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International Quad Series: England lose 48-45 to South Africa in London

Helen Housby looks dejected as England fall to defeat to South Africa for the first time since 2017 Commonwealth Games champions England lost 48-45 to South Africa in their second Quad Series match at London’s Copper Box Arena. The Roses led early on but South Africa dominated the second and third quarters. England edged ahead again in the fourth period but South Africa, ranked fifth in the world, clung on for victory. “We’ve got to sharpen up, we’ve got to be more clinical,” said England head coach Tracey Neville. “We…

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Differences in GP access across England ‘shocking’

Image copyright Getty Images The variation in the availability of GPs in different parts of England is shocking, doctors’ leaders say. A BBC analysis has found close to a threefold difference between the areas with the most and fewest doctors. In one area – Swale in Kent – there is only one GP for every 3,300 patients, while in Rushcliffe in Nottinghamshire it is just under one for every 1,200. The Royal College of GPs said the shortages put care at risk, but NHS chiefs said issues were being tackled.…

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England in West Indies: Chris Woakes takes 3-31 in warm-up match

Woakes has taken 72 Test wickets in his 26 matches to date Tour match, Cave Hill, Barbados England 379-10: Bairstow 98, Burns 68 CWI President’s XI 233-11: Ambris 94, Woakes 3-31 Chris Woakes claimed 3-31 as England took 11 wickets on the final day of their warm-up match against a Cricket West Indies President’s XI in Barbados. Stuart Broad, who took a hat-trick in the first warm-up game, struck with the day’s first ball before Woakes took his wickets in the afternoon session. In the 12-a-side match, teams could bat…

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England in West Indies: Jonny Bairstow hits 98 in warm-up

Jonny Bairstow has scored six centuries in 60 Tests Tour match, Cave Hill, Barbados England 379-10 (86.4 overs): Bairstow 98, Burns 68, Reifer 3-39 CWI President’s XI: Yet to bat Scorecard Jonny Bairstow scored 98 from 112 balls as England compiled 379-10 on day one of their final warm-up match before the Test series in the West Indies. Bairstow, who made four in the opening tour game, hit 10 fours and two sixes batting at three against a Cricket West Indies President’s XI in Barbados. He shared 118 with Rory…

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Six Nations: England squad the strongest I’ve had – Eddie Jones

Jones took charge of England in the wake of their pool-stage exit from the 2015 World Cup Six Nations 2019: Ireland v England Venue: Aviva Stadium, Dublin Date: Saturday 2 February Kick-off: 16:45 BST Coverage: Live on BBC Radio 5 live, highlights on BBC England boss Eddie Jones believes the squad for the Six Nations opener against Ireland is the strongest he has picked in his time in charge. The Vunipola brothers and Joe Launchbury are among those to return after missing the November Tests. While the likes Dylan Hartley…

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Ireland v England: Dylan Hartley not in squad for Six Nations opener

Hartley scored tries against New Zealand and Japan in the autumn, only his third and fourth scores in 97 England caps Six Nations 2019: Ireland v England Venue: Aviva Stadium Date: Saturday 2 February Kick-off: 16:45 BST Coverage: Live on BBC Radio 5 live Co-captain Dylan Hartley is absent from England’s initial Six Nations squad because of a knee injury. The Northampton hooker has not played in nearly four weeks and will not be available for England’s tournament opener against Ireland on 2 February. Four uncapped players make Eddie Jones’…

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England in West Indies: Stuart Broad takes hat-trick in warm-up game

Stuart Broad finished with 4-19 from 10 overs Warm-up match, Three Ws Oval, Barbados (day two of two): England 317-10: Root 87, Stokes 56, Charles 5-90, C Holder 3-67 CWI President’s XI 203-19: Anderson 4-12, Broad 4-19, Root 3-12 Match drawn Scorecard Stuart Broad took a hat-trick as England’s bowlers claimed 19 wickets on the final day of their first warm-up match in the West Indies. The seamer took the ninth, 10th and 11th wickets against a Cricket West Indies President’s XI, with the rules allowing the hosts to continue…

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England in West Indies: Olly Stone ruled out of tour by back injury

Olly Stone has played four one-day internationals for England Fast bowler Olly Stone has been ruled out of England’s tour of the West Indies because of a back injury. The 25-year-old Warwickshire bowler has sustained a bone stress injury to the left lower back and will return home for further tests this week. England will call up a replacement for the three-Test series, which starts in Barbados on 23 January. Stone made his one-day international debut in Sri Lanka in October but has yet to play a Test. He was…

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England in West Indies: Joe Root hits 87 in first warm-up game

Joe Root scored only 93 runs at an average of 15.50 in seven games in Australia’s Big Bash League in December and January Warm-up match, Three Ws Oval, Barbados (day one of two): England 317-10: Root 87, Stokes 56, Charles 5-90, C Holder 3-67 CWI President’s XI: Yet to bat Scorecard Captain Joe Root hit 87 before England collapsed on day one of their first warm-up match in the West Indies. Root, 27, struck 12 fours and two sixes in his 87-ball innings before falling to Bryan Charles, who claimed…

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Serena Guthrie column: England Quad Series win can set tone for World Cup

Serena Guthrie will captain the England Roses in the Quad Series against New Zealand, South Africa and Australia 2019 Quad Series Venues: Matches in Liverpool and London Dates: 13, 19 & 20 January Coverage: Live radio commentary and text updates of England’s matches on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, BBC Sounds, the BBC Sport website and app. Commonwealth gold medallist Serena Guthrie will captain England Roses in the upcoming International Quad Series against New Zealand, South Africa and Australia. It is vital England do well in the Quad Series.…

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