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INDIA v ENGLAND – DAVID LLOYD: Get on with the flipping game, India… You"re 2-1 down, says Bumble

BUMBLE TEST DIARY: Get on with the flipping game, India… You're 2-1 down! I was expecting someone to bring you tea and sarnies

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14:53 GMT, 13 December 2012

AN INDIAN TEA PARTY

These unofficial breaks during play
are taking the absolute mickey. At one stage yesterday, the players took
about 10 minutes for drinks and there was another break when I thought
they were having an Indian tea party. MS Dhoni got a neck rub and I was
half-expecting someone to bring out a brew and some sarnies! Get on with
the flipping game! India are 2-1 down but they seemed to think it was
15 overs an hour maximum. Staggering.

India's Yuvraj Singh rides his motorbike that he recieved for his Man of the Match award with team mate MS Dhoni

Sandwiches

On yer bike, lads: MS Dhoni (driving Yuvraj on a motorbike in 2008, left) and his team have been ambling around on day one like they were at a picnic, rather than playing in a Test match which they must win

A RIGHT OLD FIFTIES THROW-BACK

What a grinder of a day. It was back to the 1950s when everyone scored at two runs an over and everything ended in a draw. The pitch is as dead as a doornail and it's not easy for the players or the spectators. India also set defensive fields and England's score of 199-5 might be worth a lot more than that. Paul Collingwood predicts this game will finish in three days as the pitch is as 'dry as a riverbed'. He might be right.

Bore draws: It's like being back in the Fifties... Ted Dexter (far left) is poised to field the ball on the first day of the final Test at The Oval during India's tour of England

Bore draws: It's like being back in the Fifties… Ted Dexter (far left) is poised to field the ball on the first day of the final Test at The Oval during India's tour of England

IT WAS COOK'S CALL TO ROOT FOR JOE

I believe Alastair Cook was a massive influence behind the selection of Joe Root. Just a reminder that Kevin Pietersen also came back into the team after Cook's intervention. The captain himself made his debut in India at 21, just like Root, and I think Cook thought “I will have the kid”. Graeme Thorpe is a massive fan of Root's and he played splendidly. England obviously want him in the team and he is a significant selection.

NEW BOYS ARE BORN WINNERS

England have had a problem with the No 6 position, basically since Andrew Flintoff retired. Samit Patel will have been terribly disappointed to be left out but he has not done enough. However, what does Root's selection say to Jonny Bairstow and Eoin Morgan The fact England have gone with a debutant when they are 2-1 up is a pretty decisive move. Nick Compton has also been given a new improved contract so they are obviously happy with him too.

Caught out... in dungarees: Tiny-tot Joe Root grew up to make a fine debut at No 6 today

Caught out… in dungarees: Tiny-tot Joe Root grew up to make a fine debut at No 6 today

Eoin Morgan

England's Jonny Bairstow

Overlooked: Root was selected for the final Test ahead of Eoin Morgan (left) and Jonny Bairstow (right)

I TRUST ENGLAND TO KNOW THEIR ONIONS

The other interesting selection was Tim Bresnan ahead of Graham Onions. Having seen the pitch, I would have gone with a wicket-to- wicket seamer like Onions but I can completely understand why the selectors went with Bresnan. He won't let you down and should also strengthen the batting.

CLASSY KP

Kevin Pietersen will always divide opinion but his innings of 73 was an invaluable knock. He showed great discipline and was ultra patient, batting well within himself. And he was unlucky to get out, the ball stopping on him as he looked to attack. England's other attacking batsman, Matt Prior, continues his fine form. He is just a wonderful player, well within himself.

Grounded innings: Kevin Pietersen hit a responsible - and potentially vital 73 - for England today (FILE IMAGE)

Grounded innings: Kevin Pietersen hit a responsible – and potentially vital 73 – for England today (FILE IMAGE)

Picture Dispute

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England go to Nagpur, back to where it all started for Alastair Cook and Monty Panesar

England go to Nagpur, back to where it all started for Cook and Panesar

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23:29 GMT, 11 December 2012

England's last Test at Nagpur was at the city’s old venue, but it was the start of a new era with Alastair Cook flying in from an A tour in the Caribbean to score 60 and 104 not out on his debut.

