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Ben Stokes backs Jofra Archer to help England regain Ashes in Australia

• ‘I don’t think I’ve seen a more talented bowler,’ says Stokes• Archer hit 96mph and took 22 wickets in his first four TestsBen Stokes believes Jofra Archer to be the most talented fast bowler he has seen and one who can help regain the Ashes in Austr…

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Stuart Broad warns Steve Smith of brutal return in fourth Ashes Test

• ‘Jofra Archer will be in Joe Root’s ear when Smith comes in’ • Archer eager for round two with Australia’s top batsmanSteve Smith has been told to expect a brutal return to the Test arena on Wednesday with Jofra Archer said to be eager for round two …

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Ben Stokes’s miracle Headingley knock sets Test record for Sky

• Broadcaster registers peak of 2.1 million UK viewers• Channel 5’s one-hour highlights package attracts 2 millionBen Stokes and the miracle of Headingley resulted in Sky’s highest audience for a day of live Test cricket, with a peak of 2.1 million UK …

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Tim Paine insists Australia will put Headingley hurt behind them

• Captain refuses to criticise umpire after England’s dramatic win• ‘We finished on the wrong side but that was bloody exciting’Tim Paine urged his Australia players to move on from the crushing nature of their defeat in the third Test.Having been flay…

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Jason Roy’s future lies in batting down the order, says Trevor Bayliss

• Surrey man has struggled as opener in Ashes series• ‘He’s doing a job for the team at the moment’Trevor Bayliss is not known to be an Eric Morecambe fan but when asked about England’s lineup for the third Ashes Test, the coach essentially claimed the…

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Ben Stokes warns Australia to expect more hostility from Jofra Archer

• ‘It’s a big part of Jofra’s game … he’s a frightening talent’• Steve Smith doubtful for third Test after being hit by quickBen Stokes has warned there will be no let-up from Jofra Archer in the remainder of the Ashes series – much as with Australia’s…

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England’s schedule could allow players to play full IPL season

• Participation in entire seven-week league is possible• Players have in the past had to return for home internationalsEngland’s cricketers look set to be granted full availability for next year’s Indian Premier League – a first since the tournament’s …

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Andrew Strauss has Hundred reasons for concern over English coaches

• Former director expresses fears at overseas appointments• Shane Warne and Gary Kirsten among coaches already hiredAndrew Strauss has expressed concerns over a lack of English head coaches in the Hundred, fearing it could have a knock-on effect for th…

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Jimmy Anderson out of second Ashes Test and doubtful for rest of series

England confirm bowler’s absence due to calf injuryAnderson also effectively out of third Test at HeadingleyJimmy Anderson has been officially ruled out of next week’s second Ashes Test at Lord’s as fears grow over his chances of featuring again in the…

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Ben Stokes says Australia’s clean-cut image will not last long

• ‘You want to stamp your authority with bat and ball’• Jofra Archer misses chance to prove fitnessBen Stokes expects Australia’s new clean-cut image to disappear once the Ashes get under way at Edgbaston on Thursday, with England’s newly restored vice…

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Cameron Bancroft’s Ashes return would be a great story, says Justin Langer

• Head coach hails opener’s revival after sandpaper scandal• Langer warns Ashes is like ‘being in the Gladiator movie’Justin Langer says Cameron Bancroft returning for Australia would be a great comeback story, even if the head coach has admitted his r…

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Joe Root ready for return to No 3 in England’s Ashes reshuffle

• Captain may move up to bolster side’s top order• David Warner suffers bruised thigh in nets for AustraliaJoe Root could return to the No 3 spot for the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston to shore up England’s struggling top order. On a day in which Austra…

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Pump up the volume: raucous Edgbaston hits perfect Ashes note| Ali Martin

England’s answer to the Gabba is an intimidating cauldron for visiting teams – Australia face a harsh opening TestA couple of miles south of Birmingham’s bustling Bullring sits the city’s very own bear pit, at least as far as visiting Australian cricke…

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Pump up the volume: raucous Edgbaston hits perfect Ashes note| Ali Martin

England’s answer to the Gabba is an intimidating cauldron for visiting teams – Australia face a harsh opening TestA couple of miles south of Birmingham’s bustling Bullring sits the city’s very own bear pit, at least as far as visiting Australian cricke…

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James Pattinson: ‘Every wicket is like a release … I need that feeling’

Australia’s feared right-armer is fit again after back surgery and will bring his abrasive style to this Ashes seriesThe fabled Australian attack that shared all but three of the 90 English wickets to fall during the last Ashes series could well be bro…

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Bayliss backs Morgan to remain England captain after World Cup triumph

• Head coach trusts captain for T20 World Cup next year• ‘The rest of the boys try and run through a brick wall for him’Eoin Morgan has been backed to remain as England captain for the foreseeable future after masterminding the World Cup victory that h…

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England aim to inspire youth in manner of 2005 Ashes – and share £3.2m prize

• Most of squad were teenagers when England regained the urn• Paul Collingwood hoping to end run as only major trophy winnerEngland’s cricketers will share £3.2m if they emerge victorious from Sunday’s World Cup final against New Zealand. But for Trevo…

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England are back to their best, says Eoin Morgan before Australia semi-final

• ‘If we don’t give it everything, we’ll be disappointed’• Australia’s Aaron Finch backs Glenn Maxwell to keep placeEoin Morgan believes England are back to their old selves and ready to deliver their best cricket under high?stakes pressure as they bid…

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England the ‘benchmark’ in one-day cricket, says Australia’s Justin Langer

• Coach Langer: ‘England are going to be really hard to beat’• Australia’s Peter Handscomb in for World Cup semi-finalJustin Langer, the Australia head coach, has lavished England with praise before their World Cup semi-final, describing them as the “b…

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Liam Plunkett wants Cricket World Cup final on free-to-air television

• England bowler wants ‘as many people to watch it as possible’• Sky viewing figures dwarfed by Women’s football World CupLiam Plunkett has thrown his support behind the idea of the Cricket World Cup final being screened on a free-to-air platform, sayi…