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Australia’s captain Steven Smith was surprised at how the national selectors abandoned Cricket Australia’s previous directive to focus on choosing younger players in their squad for the first Ashes Test, former opener Ed Cowan has revealed. In pleading for greater clarity and consistency in selection policies, Cowan said that Smith had not expected the panel
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If recent net sessions are anything to go by, Australia’s pace trio could be even tougher for England’s batsmen to face than Mitchell Johnson was in 2013-14, captain Steven Smith has said. At the Gabba this week, Australia will for the first time field a Test pace attack consisting of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and
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Matt Prior has dismissed claims he wanted to fly home from the last Ashes tour because he was scared of Mitchell Johnson’s bowling as “laughable”. The claims were made by Nathan Lyon who suggested the entire England team were terrified of Johnson during the 2013-14 series and said he “nearly had to push a couple
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Australia’s coach Darren Lehmann says Shaun Marsh‘s proven ability to play match-winning international innings – albeit sporadically – and greater experience pressed the selectors to return him to the Test team for a ninth time as other batsmen failed to stand up to the pressure of vying for an Ashes berth in the opening Sheffield
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In response to a trio of shock Ashes selections from Australia, former legspinner Shane Warne has declared that England are in prime position heading into the first Test, which starts from November 23 at the Gabba. Australia picked Tim Paine, Shaun Marsh and Cameron Bancroft in a 13-member squad for the first two Tests, leaving
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Tim Paine will play his first Test match in more than seven years as part of an extraordinary Australian Ashes team selection to face England at the Gabba. Cameron Bancroft‘s rich vein of recent domestic form has eclipsed the worth of Matt Renshaw’s sturdy first 10 Tests, while the 34-year-old Shaun Marsh is set to
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South Australia 363 (Weatherald 152, Richardson 4-90) and 5 for 325 (Weatherald 143, Ferguson 88, Holder 3-45) beat Western Australia 7 for 514 dec (Bancroft 228*, Mennie 3-127) and 173 (Shaun Marsh 52, Mennie 3-28) by five wicketsScorecard Jake Weatherald celebrates his second century of the match Getty Images Jake Weatherald‘s centuries in each innings led
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Some days of international cricket are more equal than others. Cricket Australia’s chief executive James Sutherland has revealed how three hours of a single Twenty20 international are worth as much to India television broadcasters as five days of a Test match, a market reality that underlines the parlous state of the game’s longest form without
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Your team is batting. Victory is in sight, with an entire day to spare. And it seems like you won’t be needed at the crease. Nathan Lyon was in paradise at Allan Border Field in Brisbane on Wednesday. At least until he decided to make himself a piece of toast. A few minutes later, an
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South Australia 363 (Weatherald 152, Carey 46*, Richardson 4-90, Moody 3-95) and 1 for 54 (Weatherald 17*, Mennie 8*) need another 271 runs to beat Western Australia 7 for 514 dec (Bancroft 228*, Mitchell Marsh 95, Mennie 3-127, Worrall 2-122) and 173 (Shaun Marsh 52, Mennie 3-28, Sayers 3-45)Scorecard Mitchell Marsh guides one onto the
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Victoria 144 and 2 for 67 (Maxwell 20*, Handscomb 5*) need another 386 runs to beat Tasmania 172 and 2 for 424 decl (Doolan 247*, Paine 71, Bailey 59)Scorecard Alex Doolan raises his bat after notching up his double-hundred Getty Images A second first-class double-century, which Alex Doolan turned into a career-best 247 not out, helped
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New South Wales 271 (Hughes 98*, Neser 3-58) and 4 for 130 (Warner 37, Feldman 3-45) beat Queensland 183 (Khawaja 78*, Copeland 3-33) and 215 (Labuschagne 88, Abbott 4-65, Bollinger 3-66) by six wicketsScorecard Sean Abbott celebrates a wicket Getty Images New South Wales surged to their third successive win of the Sheffield Shield, with a
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Australia have lost fast bowler Lauren Cheatle to a back injury ahead of the pivotal Twenty20 leg of the women’s Ashes series. Sarah Aley, Alex Blackwell, Ashleigh Gardner, Rachael Haynes (capt), Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Molly Strano, Elyse Villani, Amanda-Jade Wellington Needing to win only one of
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Mitchell Starc believes he can bowl far better than he showed in taking a hat-trick in each innings for New South Wales against Western Australia, and pointed to Josh Hazlewood‘s outstanding rhythm in the same match as the ideal counterpoint to the all-out pace he and Pat Cummins wish to deliver against England. The hat-trick
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Josh Hazlewood looks to be in the form of his life before the Ashes, which is just as well, because Australia’s pace-bowling stocks are starting to look far thinner than the national selectors, coaches and medical staff would prefer them to be. Cricket Australia confirmed on Friday that Nathan Coulter-Nile had suffered a recurrence of
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Stumps England women 235 for 7 (Beaumont 72, Knight 62, McGrath 2-35, Perry 2-48) v Australia womenScorecard and ball-by-ball details Ellyse Perry kept the pressure on England at the start Getty Images England held sunlight sway before Australia’s bowlers regathered vital ground under lights on day one of the inaugural day-night women’s Ashes Test at a
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Australia have effectively revealed their full pace attack for the first Ashes Test in Brisbane by withdrawing Josh Hazlewood and Jackson Bird from the third round of the Sheffield Shield in addition to Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins. The decision to have Hazlewood train alongside the other three at the National Cricket Centre – rather
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