It was also Monty Panesar’s first Test, which he marked by claiming Sachin Tendulkar lbw as his maiden wicket.

The first of many: Monty Panesar celebrates bowling Sachin Tendulkar in 2006. He accounted for the Little Master Twice in Mumbai

The first of many: Monty Panesar celebrates bowling Sachin Tendulkar in 2006. He accounted for the Little Master Twice in Mumbai

First Test

(Nagpur, March 1-5, 2006)

England 393 (Collingwood 134) and 297 for 3 (Cook 104no).

India 323 (Kaif 91, Hoggard 6-57) and 260 for 6 (Jaffer 100)

Match drawn

The Little Master later signed the ball, writing on it: ‘To Monty, once in a blue moon, never again mate.’

England’s third debutant in a game that ended in a draw was Somerset’s Ian Blackwell, who scored four runs, failed to take a wicket with his left-arm spin and was never picked again for his country.

First of 23: Alastair Cook celebrates his maiden Test century in Nagpur

First of 23: Alastair Cook celebrates his maiden Test century in Nagpur

The good news for England’s seamers was that Matthew Hoggard returned first-innings figures of 30.5-13-57-6.

World Twenty20 2012: Pallekele reminds England captain Stuart Broad of Kandy

Broad: Pallekele is reminiscent of Kandy, scene of England's greatest T20 triumph

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10:29 GMT, 26 September 2012

England had their first glimpse of Pallekele on Wednesday, and immediately felt at home in their bid to retain the ICC World Twenty20 title.

Captain Stuart Broad saw reminders everywhere, at the picturesque stadium near Kandy, of the scene of England's 2010 success in this tournament in the West Indies.

There is no sea view, of course, at this inland venue. But otherwise it was not difficult, as England prepared to practise before their first Super Eight match against West Indies, to see exactly what Broad was getting at.

Bowled over: Broad has noticed the similarities between Kandy and Pallekele

Bowled over: Broad has noticed the similarities between Kandy and Pallekele

He was in the ranks when England won their first and still only International Cricket Council global trophy, under the captaincy of Paul Collingwood, two years ago.

This time, they are at least through to the second stage and know they are only four wins away, in five remaining matches, from lifting the silverware again.

'It's my first time at the ground, and it looks a fantastic ground,' said Broad.

'It reminds me a bit of the Caribbean grounds, so it brings back good memories.'

To sustain the feel-good factor, Broad's England will need to play much better against the Windies than they did in their final Group A match in Colombo – where India trounced them by a record margin.

Final preparations: England are hoping to win the next five matches to retain their crown

Final preparations: England know they are only five matches away from retaining their crown

Final preparations: England are hoping to win the next five matches to retain their crown

'It was important to get through the group stages, and this is where it starts for us,' added Broad.

'We are only five games away from winning the World Cup, but it's important we don't look at it like that and break it down into small bits, starting with the West Indies.'

Broad's opposite number Darren Sammy echoed those sentiments, on behalf of his team, and is unperturbed that West Indies have reached this stage without a victory yet – having qualified via a rain-shortened defeat against Australia and then a no-result with Ireland, when bad weather again intervened in Colombo.

'I don't think that's important at all,' said Sammy. 'One of our first objectives was to get to the Super Eights – and now we're here.'

Waiting game: West Indies have played and lost their only completed match of the tournament

Waiting game: West Indies lost their only completed match of the tournament thus far

EXCLUSIVE: Jos Buttler and Eoin Morgan can fire England to T20 glory, says Paul Collingwood

EXCLUSIVE: Buttler and Morgan can fire England to World T20 glory, says Collingwood

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22:41 GMT, 16 September 2012

England will set about defending their World Twenty20 crown this week with a timely endorsement ringing in their ears.

According to Paul Collingwood, the team that has arrived in Sri Lanka is better than the one he led to glory in the Caribbean more than two years ago.

It is some call. Kevin Pietersen, player of the tournament in 2010, has been ostracised.

Edge of glory: Jos Buttler can take England to World T20 victory according to Paul Collingwood

Edge of glory: Jos Buttler can take England to World T20 victory according to Paul Collingwood

The international career of Ryan Sidebottom, their joint-leading wickettaker in that competition, is finished.

