England ahead of this Cricket World Cup, wasn't there?

    Photos of an Aussie poster of 'missing balls' has gone viral after it was placed around Melbourne ahead of the crunch Pool A opener between the old rivals on Saturday.

    The 'Missing' poster has seemingly found its way onto billboards and subways across Melbourne, the city which will be hosting the eagerly-anticipated opening match of the tournament.

    "Missing: Pair of balls," the poster began.

    "If found please return to the English cricket team. #MissingBalls".

    [COUNTDOWN TO OPENER: AUSTRALIA

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  • Ex-England fast bowler Steve Harmison enters football management

    Steve Harmison insists that entering football management is 'not a publicity stunt'.

    Steve Harmison celebrates winning the Ashes for England with Andrew Flintoff (PA Sport)Steve Harmison celebrates winning the Ashes for England with Andrew Flintoff (PA Sport)

    Former England cricketer Steve Harmison has been named as the surprise manager of Northern League Division One side Ashington, marking an unusual cross-sport switch.

    The two-time Ashes winner, who played 63 Tests and 58 one-day internationals for his country, will take charge of his hometown club, which sits in the ninth tier of English football, alongside head coach Lee Skinner and Lee Anderson.

    Chairman Ian Lavery said on the club's official website: "All three have a wealth of experience in the sporting world and together can build on the success that Ashington Football Club have had since

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  • Cricket spectator catches ball without spilling his beer

    The cricket fan won't forget this brilliant catch in a hurry.

    A cricket spectator in Australia is being billed as a "legend" after pulling off an amazing catch while holding his beer intact simultaneously.

    The man was watching Day 2 of the fourth and final test between Australia and India at the Sydney Cricket Ground when the ball came flying towards him.

    While many would have dropped their beer or put it down instead, the no-nonsense fan thursted his airm in the air and took the ball with no fuss whatsoever - keeping his beer intact at the same time.

    Reports claim that the man could be in the running for a year's supply of chicken if Channel 9

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  • England legend Geoffrey Boycott 'saddened' over blocked knighthood

    Boycott is saddened that he is apparently being blocked from a knighthood.

    Geoffrey Boycott (Getty)Geoffrey Boycott (Getty)

    Geoffrey Boycott has said he is saddened that he is seemingly being blocked from a knighthood because of a conviction for beating a former girlfriend.

    As a result, the former England cricketer has blamed the French justice system for wrongly finding him guilty and criticised the French courts in response to reports his conviction had led Whitehall officials to veto moves to have him honoured.

    Boycott, 74 and a controversial figure within cricket, was handed a three-month suspended sentence and £5,000 fine at the time by a French court for punching his then partner, Margaret Moore, in the

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