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Michael Clarke's daughter Kelsey Lee is priority; refuses details on relationship with Pip Edwards

18 hours ago  
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Former Australia cricket captain Michael Clarke has revealed that while his life may not be ideal right now, his priority remains his daughter Kelsey Lee, four, with ex-wife Kyly. "Nothing is ever perfect, but I feel like I am in the right place. The one thing Kyly and I will always do is prioritise our little girl. Kyly is a great mother. When you see our little girl, you see the way Kelsey-Lee is, that's because of her mum, there is no doubt about it," Michael was quoted as saying by The Daily Telegraph. Pip Edwards and Kyly Clarke In February, Michael and Kyly announced that their seven-year marriage was over and they had agreed to co-parent Kelsey Lee. Meanwhile, when asked about his relationship with fashion designer Pip Edwards, Michael refused to give any details. He just said: "I have always tried to keep my personal life as private as I possibly can and right now is no different. It is private, and it is personal, and I do want to be respectful to everyone who is involved." Ca..

Joe Root's message for Ben Stokes as skipper: Do it your way

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Ben Stokes says he will captain England his own way in the first Test against the West Indies following advice from regular skipper Joe Root. Yorkshire batsman Root is missing the opening match of the bio-secure series starting on Wednesday—the first major international cricket fixture since March—to attend the birth of his second child. Vice-captain Stokes, who will lead the side in his absence, was asked by reporters on Tuesday what was the best advice he had received about his new role. "The best message that I have received was when I got my photos done yesterday [Monday] in the blazer," said the star all-rounder. "Rooty" just left a message on the hanger which said 'Do it your way'. Even though Root will not be with the squad at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton for the first Test in the three-match campaign, Stokes said he would not have any qualms about contacting his friend. "Just because Joe is not here doesn't mean I am not going to use him," said Stokes, who will be ..

Covid character

4 days ago  
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International cricket is finally returning after a COVID-19-induced hiatus with an England versus West Indies Test series. It won't quite be cricket as we've known it but nevertheless it'll be something to watch—at least on television—after months of lockdown and longing. For the players, it will be a case of trying to perform at their best in a bio-secure bubble without crowds. This will require the obligatory talent and determination to prosper at the highest level, along with the odd slice of luck. However, there's another ingredient that teams may find helpful in an era of extra tension—the dressing room pest. The guy who, despite all the pressure that builds during a five-day contest, still retains the ingenuity to drive his teammates to distraction with a series of practical jokes. Oh, and it also helps if that same guy can hold up his end of the bargain on the field. It's better his teammates are laughing with him, not at him.In an era of lockdowns, isolation a..

Farewell Everton Weekes, my pal

6 days ago  
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I wrote the first of a number of "Dear Everton" columns in December 1979. The columns afforded an opportunity for levity and were addressed to a mythical Caribbean character named Everton Valentine who'd migrated to Notting Hill in London. I chose the name in honour of two great characters of West Indies cricket; champion batsman Everton Weekes [later knighted] and bespectacled left-arm spinner Alf Valentine. I only met Alf once, along with Rod Marsh I was invited to his home in Jamaica in 1973. It was an enjoyable evening listen to Alf regale us with stories of the 1960-61 tied Test series and completed a memorable double in Kingston. Earlier in the week we'd chatted with the legendary George Headley who the locals honoured by dubbing Sir Donald Bradman "The white Headley". A couple of weeks after those memorable evenings I had the great pleasure of meeting Everton. This is where my admiration for the man commenced and it only grew through the next forty seven years. When we toured th..

Andy Roberts slams Shimron Hetmyer for pulling out of England tour due to COVID-19 scare

11 days ago  
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West Indies pace legend Andy Roberts has slammed batsman Shimron Hetmyer for opting out of the England tour because of health concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Along with senior pro Darren Bravo, Hetmyer pulled out of the tour of UK and forced the Roger Harper-led selection committee to make some last-minute changes. "They would have played an integral part of the batting. As much as we don't like the way Hetmyer has been playing, he is one of the batsmen for the future. But somebody has to get into his head and let him realise that you can't score runs sitting in the pavilion," Roberts said in an episode on Michael Holding's YouTube channel. Holding, Roberts' equally illustrious pace bowling partner through the 1970s and 80s, had called the two batsmen's move "unfortunate". According to Roberts, the challenge for most West Indies batsmen was they "don't really train and practise enough to work the ball into gaps. We believe in boundaries." With the likes of Alzarri Joseph, Chemar ..