The Ashes 2017-18

Bancroft seeks progress after long Ashes duel

One of the greatest adjustments a domestic cricketer must make in graduating to the highest level of the game is the nature of the way they are tested. In stepping up from Sheffield Shield to the Test ranks, Cameron Bancroft has had to learn to cope with repeated questions from James Anderson, Stuart Broad and company over four Tests now. ...

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Starc firming to play in Sydney ‘Pink’ Test

A recovering Mitchell Starc is a strong chance to return to Australia’s team for the fifth Ashes Test at the SCG, though he would be doing so over the objections of the former spearhead Glenn McGrath, who believes the left-arm quick should only resume bowling when he is “100% fit”. Having failed to recover from a bruised heel in time ...

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England poised to give Crane Test debut

Mason Crane looks set to make his Test debut in the final match of the Ashes series in Sydney. Crane, the 20-year-old leg-spinner, is set to come into the team in place of either Moeen Ali or Tom Curran as England take the opportunity to blood a new player with the series already decided and the whitewash averted. While it ...

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‘It’s a shame it’s taken until now’ – Root

Joe Root believes England “outplayed” Australia in Melbourne despite being unable to force victory on the final day. Thwarted by a lifeless pitch and another outstanding display of batting by Steve Smith, in particular, England had to settle for a draw at the MCG. But while that result at least ends talk of another whitewash, Root admitted to some frustration ...

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Warner tames the beast within (almost)

It’s a goddamn beast of a shot. Dale Steyn is steaming in; he’s already been flicked for six. Steyn doesn’t like batsmen when they’re playing and missing, who knows what vicious thoughts are going through his brain after the six. He goes fast at the body, but the body moves back, and slaps – more like a horse whip really ...

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Relentless Smith finds a fresh ally

As Australia ground their way to an MCG stalemate with England on a pitch that possessed qualities of indestructibility on par with a cockroach, the two men at the crease were suspects usual and unusual. Taking the hosts to lunch effectively 4 for 14, there was still a glimmer for Joe Root’s team, and they did not technically need to ...

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MCG drop-ins under review after bore draw

A deathly dull MCG pitch for the Boxing Day Test will be reviewed by the Melbourne Cricket Club after the outgoing Cricket Victoria chief executive Tony Dodemaide suggested the ground’s drop-in wicket square was overdue to be dug out and remade from scratch. Only 24 wickets fell over the five days of the Ashes match, with the overall attendance of ...

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“Amazing feeling” to regain Ashes – Smith

Steven Smith reflected on an “amazing” experience as his Australia side regained the Ashes by going 3-0 up in Perth and set his sights on inflicting England’s third whitewash in 11 years. After a delayed started due to damp patches on the pitch and heavy showers, victory was sealed moments before tea when Pat Cummins removed Chris Woakes to secure ...

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Australia regain the Ashes with Hazlewood’s five-for

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 this is Australia’s last taste ...

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