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Magnificent Smith hauls Australia ever closer to parity
Australia's captain, Steve Smith, inched his side ever closer to first-innings parity with a masterful rearguard century, as a gripping, tactical, low-scoring contest continued to bubble

It's one of the great Ashes romances!
A swimming pool, a beer or two and an Ashes Test in full swing - what better time to pop the question?

Smith leads Australia revival to leave Test in the balance
An absorbing Ashes contest will go into the third day with neither side having made a convincing grab for the upper hand

Vince leads the rabble's rebellion
Australian legend Matthew Hayden called England "no-hopers" and insisted he didn't know who James Vince was. You learn something new every day

Wellington sign Samit Patel for Super Smash T20
The allrounder, who was in remarkable form for Nottinghamshire in the county season, will join the team after completing his stint in the BPL

Vince makes his name but Australia battle back
Mark Stoneman and James Vince added a century stand for the second wicket as England doused some of Australia's fire in the opening Ashes exchanges

Stokes tweets England Ashes message
Ben Stokes, England's absent allrounder, sent a message via social media on the eve of the first Ashes Test wishing his team-mates well in their attempts to retain the urn in Australia

Wood still hopeful of making Ashes impact
Mark Wood has not given up hope of playing in the Ashes and has his eyes fixed on a return in Perth

Time for Australia to quit the trash-talk
The hosts might have to do a quick fact-check about the defending Ashes champions before sparking yet another threat with a "Mitchell Johnson of 2013-14" reference

Ball books XI berth ahead of Overton
Jake Ball will be the fourth member of England's seam attack when the Ashes starts in Brisbane on Thursday

History says Australia but new chapter can be written
England have not won at the Gabba in 31 years and few give them a chance on this occasion, but for all the talk Australia are not without their issues

Thakor career in ruins after Derbyshire release
From the moment that a Derbyshire court found Thakor guilty of sexual exposure, Derbyshire were committed to only one course of action

'We've won four of the last five Ashes series' - Root
Joe Root has admitted England were given a "massive shock" by their experiences in Brisbane four years ago but believes it will be different this time

Trashes to Ashes: England find the calm before the storm
Given their imperfect preparation, England are probably just about as well-placed as they could be going into the series

Wyatt's 56-ball century wipes out Australia
Danielle Wyatt recorded the first-ever century by an England batsman in women's T20Is to set up a record chase in the final T20I, a result that had no bearing on Australia's hold on the Ashes

'It could be your career that ends': Prior steps up war of words with Lyon
Matt Prior, the former England wicketkeeper, has stepped up his war of words with Australia's Nathan Lyon

Pre-series 'trash-talking' makes Cook 'chuckle'
The England batsman respectfully plays down the threat posed by Australia's pace attack, and scars from 2013-14 coming back to haunt the team

Stokes has 'let a lot of people down' - Warner
"At the end of the day he knows he's made a mistake, and it's about him getting the respect back from his players and fellow countrymen," Australia's vice-captain said on Stokes

Stokes breaks Twitter silence to increase buzz around recall
Ben Stokes has fired his first shots of the Ashes series to increase speculation that he could be getting ready to make a return to action

Anthony McGrath named Essex head coach
Essex have promoted Anthony McGrath to the position of head coach as successor to Chris Silverwood

Bancroft has 'fire in belly' for Ashes debut - Klinger
'He is the most in-form batsman in Australia at the moment,' says Western Australia team-mate

Prior rubbishes Lyon's 'scared' claim
Nathan Lyon has suggested Matt Prior "wanted to fly home" during the 2013-14 Ashes because he was intimidated by Mitchell Johnson

England seek edge in Twenty20 future
With the Ashes lost, England would look to secure the T20I series to extend Australia's losing streak in T20 bilateral series, already stretching back to mid-2015

'Australia have got to back up their chat' - Vince
England's Ashes newcomers in the middle order, James Vince and Dawid Malan, are happy to let Australia do the talking in the build up to the first Test

Sussex tempt back Gillespie for coach's role
Jason Gillespie thought his days in county cricket were over when his family moved out to Australia but Sussex have tempted him back with a three-year deal