And Mike Yardy, whose dart-like slow left-armers cost only 6.80 runs an over, is no longer part of the set-up after suffering from depression.

But Collingwood, who remains the only man to have captained England to a global trophy, is adamant that Stuart Broad's side – currently top of the world rankings – have got every chance of repeating the heist he engineered in the West Indies.

'The players involved last time round have improved by two years,' he told Sportsmail.

'Some of them have had experience in the Big Bash and the IPL and other high-pressure situations, and they understand the Twenty20 game a lot more. I honestly think it's a better team than it was last time. I think we've got a great chance.'

Central to England's hopes, Collingwood believes, will be Eoin Morgan, who now supplies the middle order X factor in Pietersen's absence, as well as Jos Buttler, suddenly feted as a match-winner after his extraordinary 10-ball 32 not out against South Africa at Edgbaston.

'Up until then everybody was questioning whether Buttler was good enough, but all of a sudden you've just won a game in 10 balls for England,' said Collingwood.

He's not bad either! Eoin Morgan has been in great form for England of late

He's not bad either! Eoin Morgan has been in great form for England of late

Ostracised: Kevin Pietersen was the player of the tournament when England won in 2010

Ostracised: Kevin Pietersen was the player of the tournament when England won in 2010

'That will give everyone a lot of confidence. And when you've got the quality of Eoin Morgan, these guys can do what KP did last time round – they can win not just games but World Cups.'

But would Collingwood, 36, who will represent Perth Scorchers at South Africa's Twenty20 Champions League next month, want Pietersen in his side if he were still captain

'I think people forget KP made the decision himself,' he said. 'Everyone is embroiled in what's gone on recently, but KP decided not to play Twenty20 a few months ago, so the planning for this was way back – before everything that's gone on in the Tests.'

England's success in 2010, when they overcame a sticky start to win successive matches against Pakistan, South Africa, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and, in the final, Australia, was in part the product of meticulous planning.

The team analyst Nathan Leamon worked out, for example, that bouncers were more effective in Twenty20 than yorkers – and Collingwood quickly worked out that slow bouncers in particular would best exploit the often windy conditions.

Good knock: Buttler hit 32 runs off 10 balls against South Africa

Good knock: Buttler hit 32 runs off 10 balls against South Africa

They also opted for Sidebottom ahead of Jimmy Anderson after Collingwood noticed the impact left-arm seamers had been having in the IPL.

And opener Michael Lumb was given free rein in the first six overs.

'If everyone in the team understands what their roles are, then if people make a mistake it's not frowned upon,' said Collingwood.

'They've got to make sure they get everyone in the right positions as early as they can.

'But Stuart's got a very sharp brain. He understands the good things we did last time, and I'm sure he'll take them into this tournament. He'll also have his own ideas about what to do. I'll be excited watching it.'

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When and where

When and where

Kevin Pietersen saga: Should he stay or should he go?

The Pietersen saga: Should he stay or should he go (to India)

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21:18 GMT, 15 September 2012

Should he stay or should he go Pietersen

Should he stay or should he go Pietersen

In modern times no one in cricket has polarised opinion like Kevin Pietersen.

To some he is the best batsman in the world, to others, reportedly including inside the England dressing room, he is an unwanted prima donna.

Dropped by England for the final Test against South Africa after it was revealed he had sent ‘provocative’ text messages about Andrew Strauss to South Africa’s players, Pietersen was not offered an England central contract.

With the naming of England’s tour squad delayed until Tuesday, The Mail on Sunday canvassed opinions from leading cricket figures as to whether the controversial batsman should be included…

Paul Collingwood, former England captain: No

‘Emotions are still very raw. I believe Kevin will play for England again, but any decision that is made must last for the next few years and not be a short fix. Both sides should be clear that he will return only when the time is right and not just because we are going to India and it is the hardest challenge.

‘That is a decision Andy Flower and Alastair Cook have to make. A happy camp usually plays better than a disgruntled one and going to India of all places, with his Indian Premier League contacts, will not help.

‘India is a place which can test team spirit at the best of times. You definitely have to be very together in a place like that because it can be tough – not just on the field, but off it as well.’

