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The Spin | Morgan and Mott target white-ball dominance for England in the Netherlands

The strong 14-man squad head for a rare trip to mainland Europe but will do well to match the drama of the Test teamWelcome to The Spin, the Guardian’s weekly (and free) cricket newsletter. He was only 26, full of anticipation for his cricket career ahead and yet to make his full England debut. Here’s an extract from this week’s edition.

He wears it when he goes with his younger brother, Billy, to watch his dad, Matthew, play at the local cricket club. One of them, Craig White, notices the small boy’s head gear. It’s still there after the close of play as he waits with his mum in the car park for the players to emerge. He wears it when he accompanies his mum, Helen, around the shops in Sheffield. To receive the full version every Wednesday, just pop your email in below: An 11-year-old boy wears his cap everywhere, pulled low down over his brow, all the better for displaying the white rose stitched above his eyeline. Being the older brother, the boy bats first, in his cap, while his brother bowls at him on the boundary edge.A few months later the headwear in question, a Yorkshire schoolboy’s cricket cap, is still firmly perched atop the boy’s bright blond hair on a family trip to Trent Bridge to watch Nasser Hussain’s England play India.

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