'Confident' Ball fit for Gabba Ashes bow
Jake Ball said he hopes he "can bounce a few Aussies out" if he wins selection for the first Test in Brisbane

Knight should have been not out in first T20I - MCC
The dismissal was shrouded in confusion, Knight first being given out, then not out and then out again

What England must do to win the Ashes
Tiring out Australia's quicks, making the Kookaburra ball move and holding their chances will be vital if England are to retain the Ashes

Brunt, Sciver make it 1-1 in T20I series
The Ashes may have been lost but England have an opportunity to inflict a fifth successive T20I series loss on Australia at home

Bayliss voices concern about substandard preparation
Trevor Bayliss has called on CA and the ECB to "get together" to ensure a better standard of preparation for both teams on Ashes tours

'We are not here to make up the numbers' - Bayliss
Trevor Bayliss has provided the clearest hint yet that Jake Ball has earned the final spot in England's XI for the Brisbane Test

Ashes won but T20I series still alive
Despite Australia having claimed the Ashes, both the hosts and England will have something to play for, especially in light of the World T20 in the Caribbean next year

England endure worrying toil as Sangha shows his promise
England almost went wicketless on their final day of action before the first Ashes Test as Jason Sangha and Matthew Short hit maiden centuries

Jake Ball 'a great chance' to play in Brisbane
It appeared Jake Ball's chances of playing the first Test had disappeared when he rolled his ankle in Adelaide, but he could still pip Craig Overton to the final bowling slot

England belief growing as Malan ton ticks another box
Dawid Malan scored his first hundred in an England shirt and though Moeen Ali and Craig Overton missed out on the chance to find form late wickets left victory in sight

Paine, Marsh, Bancroft in Australia's Ashes squad
Tim Paine, Cameron Bancroft and Shaun Marsh will replace Matthew Wade, Matt Renshaw and Glen Maxwell in Australia's Ashes Test team to face England at the Gabba

'We'll be ready for the Gabba' - Stoneman
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

Spin-heavy attacks a likelihood in Ashes T20I opener
Needing to win all three T20Is to claim the Ashes, England are facing a complication with the uncertainty around Anya Shrubsole's fitness and if she is unfit, the visitors could look to field a markedly spin-heavy attack

Stoneman hits century as England find their groove
Alastair Cook, Joe Root and Dawid Malan also hit half-centuries on a productive day in the middle, but the quality of the bowling was a world away from what will greet England next week

Stokes, Hales 'dealing well' with Bristol fall-out - Roy
Opener proud of how he rediscovered his form in the final two matches of the international summer, after an unexpected recall

Matt Prior's surprise recall
A former England wicketkeeper made a brief, unexpected appearance in Townsville

Woakes limbers up for Gabba with six-for
Chris Woakes' second spell of the day yielded four wickets for 15 runs, and his six-for took his wickets tally in two first-class matches on the tour to 12

Sussex won't be rushed in hunt for new coach - Andrew
Retaining young players is key to club's revival, says chief executive, Rob Andrew

England women reject Mott's Ashes criticism
The Australia coach had criticised England's slowness with the bat on the first day but spin bowler Danielle Hazell insisted they did what they did to try and win the game

Joe Root urges Australia to 'bring it on'
Joe Root, the England captain, was dismissive of the notion that England feared Australia's bowling attack, calling it "a load of rubbish"

Remodelled Leach happy to accept mention in Ashes dispatches
England have a spin bowler in reserve who has faced up to the biggest challenge of his life and come through stronger than ever

England in danger of being undercooked by weak build-up
Inexperienced opposition and slow pitches have given England very little taste of what is to come when the Ashes begins

Moeen takes some blows as he prepares for Australia's pace
Moeen Ali has declared himself fit and ready to take on Australia in next week's first Test at Brisbane

Renshaw wobble threatens Root reunion
Australia's English-born opener Matt Renshaw endured another Sheffield Shield failure that has raised doubts about his place for the Ashes