Old friends: Paul Collingwood (left) with Kevin Pietersen

Old friends: Paul Collingwood (left) with Kevin Pietersen

Marcus Trescothick, former England team-mate: Yes

‘We played against Kevin at Taunton the other week and I’d forgotten how good he is. When you’re playing in the same game and, as captain you’re trying to set a field to him, it’s a flipping nightmare.

‘You watch his innings in the Headingley Test, and while others were battling to survive, he was whacking Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn around as though he was in the schoolyard – a different league.

‘I sympathise with the England management but I’d like to think they can sort things out because he is so vital.’

Ray Illingworth, former England captain and selector: No

‘It looks to me that Andy Flower is against his return from a team spirit point of view. If that is the way Andy is thinking, I would support him. He has been closer to this problem than anyone.

‘The whole thing has gone on far too long. I would have made Pietersen apologise publicly. He would have had to eat some humble pie. If he had done that, we would have got on with the cricket.

‘KP thinks he is bigger than the game. He forgets that cricket is a team game. Men with egos like that would have been slapped down long before this in my day.’

Strained relationship: Pietersen and head coach Andy Flower (right)

Strained relationship: Pietersen and head coach Andy Flower (right)

David Gower, former England captain: Yes

‘It would be a crying shame if Kevin Pietersen never played for England again. It depends largely on Alastair Cook as to how he thinks he can deal with KP, and Alastair must be absolutely certain he has the support of the dressing room. If they can forgive KP and can work with him, their chances of success in India improve dramatically.’

Angus Fraser, Middlesex boss and ex-England bowler: No

‘Picking him now would set a dangerous precedent: that you can behave as badly as he has allegedly behaved and you are quickly forgiven because you can play a bit.

‘What sort of message does that send through the system All of a sudden clubs playing on a Saturday afternoon have a player who behaves like a twerp and, no, it’s all right, we’ve got to play him because that is what England did.

‘If Pietersen wasn’t as good as he is, we wouldn’t be talking about him. It’s like saying, “You can play a bit so you can behave any way you want”.’

Exiled: Pietersen spent the last few weeks of the season playing for Surrey

Exiled: Pietersen spent the last few weeks of the season playing for Surrey

Exiled: Pietersen spent the last few weeks of the season playing for Surrey

Mark Butcher, former England captain: Yes

‘I think the fact they’re delaying the announcement of the squad to tour India is significant. It leaves the door open for him to go, and I hope he does. I hope they get the sorry mess sorted out so they can get back to picking the best available team. As a former England player and a fan I don’t really care about what’s been going on behind closed doors.

‘It’s unfortunate that certain stuff has got out into the wider public arena. That’s not good for the game, but I hope they can come to some sort of agreement.’

Bob Willis, former England captain: Maybe

‘When I was captain I made the mistake of leaving out Phil Edmonds, who was a difficult character, for lesser bowlers. I wouldn’t want the Pietersen aftermath to be interpreted as him seeing off Andrew Strauss, but I think Alastair Cook and Andy Flower want the strongest side available and KP would be in that.

‘I think his behaviour has been appalling, but you want your best side … if Cook and Flower are happy and the rest of the team are. They would like a full and complete apology from him, not emails from his agent, then try to start again if they can.’

Darren Gough, former England bowler: Yes

‘There are issues with the parody Twitter account and there are issues with things that were written in players’ books about Kevin that were just not right. But at the same time, some of Kevin’s words have not been acceptable. Nasser Hussain and I used to argue like cat and dog. He got the best out of me. Alastair Cook is determined to take the best side he can to India. We all know that Kevin is in the best team. I’m hopeful he’ll be in the team.’

Kevin Pietersen saga: Emotions still too raw for return – Peter Hayter

Peter Hayter: Emotions are too raw at the moment to allow KP to return to England's team

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21:20 GMT, 15 September 2012

Barring a dramatic turn of events at the 11th hour, Kevin Pietersen appears certain to be out of England’s squad for the tour of India when it is announced on Tuesday, just as his name was absent from the original selection made almost a week ago.

Time is certainly running out for Pietersen and the England camp to strike a last-minute deal to enable him to travel on the first leg of the winter Test tours.

The signs are that a series of meetings, described as amicable in nature, have produced some progress towards a resolution of the issues that led to Pietersen being dropped for the final Test against South Africa at Lord’s and missing out on an England central contract.

