From the Back Pages, October 19: West Indies’ Test future in doubt as crisis hits international cricket

From the back pages
From the back pages

International cricket has been plunged into crisis by a row over pay between the West Indies players and their board that has led to the abrupt termination of their tour of India. There are now doubts over the West Indies team’s next series in South Africa, their participation in the World Cup early next year, and even their future in Test cricket – which would have a direct impact on England, who are due to play a three‑match series in the Caribbean next spring. (The Guardian)

Dusan Tadic and Graziano Pelle star as Saints continue outstanding start with Black Cats rout. (The Independent)

Manchester City 4 Tottenham 1: Sergio Agüero is deadly at the best of times. When he is given this sort of invitation to wreak havoc, there is only ever likely to be one outcome. (The Times)

It’s become a tradition that when Jose Mourinho visits Selhurst Park, he writes the first answer of his press ­conference on to a reporter’s notepad. Last season when Chelsea’s title bid was severely damaged by a 1-0 defeat at this south London bearpit, Mourinho was asked what his team were lacking – and he scribbled the word ‘BALLS’. Asked yesterday why they had passed this same test of fire with a certain degree of stone-cold majesty, the manager jotted down ‘BIG BALLS’. (The Mirror)

How Hull City relish springing unpleasant surprises on Arsenal. Steve Bruce’s men zipped into a two-goal lead within eight minutes in the FA Cup final in May. They could not hold on that day and they failed again at the last on Saturday, though this was a very different story. (The Telegraph)

Ross Barkley helped Everton return to winning ways on his big comeback, and nobody was happier at Goodison than watching England assistant coach Ray Lewington. Barkley, 20, was called up by Roberto Martinez for his first game of the season after suffering knee ligament damage in training in August. (Daily Mail)

WEST HAM continued their solid start to the season with a 3-1 win over Burnley at Turf Moor this afternoon. (The Express)