'We are building fragile bowlers'
With England's Ashes preparations hit by a rash of injuries, bowling coach Steffan Jones has called for a shift away from gym work and strength training

Mott critical of England's slow approach
"To bat with pretty minimal intent on day one when you get the best of conditions, to say you're trying to win the Test is not in my realms of thinking," said Australia's coach

Knight, Elwiss doggedly secure draw for England
The drawn inaugural day-night women's Test meant the Women's Ashes was in the balance ahead of the Twenty20 leg of the series

'Sixties aren't enough, we need 160s' - Bayliss
England's batsmen made five half-centuries in the warm-up match in Adelaide, but no one got past 63

Perry's record 213* gives Australia advantage
Ellyse Perry soared into rarified air with a double-century that redefined the Women's Ashes Test at North Sydney Oval

Garton called up as cover for England warm-up
George Garton, the Sussex left-arm fast bowler, is to link up with the England squad after scans revealed that Jake Ball has suffered a ligament strain in his right ankle

Perry holds Australia reply together
Ellyse Perry holds the key to Australia's fortunes on day three after England made steady inroads against the hosts on day two

Woakes gives beleaguered England a lift
Chris Woakes claimed four wickets as England closed in on victory but there were again concerns about the vulnerability of the tourists' top order

Anderson named England vice-captain
James Anderson will step up to act as Joe Root's deputy in Australia for as long as Ben Stokes remains unavailable

Australia fight back after Beaumont, Knight fifties
Australia used the swing on offer under lights to claw their way back after a 104-run stand for the second wicket had threatened to take the game away

Anderson shines as Collingwood fills breach
James Anderson and Mason Crane shared five wickets but an injury scare to Jake Ball took the edge off England's day

Another injury scare for England as Ball sprains ankle
The England quick sprained his ankle in his fourth over of the day and was ruled out of the second day of the tour match

Malan leads the way for England in sluggish contest
Mark Stoneman, Joe Root and Dawid Malan scored half-centuries but England struggled to capitalise on a slow surface in their day-night warm-up match

'Feel like my time is coming' - Broad
Stuart Broad has suggested England may have to "play on the egos" of Australia's batsmen if they are going to win the Ashes

Bayliss impressed by 'feisty' Crane
Trevor Bayliss has said he would have "no problems at all" selecting Mason Crane as England's spinner during the Ashes series

ECB seeks 'balance of censure and support' in Stokes case - Harrison
Tom Harrison, the chief executive of the ECB, has given the clearest indication yet that Ben Stokes could be back in England's Ashes squad sooner rather than later

Curran to replace Finn in Australia
Steven Finn has been ruled out of England's Ashes campaign after his knee injury failed to respond to treatment

Australia omit Beams, Vakarewa for day-night Women's Ashes Test
Amanda-Jade Wellington has been retained as the only legspinner in the squad for the four-day Test, which starts from November 9

Wouldn't turn down vice-captaincy duties - Anderson
The England fast bowler feels he has held a leadership role for a long time in the team, and will happily accept the position of Joe Root's deputy if asked

More than half a million TV viewers for third women's Ashes ODI
James Sutherland said the growing viewership numbers made women's cricket in the country the "single most significant growth opportunity" for Cricket Australia

Anderson marks red-ball return with four-for
England's first-choice seam attack gained miles in the legs and gained exposure to the Australian conditions, but they may be concerned by a couple of dropped chances

ECB changes likely to spell end for Clarke
A reduction in the number of board members and limits on director terms could see ECB president Giles Clarke step down next year

England start well despite Cook, Root failures
Alastair Cook and Joe Root fell cheaply but there were half-centuries for four of the top six on England's first day of tour action

'Mature' Overton in frame for Test debut
Craig Overton has described a ban handed to him for using abusive language in 2015 as "the turning point" of his career

Moeen, Finn to miss first two tour matches
Moeen Ali and Steven Finn have been ruled out of involvement in the first two warm-up games of England's Ashes tour because of injury

Johnson declines England warm-up invitation
Johnson, who turned 36 today, retired from Test cricket in 2015 with a tally of 313 wickets at 28.40 to his name

