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Balls bats for cricket

Ed Balls, the Schools Secretary, has called on schools to increase the provision of cricket, citing its advantages in the teaching of numeracy. "Cricket is one of the most popular school sports," he said, "and I'm convinced that it can have benefits across the curriculum too.

"Cricket is often called an art and a science - it's time for schools to demonstrate that."

The England and Wales Cricket Board has agreed to provide two sets of 15 tickets for a World Cup Twenty20 game to two schools that suggest the best ways to use the sport to raise standards across the curriculum.

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