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Big Picture Seasons don’t come much more festive for Australia than this 2017-18 summer. The Ashes are once again theirs. They lead the series 3-0 and can dream of a whitewash – another whitewash – against an England side that has disappointed in almost every way. For Steven Smith and his men, ’tis the season
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Sam Northeast‘s future at Kent is in doubt after he was unofficially advised that he would not be reconsidered for the captaincy unless he restated his long-term commitment to the club by extending a contract which expires at the end of next season. Northeast’s strained relationship with Kent, first revealed in The Times, is bound
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England have confirmed that Craig Overton is not fit to play in the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne after sustaining a fractured rib. Overton, one of England’s relative success stories in another disappointing Ashes campaign, was first hit in the ribs while batting in Adelaide and took a further blow in the same area while
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Ben Stokes looks set to play the entire IPL season but might not feature for England again before the end of 2018 if he is charged in connection with events outside a Bristol bar in September. While Stokes was recently named in England’s ODI squad for the matches in Australia, he will not appear for
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Ben Stokes has concluded his spell with Canterbury and returned to the UK for Christmas. When Stokes flew to New Zealand last month, it sparked speculation that he could be involved in England’s Ashes campaign but, with the series lost and the CPS still determining whether to press charges against the allrounder for his part
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A world record Test match crowd of more than 91,000 spectators is still expected to roll up to the MCG on Boxing Day in the wake of the car attack on Flinders Street on Thursday that has left 12 people in hospital. Three of those victims remain in a critical condition, while Victoria Police continue
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The scheduling of the county season is making it “tough” for young spinners to develop, according to Mason Crane. A day after Dawid Malan warned against overbowling fast bowlers, Crane has suggested there is “more opportunity” for young spinners in Australia. While Crane, the second spinner in the England squad, is grateful for the support
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David Willey is considering abandoning attempts to play Test cricket for England to concentrate instead on a career as a limited-overs specialist. Willey made the admission in Perth where he is about to begin a third season in the Big Bash League with Perth Scorchers. “I think over the past couple of years, the way
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Dawid Malan has called upon the ECB and the first-class counties to offer more protection to promising fast bowlers in England. Malan, England’s top run-scorer in the Ashes campaign with 302 runs in six innings, has seen at first hand the value of pace as Australia’s attack have hurried and harried England’s batsmen on surfaces
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The Ashes are gone and the prospect of another whitewash looms for England. There will be a huge number of visiting supporters in Melbourne for the Boxing Day Test, so what do they need to do to bring some festive cheer? Stick or twist One of the most obvious differences between the sides has been
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Australia and England’s players are safe and accounted for, after a car drove into a crowd close to Flinders Street Station in Melbourne on Thursday evening. According to reports, between 14 and 16 people were injured as a result of what police are calling a “deliberate act”. The incident took place around 4.45pm local time
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The most honest – and most depressing – comment about England’s Ashes campaign came after the third day of the Perth Test. Reflecting on England’s bowlers’ inability to make a dent in an Australian batting line-up that is, Steve Smith apart, good but unremarkable, the team’s assistant coach, Paul Farbrace, said: “There’s nothing that’s surprised
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England’s coach, Trevor Bayliss, has praised the resolve shown by Craig Overton after he played through the pain of a broken rib during the third Test at the WACA, but admits that England will have to wait and see how he responds to treatment before deciding whether he can be involved in the Boxing Day
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Australia 9 for 662 dec (Smith 239, M Marsh 181, Khawaja 50, Anderson 4-116) beat England 403 (Malan 140, Bairstow 119, Stoneman 56, Starc 4-91, Hazlewood 3-92) and 218 (Vince 55, Malan 54, Hazlewood 5-48) by an innings and 41 runsScorecard and ball-by-ball details Magic man: Everyone wanted a piece of Josh Hazlewood Getty Images If
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England may have been handed an Ashes lifeline after water crept under the covers in Perth overnight and delayed play on the final day. Their coach, Trevor Bayliss, expressed concern that the water on the pitch could make batting “difficult and maybe even a little dangerous” and that as things stand it is “unacceptable” for
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It was a moment that summed up England’s desperate day at the WACA. Gasping for a breakthrough in the post-lunch session, with Steven Smith entrenched on 173 not out and tearing chunks out of their first-innings total of 403, James Anderson went up for an lbw appeal as he wriggled one through Smith’s defences and
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Craig Overton has opted to play on in the third Test in Perth despite being diagnosed with a cracked rib. Overton, who was struck in the ribs while batting against Pat Cummins in the second innings of the second Test in Adelaide, sustained a further blow in a similar area when he dived to take
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