Lewis and Palmer join Lions coaching staff
Jon Lewis and Gary Palmer have been added to the England Lions coaching team ahead of their trip to Australia

Moeen, Finn undergo scans following injury concerns
Moeen Ali complained of a sore left side, while Steven Finn hurt his left knee during England's training session in Perth on Thursday. Both players underwent scans on Friday

Smith aiming to open up England 'scars'
Steven Smith has emphasised the importance of the first Test at Brisbane in Australia's attempts to regain the Ashes

Nash heads north to Notts
Chris Nash has signed a three-year deal with Nottinghamshire after begin released by Sussex last week

No curfews for England as Bayliss sanctions 'sensible' drinking
Trevor Bayliss, England's head coach, says there will be no curfews imposed on his players in the wake of Ben Stokes' arrest

Silverwood set to take England bowling role
Chris Silverwood, Essex's head coach, is set to be appointed as the successor to Ottis Gibson as England's bowling coach

Vince eager to kickstart Test career
Recall came as a surprise but James Vince believes his game is well suited to the challenge of batting in Australia

Royal London extend sponsorship of English one-day cricket
Royal London, the title sponsors of English one-day cricket, have extended their deal with the ECB for a further two years

Westley signs contract extension at Essex
Tom Westley has committed to the County Champions, Essex, for another season, after signing a one-year contract extension

Mithali Raj pips Lanning as No. 1 ODI batsman
Lanning's absence from the ongoing Women's Ashes meant she slipped from first to fourth place. Ellyse Perry and New Zealand's Amy Satterthwaite occupy the second and third spots respectively

England must show the maturity to repay Strauss's trust
Andrew Strauss, MD of England cricket, wants England's players to make their own choices on and off the field. Now is the time to show they are up to the task

Knight, Hartley help England claim first points on tour
England made the most of the opportunity to bat first and set a target that was beyond Australia's reach in a rain-affected match

Understated Foakes a world-class understudy
Ben Foakes has been described as "the best wicketkeeper in the world" but will travel to Australia as Jonny Bairstow's deputy

Woakes questions Australia's pace depth
Chris Woakes has highlighted the injury records of Australia's three frontline quicks, as well as the lack of certainty over who will keep wicket ahead of the Ashes

Get Stokes to Australia? Not so fast...
The latest developments in the Ben Stokes case don't necessarily mean he will take part in the Ashes

Two men claim Stokes saved them from homophobic attack
They have come forward to support the claim made by Stokes in the wake of his arrest, namely that he was acting in defence of two companions following a homophobic attack

Root calls for England to stand up in Stokes' absence
England are preparing to be without Ben Stokes for the entirety of the Ashes but Joe Root said they would travel to Australia hoping to "prove a lot of people wrong"

Team bonding vital for England in Australia - Pietersen
England's players must retain the freedom to make their own choices on and off the field during the Ashes, says Kevin Pietersen

Haynes, Schutt extend Australia's advantage
Stand-in captain Haynes blasts unbeaten 56-ball 89 to set Australia up, Schutt clinically dismantles England's threat with four wickets

Moeen agrees five-year deal to remain at Worcestershire
Worcestershire have pulled off a significant coup by securing Moeen Ali on a new five-year deal

Ashes reaches Wellington's Waterloo
The legspinner could be Australia's trump card in Coffs Harbour as they look to go 2-0 up against the world champions

Jack Taylor banned again over illegal action
Jack Taylor, the Gloucestershire allrounder, has been banned from bowling for a third time after being reported for a suspect action

England still a threat without Stokes - Johnson
Mitchell Johnson has warned Australia not to underestimate the tourists - even if they line up without Ben Stokes

Counties' concern over moving goalposts for new T20
The ECB has been forced to delay its plans to finalise the commercial terms of the new-team T20 competition after key aspects were rejected by the first-class counties

Warner admits 'regret' over Ashes talk
Last week, Warner called the Ashes "war" and said he wanted to find "hatred" in England but now suggests that may have been too much

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