Graves elected as ECB’s next Chairman

The England and Wales Cricket Board today announced that the 41 members of the ECB had formally approved the constitutional changes proposed by the Board earlier this month; and that Colin Graves has been elected as its next Chairman.

The Yorkshire Chairman and current ECB Deputy Chairman will succeed Giles Clarke who has been ECB Chairman since 2007. The change will take effect following the ECB Annual General Meeting in May.

Edwards leads England to series win

By Martin Davies

There was no fairytale batting contribution from Charlotte Edwards in her 200th game as captain of England women, but she oversaw victory over New Zealand by five wickets to seal a 2-1 Twenty20 series victory.

The tourists chased down the White Ferns’ score of 97 for nine with eight balls to spare. It was Edwards’ 60th T20 international triumph as skipper in the 82 games she has played.

Wright to skipper Sharks in Blast

Luke Wright has taken over from Ed Joyce as Sussex Sharks captain in the NatWest T20 Blast.

Wright, a World Twenty20 winner with England in 2010, has become one of the world’s best T20 players, featuring in several leading format leagues.

The 29-year-old most recently played in the Big Bash League for Melbourne Stars, having just helped Auckland Aces finish second in New Zealand’s competition. He has also represented the now-defunct Pune Warriors in the Indian Premier League.

Vaughan points to England momentum

Former captain Michael Vaughan has backed England to make an impact at the World Cup after successful preparations Down Under.

After a series of impressive outings in the Tri-Series, England beat West Indies by nine wickets yesterday and will face Pakistan tomorrow in the last of their warm-up games before their first match of the competition against Australia on Saturday.

Clarke poised for Australia return

Michael Clarke is set to make his much-anticipated return for Australia in Wednesday’s World Cup warm-up match against United Arab Emirates in Melbourne.

Clarke has been given the green light to captain his country for the first time in two months since needing surgery on a hamstring injury suffered in the first Test against India.

The 33-year-old’s fitness battle has since become the centre point of his country’s World Cup preparations after he was told by Cricket Australia he must prove his readiness to play by February 21.