Isolated figure: Pietersen is unlikely to travel to India with England's Test squad

Isolated figure: Pietersen is unlikely to travel to India with England's Test squad

Yet it appears the fall-out from the revelation that he sent text messages to ‘close friends’ in the South African dressing room containing offensive remarks about Andrew Strauss is still too great and feelings within the England camp still too raw for Pietersen to be welcomed back.

Opinion is split in the game over Pietersen’s future, as revealed by a poll of former captains and team-mates by The Mail on Sunday. But at least one former team-mate, Paul Collingwood, believes Pietersen should stay at home this winter.

‘Emotions are still very raw,’ he said. ‘I do believe Kevin will play for England again but the one thing England will make sure of is that the decision they make is not just for a short fix but for the next few years.

‘There is a need for the emotions to die down and for both sides to be clear he will be back in when the time is right and not just because we are going to India and it is the hardest challenge.

‘A happy camp usually plays better than a disgruntled one and going to India, with his Indian Premier League contacts, will not help. India is a place which can test team spirit at the best of times. You’ve definitely got to be very together in a place like that because it can be tough, not just on the field but off it as well.’

Back to the day job: Pietersen has been in form for Surrey

Back to the day job: Pietersen has been in form for Surrey

When England announced last week that
they were delaying the announcement of the squad, some believed the door
was being kept open for final talks which could yet swing the decision
in Pietersen’s favour.

It was claimed that Strauss’s successor Alastair Cook and coach Andy Flower may be prepared to countenance his return, having taken soundings over whether Pietersen could be accommodated within the dressing room without damaging team spirit. Without him, England would be taking an inexperienced top six to India.

The contrary view was that England were sticking to their guns but wanted an extension on two grounds. First, they needed to make sure any legal niceties regarding a possible case for constructive dismissal had been covered. Second, they wanted Flower and his England World T20 squad to be in Colombo before showing their hand.

A fresher view was that Pietersen had been asked to travel to India and also commit himself to England for the whole of their Test tour of New Zealand but had asked for more time to respond. Or that he had turned the offer down.

It has been said that Pietersen has sought to explain why he has not been able to engage with the team as they would have liked. He has felt it difficult, or even inappropriate, to express himself in a dressing room run by one man who replaced him as captain – Strauss – and another he wanted removed as assistant coach when he demanded the sacking of Peter Moores.

Decisions to make: Andy Flower (right) and Alastair Cook (left) will not want to disrupt team harmony

Decisions to make: Andy Flower (right) and Alastair Cook (left) will not want to disrupt team harmony

Whatever Piers Morgan may have broadcast on Twitter, both sides also appear to agree that alleged links between Graeme Swann, Stuart Broad and James Anderson and the now defunct KP Genius parody twitter account were not as much of an issue to the player as it seems to have been to his celebrity supporter.

Morgan last week accused the trio of conspiring to wreck Pietersen’s career and Anderson of being an ‘egocentric berk’. Swann is the only one to have responded publicly by tweeting: ‘Sorry to disappoint all you Piers Morgan fans but KP’s parody had nothing to do with me. I suggest a warm cocoa and an early night.’

More central to the discussions, it has been said, have been Pietersen’s long-term and unconditional commitment to the England cause and the full and frank disclosure of the exact content of the text messages.

Pietersen’s main opponents in the dressing room have not altered their belief that his behaviour towards Strauss was reprehensible and probably unforgivable.

For an accommodation to happen, Pietersen would have to convince the England players that his commitment to their cause is not merely pragmatic and that they would have no more trouble from him in future.

In the end, however, it appears Pietersen has run out of time.

Stuart Broad ready to put captaincy skills to the test as England eye back-to-back World Twenty20 triumphs

Broad ready to put captaincy skills to the test as England eye back-to-back triumphs

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12:37 GMT, 15 September 2012

Stuart Broad believes he is ready to lead England to back-to-back ICC World Twenty20 trophies, despite his lack of experience both as England captain and a sprint format cricketer.

Broad has already acknowledged others in his squad have inevitably become more attuned to the demands of Twenty20 cricket in domestic competitions, while his opportunities have been strictly limited by a relentless Test and one-day international schedule.

Even after 16 months in the job, his CV as captain contains a sparse sample of fixtures on which to be judged – or learn his trade.

