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One benefit of the multi-format Women’s Ashes system is that it takes quite a lot for a rubber to be truly dead. So now, despite the series, at large, having been determined on Friday with the trophy in Australia’s safe-keeping for another two years, both sides still have something to play for. The remainder of
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Jake Ball is giving himself “a great chance to play” in the first Ashes Test, according to England’s assistant coach, Paul Farbrace. Ball looked as if he had slipped out of contention after he sustained a sprained ankle while bowling in the first innings of England’s warm-up match in Adelaide last week. He subsequently left
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Tim Paine, Cameron Bancroft and Shaun Marsh will replace Matthew Wade, Matt Renshaw and Glenn Maxwell in Australia’s Ashes Test team to face England at the Gabba after the national selectors confirmed their squad on Friday morning. Steven Smith (capt), David Warner (vice-capt), Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Shaun Marsh, Tim Paine (wk), Mitchell
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Mark Stoneman admitted life was likely to get “a hell of a lot” tougher next week after registering his first century in an England shirt. Stoneman, who has passed 50 in every innings of the tour, dominated an inexperienced Cricket Australia attack on an easy-paced deck in recording England’s first hundred since they arrived. With
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Play 01:01 ‘We’ve got to be fearless’ – Knight “He’s a very busy man,” Australian captain Rachael Haynes said after Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull visited her team. He sure is: taking a curtain call yesterday after the successful same-sex marriage survey, this morning honouring the men’s football
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A blast from England’s past appeared in Townsville on the opening day of their final warm-up match. Early on in the day, listed at No. 6 in England’s line-up was “Prior”. Matt Prior was an integral part of England’s 2010-11 Ashes success Down Under, but the tour three years later had fewer happy memories as
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England have suffered a fresh injury concern ahead of the Ashes after Jonny Bairstow was forced off the field on the first day of the warm-up match in Townsville. Bairstow, England’s wicketkeeper, appeared to hurt a finger on his left hand after struggling to collect a delivery from Chris Woakes that bounced just in front
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England have rejected the contention of Australia’s coach Matthew Mott that only one team went into the women’s Ashes Test match with genuine intent to win it. While the England coach Mark Robinson and the captain Heather Knight kept their counsel on the eve of a tour match against the Governor General’s XI in Sydney
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Joe Root, the England captain, feels the side is better prepared for the level of aggression they may encounter in the Ashes than they were four years ago. Root dismissed the talk that England “feared” the Australian bowling attack as “a load of rubbish” and urged Australia to “bring it on.” But he did accept
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English cricket is facing an epidemic of bowling injuries due to poor training and development policies that threatens to “kill the art of fast bowling”, according to one highly respected coach. Steffan Jones, whose recent spell with Hobart Hurricanes won praise from Stuart Broad and Dan Christian, has warned fast bowlers are not being looked
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Moeen Ali has declared himself fit and ready to take on Australia in next week’s first Test at Brisbane, after overcoming the side strain that has kept him out of action for the last ten days. Moeen, who picked up the injury during the squad’s first middle practice in Perth, missed England’s first two warm-up
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Matt Renshaw, born in Teesside, is desperate to mark the first anniversary of his breakthrough into Australia’s Test side by facing England for the first time. It would be a special moment for Renshaw, a Newcastle United fan who moved to Australia at the age of 10, and who has been dubbed in one English
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Australia’s coach Matthew Mott has criticised England’s approach to the inaugural day-night women’s Test match, questioning whether the visitors ever had genuine intentions of trying to win after they showed little willingness to take the game on after opting to bat first on a pristine North Sydney Oval pitch. In a result that left the
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England 280 (Beaumont 70, Knight 62, Perry 3-59) and 2 for 206 (Knight 79*, Elwiss 41*) drew with Australia 9 for 448 dec (Perry 213*) Heather Knight sweeps one away Getty Images England’s captain Heather Knight held firm as the visitors scrounged a draw from the inaugural day-night women’s Test, leaving the Ashes in the balance
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Australia 177 for 5 (Perry 70*) trail England 280 (Perry 3-52) by 103 runsScorecard and ball-by-ball details Ellyse Perry holds the key to Australia’s fortunes on day three after England made steady inroads against the hosts on day two of the women’s Ashes Test at North Sydney Oval. Though losing regular wickets in daylight, Perry’s
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James Anderson has been named as England’s Test vice-captain. He will act as Joe Root’s deputy in Australia for as long as Ben Stokes remains unavailable. Anderson, 35, is the leader of the bowling attack and, although he does not have much experience of captaincy, one of the squad’s most senior players. With Stokes currently
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England 293 and 5 for 0 (Stoneman 4*, Cook 1*) lead Cricket Australia XI 233 for 9 dec (Paine 52, Milenko 50, Crane 3-78) by 65 runsScorecard and ball-by-ball details The sight of a 41-year-old – even a 41-year-old as fit as Paul Collingwood – fielding at mid-on summed up the extent of England’s injury
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