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England on Tuesday recalled quick bowlers Mark Wood and David Willey to the 15-member Eoin Morgan-led squad for the International Cricket Council (ICC) Champions Trophy 2017 at home.

Wood, the tall right-arm quick, who recently returned to action after an ankle surgery that kept him out of action for six months, was included in the side with left-arm pacer Willey, who also made a return from injury, having missed playing against the West Indies in March with shoulder trouble.

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The Australian Men’s Sevens team has finished the Singapore 7s in fourth place after falling to England in the Third Place Play Off 12-14.

Australia defeated HSBC Sevens World Series leaders, South Africa in the Quarter Finals with a stunning come from behind 19-17 victory. Progressing to the top four, a quick American outfit accounted for Australia 7-40 before the men in gold fell in a tight battle against England 12-14.

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The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) today announced it had appointed Diana Lewis as its National Talent Manager for women’s cricket.

Lewis, who is currently England Netball’s Performance Pathway Manager, will oversee ECB’s talent development programme aimed at supporting the women’s professional game.

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For many years, an unwritten rule in football said a game lasted 90 minutes. The survey by a sports magazine has now revealed that the actual average playing time in the top four football leagues in Europe is less than 58 minutes - even accounting for added time.

While in Germany's Bundesliga, the actual net playing time is 56 minutes and five seconds, in the English Premier League it is also about 56 minutes. The Spanish La Liga only provides its fans with just under 54 minutes. Italian fans are best off with the Serie A's 57 minutes.

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Germany kept their perfect record with a 4-1 victory over Azerbaijan, while England eased past Lithuania 2-0 in the 2018 football World Cup qualifiers.

Thanks to Andre Schuerrle's brace on Sunday, along with goals from Thomas Mueller and Mario Gomez, Group C leaders Germany joined Switzerland as the only two teams with five consecutive wins. However, the reigning champions conceded their first goal, when Azerbaijan midfielder Dimitrij Nazarov found the back of the net.

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Former Pakistan off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq on Saturday revealed that the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has hired him as a spin bowling consultant for two years.

"ECB has hired my services for two years and I have to work 100 days a year with them. My main duty will be with the England cricket team but I will also work with young and rising spinners in English cricket," Mushtaq was quoted as saying by Pakistani daily Dawn.

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England coach Gareth Southgate has called up Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson for Sunday's 2018 football World Cup qualifier against Lithuania, in place of the injured Chris Smalling. Gibson trained on Friday with the England squad at Tottenham Hotspur's training facility in Enfield, north London.

The Middlesbrough defender comes as a replacement for Smalling, who left the training camp because of injury and returned to Manchester United to be treated.

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