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Jofra Archer bowled consistently above 90mph during his impressive Test debut at Lord's. Picture: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Roddy Smith: Jofra Archer delivers timely bounce for Test cricket

Many people firmly believe that Test cricket is fading in popularity and needs to undergo a rethink. In recent months the ICC has brought in an official Test championship to provide ‘context’ to every game and introduced the first four-day Test. These welcome initiatives, however, have had significantly less impact on the longest format of the game than the debut of Jofra Archer in last week’s second Ashes Test. Archer’s battle with Steve Smith was some of the most compelling and riveting cricket seen for many years.

Lynsey Sharp, right, finished second in the 800m at the Muller Birmingham Grand Prix and Diamond League event at Alexander Stadium. Picture: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Revitalised Lynsey Sharp finding her form at just the right time

Amid two years of frustration
and toil, some wrote Lynsey Sharp off as a contender. At times, she was a sceptic herself. No longer, however, is the 29-year-old mired in the middle of the pack. The former European champion has 
resurrected the self-belief to charge ahead and let others take their shot and it was evident in the latest in a string of assured performances at yesterday’s Diamond League in Birmingham.

Eilish McColgan has spoken of the impact of period pain on her running.  Picture: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Eilish McColgan urges athletes to talk more about periods

It felt, Eilish McColgan declared at the time, like being “kicked in the ovaries” for 20 laps that felt like they’d never end. A race where the European Championship medallist had hoped for a smooth pace but where the onset of her period during the warm-up had knocked body, and then mind, off track.

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