All set: Broad and the rest of the captains line up before the ICC World Twenty20

All set: Broad and the rest of the captains line up before the ICC World Twenty20

Specifically, thanks to an injury last autumn and the Spartan diet of international Twenty20s outside biennial world tournaments, Broad has captained England nine times and achieved a marginally favourable split of five wins to three losses in his eight completed matches.

He was in predictably optimistic mood, especially following England's impressive series-levelling win over South Africa on Wednesday, after disembarking in Colombo.

Broad concedes his captaincy is still developing, but is excited at the chance to follow in Paul Collingwood's steps, who became the first English skipper to win an International Cricket Council global tournament.

Asked if he feels ready for the significant challenge, he said: 'Yes, I do. I've worked very hard with the guys; the squad's been very focused on this world tournament.'

Baptism of fire: Broad is ready to put his captaincy skills to the test

Baptism of fire: Broad is ready to put his captaincy skills to the test

Time has been short, of course, and will continue to be so before England begin their warm-up campaign – against Australia, no less – on Monday.

'I've been in the job nearly 18 months, but not had more than a week in charge at a time,' he added.

'So this is a great opportunity to have a month in charge and really develop my skills as a captain and also see what the guys are like in a longer period of time.

'It's an exciting month for me, and the guys are really focused on this “World Cup”, and it's a joy to see.'

Twenty-six-year-old Broad will be put off by neither his inexperience, nor the ongoing controversy surrounding Kevin Pietersen and the possibility of his return to the England fold in time for the imminent Test tour of India.

Pleased to make your acquaintance: Broad shakes hands with Australian counterpart George Bailey

Pleased to make your acquaintance: Broad shakes hands with Australian counterpart George Bailey

The England captain also dismisses the direct relevance, in a tournament full of firepower, of his team's world No 1 status.

'I don't think form, (back in) January time, comes into it; it's all about when you get to the world tournament and you try to get your momentum here, and that's what we're looking to do.

'Rankings, when you get into a World Cup, don't mean a huge amount. You look through this World Cup, and there are five or six teams who could win it – it's really hard to choose.

'Of course, we're proud to be No 1 and proud to have won the World Cup last time. But the rankings don't mean anything when you step out on to that field.

'There are some very good teams here, some amazing players here, and we need to perform at our best.'

John McCarthy death: Port Adelaide Power footballer dies in Las Vegas

Tragedy strikes Aussie Rules as star McCarthy is found dead outside Las Vegas hotel

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09:12 GMT, 10 September 2012


Tragedy: McCarthy was pronounced dead on Sunday

Tragedy: McCarthy was pronounced dead on Sunday

Australian Football League side Port Adelaide have confirmed the death of midfielder John McCarthy in Las Vegas.

McCarthy, who played 21 matches for the Power in 2012 after leaving Collingwood 12 months ago in search of greater opportunities, was in the Nevada city on an end-of-season trip with his team-mates.

Port Adelaide chief executive Keith Thomas told a news conference that, although details remain sketchy, he understood McCarthy fell from a building in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The other players in the travelling party – Travis Boak, Matthew Broadbent, Alipate Carlile, Brett Ebert, Hamish Hartlett, Tom Logan, Andrew Moore, Paul Stewart, Jackson Trengove and Justin Westhoff – are to return home to Australia.

'John embraced Port Adelaide and we embraced him, and we are deeply shocked and saddened by his passing,' Thomas said.

'He was a very popular player among his team-mates and our supporters. John played 21 of 22 games this season for Port Adelaide and was a valued member of our team who quickly won the respect and friendship of us all.

'He will be greatly missed by everyone at
Port Adelaide and we extend our sympathies to his parents Shane and
Cath, his brother Matt, sisters Frances, Elizabeth and Jane, his
girlfriend Dani and his extended family and network of friends.'

Prospect: McCarthy was only 22 years old

Prospect: McCarthy was only 22 years old

McCarthy, who played 18 games for the Magpies in four seasons after debuting in 2008, was just 22.

Collingwood players will wear black armbands in Saturday night's clash against West Coast as a sign of respect to McCarthy.

'This tragic news has come as a shock to everyone at the Collingwood Football Club,' Collingwood president Eddie McGuire said.

