The Ashes 2017-18

Cook taking Test career on ‘game-by-game basis’

Alastair Cook is refusing to look beyond the next game as he prepares for his record-breaking 150th Test. Cook, England’s record Test run-scorer, will on Thursday become the first England player – and the eighth man from any nation – to appear in 150 Tests. But while Cook insisted those who have suggested he was on the verge of retirement ...

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Australia quicks targeting key Root wicket

Australia’s bowlers are competing for the chance to take down England’s captain Joe Root, and have been heartened by Mitchell Johnson’s views on the touring side’s frail mental state ahead of the Perth Test that may seal the fate of the Ashes. Josh Hazlewood, who bowled the pivotal spell of the Adelaide Test to dismiss Root and Chris Woakes on ...

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Duckett ban fair game as Australia chase Ashes

Australia’s wicketkeeper Tim Paine expects Ben Duckett’s suspension to be raised as a way of distracting England on the field during the Perth Ashes Test, as he joined other members of the home side in denying their sledging of Jonny Bairstow crossed the line into inappropriate personal territory in the first match at the Gabba. Paine, who also revealed the ...

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England disintegrating like in 2013-14 Ashes – Johnson

Mitchell Johnson believes England have enormous mental hurdles to overcome if they are to keep the Ashes series alive in Perth, reckoning that Alastair Cook is contemplating retirement while the England captain Joe Root will be questioning his decision to send Australia in to bat in Adelaide. As the spearhead of Australia’s 5-0 Ashes sweep of England four years ago, ...

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Moeen calls on England to improve behaviour

Moeen Ali has admitted England’s “off-field behaviour needs to improve” after Ben Duckett was suspended for the remainder of the England Lions tour. Duckett, who was due to play for the England XI in the weekend’s warm-up match against a CA XI, was also fined around 1,500 and given a final warning over his conduct after he poured a drink ...

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Stokes and Hales in England one-day squad for Australia

LONDON (Reuters) – Ben Stokes has been included in England’s one-day squad for the five-match series in Australia despite being under suspension. Cricket – England vs West Indies – Third One Day International – Brightside Ground, Bristol, Britain – September 24, 2017 England’s Ben Stokes in action Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra Stokes is currently unable to play for his ...

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Keep calm and carry on, says England coach Bayliss

ADELAIDE (Reuters) – Coach Trevor Bayliss thinks England left some “scars” on the Australia team during the second Ashes test and can still enjoy success Down Under despite being 2-0 down with three matches to play. Cricket – Ashes test match – Australia v England – Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, Australia, December 2, 2017. England head coach Trevor Bayliss and team ...

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Confident Australia move on to Perth with urn on their minds

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia captain Steve Smith thinks England will struggle to get back into the Ashes series after losing in Adelaide to trail 2-0 heading into next week’s third test in Perth. Cricket – Ashes test match – Australia v England – Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, Australia, December 6, 2017. England’s captain Joe Root walks towards Australia’s captain Steve Smith ...

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