Alastair Cook removed as England ODI captain

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England cricket selectors have today decided to remove Alastair Cook as England ODI. The Three Lions have lost the last four series under the Essex batsman who has been stripped of the role ahead of the World Cup.

Cook's own average has fallen below the 30 mark as well, and with the World Cup coming up it seems as though the ECB have decided to act. The latest defeat came at the hands of Sri Lanka, and the 29-year-old concedes he could be let go from the captaincy role.


I haven't scored the runs I'd like to have - and we haven't won the number of games I'd like to have," said Cook before the decision. "Whether the selectors still think I'm the right man, we'll wait and see."

Man arrested in connection with Crolla attack

A man has been arrested in connection with the attack on boxer Anthony Crolla. The 28-year-old suffered a fractured skull and a broken ankle in a confrontation with burglars.

Greater Manchester Police have confirmed they’ve taken a 17-year-old into custody who has charged with assault, burglary and possession with intent to supply drugs. Trainer Joe Gallagher revealed Crolla was lucky to be alive after the attack.

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He said: "He is in bits and heartbroken. I'm devastated for him. He has been training for six weeks for this and had a shot at the world title in his home town."

Balotelli fined after tweet

And finally, Mario Balotelli has been banned for one game by the FA and also fined £25,000 for posting an anti-semitic message on Twitter.

The Liverpool forward posted a message of the video game character Super Mario, with whom he shares a nickname, along with a message that was deemed to be anti-semitic. Balotelli released a statement last night, which read: "I am sorry that my team-mates and supporters of Liverpool FC have to be penalised for something I did and now come to regret. It is my intention to comply with the decision of the FA and make sure it never happens again."

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