'John was an exceptional young man in the prime of his life with the whole world ahead of him.

'We are devastated to hear of his passing, and our hearts go out to his loving parents Shane and Catherine, his family and friends.

'We are proud that John wore the black and white jumper and his contribution to our club will never be forgotten.'

McCarthy's father, Shane, played three matches for Geelong in 1970 and '71 while his brother Matthew played 22 matches for the Cats between 2003 and '06.

Graham Onions takes nine wickets and a run out as Notts are savaged by Durham seamer

Onions takes nine wickets and a run out as Notts are savaged by Durham seamer

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22:19 GMT, 16 August 2012

Seamer Graham Onions had a hand in all 10 wickets to fall as Durham took a narrow lead over LV= County Championship title hopefuls Nottinghamshire.

Onions – released from the England squad at Lord's in the third and final Test against South Africa – drove up from London to take the new ball for the visitors and finished with a career-best nine for 67.

The 29-year-old looked set for the first 10-wicket innings haul in English cricket since 2007 until he ran out Luke Fletcher with a direct hit from backward square leg.

Fantastic day: Onions

Fantastic day: Onions

Onions' stunning display left Notts all out for 154, Paul Franks making 53, after Durham had earlier been bowled out for 194, and Durham closed the day on 27 without loss in their second innings.

Sixteen wickets fell on a highly eventful day at Trent Bridge, with Notts requiring less than 39 overs to dismiss Durham from their overnight 85 for four, before they themselves were sent packing by Onions in 42.3 overs.

Fletcher added to his two overnight wickets when Paul Collingwood was caught at gully before Ben Phillips had Dale Benkenstein caught in the slips edging a loose drive.

The wickets continued to fall at regular intervals and it was left to last pair Mark Wood and Chris Rushworth to post the highest partnership of the innings, Rushworth sweeping Graeme White for six before Wood was caught behind off the spinner on the stroke of lunch.

Onions appeared to replace Mitch Claydon at the start of the afternoon session and immediately settled into the perfect rhythm, finding a good line and length and seeing off Alex Hales lbw with the sixth ball of the innings.

That delivery kept low and the right-arm fast bowler also picked up Riki Wessels with a similar delivery, having already sent Michael Lumb and Adam Voges back to the pavilion.

Onions also benefited from some poor shots from the Notts batsmen as well as some generous umpiring decisions from Stephen Gale.

Steven Mullaney was particularly aggrieved to be given lbw to a ball that looked like it was going high while Franks' bold, counter-attacking half-century was also ended lbw, although the delivery appeared to pitch outside leg.

Having picked up the first eight wickets, Onions then ran out Fletcher at the non-striker's end after the Notts seamer hesitated about a single to square leg.

Andy Carter was then cleaned up to leave Durham 40 ahead, an advantage which openers Will Smith and Mark Stone extended to 67 by the close.

Paul Collingwood is new Durham captain

Ex- England batsman Collingwood replaces Mustard as Durham captain

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17:52 GMT, 2 July 2012

Former England batsman Paul Collingwood is to replace Phil Mustard as Durham's LV= County Championship captain for the rest of this summer.

Collingwood, who retired from Test cricket at the end of England's 2010/11 Ashes victory in Australia, has not played for his country since last year's World Cup.

But the 36-year-old remains a central figure for his native county, four-day champions in 2008 and 2009 but currently bottom of the Division One table at the halfway point of the season.

Main man: Paul Collingwood will captain county side Durham

Main man: Paul Collingwood will captain county side Durham

Collingwood will take charge for the first time, in place of ex-England limited-overs wicketkeeper Mustard, away to Worcestershire next week.

He said: 'I'm excited to have the opportunity to use my experience to help us progress in the LV= County Championship and get us back to winning ways.'

Durham head coach Geoff Cook added: 'We're delighted that Paul has agreed to take on the captaincy and lead the side in the four-day competition.

Outgoing: Phil Mustard (left) is stepping down as Durham's captain

Outgoing: Phil Mustard (left) is stepping down as Durham's captain

'Paul's international experience is an excellent asset to the team, at a time when we need to be delivering our best results.

'We are grateful for Phil Mustard's efforts as captain, and he remains an integral part of the team as a key contributor behind the stumps and with the bat.'