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England’s psychological scars will take time to heal, says Josh Hazlewood

• Bowler took five for 30 during England’s 67 all out horror show• ‘If we start well again they might think here we go again’Josh Hazlewood fancies England will take time to recover from the scars of their 67 all out Headingley horror show as Australia…

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Joe Root says England will not make kneejerk decisions after Test rout

• Captain has no regrets over Jimmy Anderson’s selection• Tim Paine says Anderson’s absence boosted Australia moraleJoe Root claims England must avoid making “shotgun” decisions following their crushing defeat by Australia in the first Test and the cap…

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Joel Wilson is beaten by technology in challenging test for the umpire

• Record-equalling eight decisions overturned at Edgbaston• Joe Root defends the under-fire umpireJoel Wilson may welcome his switch to the TV umpire’s booth for the second Test at Lord’s next week after the Trinidadian official equalled the record for…

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Chris Woakes says England need a plan to claim crucial Steve Smith wicket

• ’We’ll look at a few plans overnight,’ says Woakes• Smith’s form looking ominous for EnglandThis summer’s Ashes series is only three days old but already the same question that vexed England when they last met Australia in Test cricket has resurfaced…

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Rory Burns says evening with 2005 Ashes winners inspired fighting century

• ‘I was ready to run through a brick wall,’ says England opener• Steve Waugh tells Australia batsman to watch and learnRory Burns tasted the sweet success of a maiden Test century against Australia after an evening with members of England’s 2005 Ashes…

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England’s Jimmy Anderson still has hope of bowling again in first Ashes Test

• Paceman managed four overs on day one before reinjuring calf• ‘There’s a chance he may bowl second innings,’ says Stuart Broad• Injured Mark Wood ruled out of rest of Ashes and seasonJimmy Anderson is refusing to throw in the towel on bowling in Aust…

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Steve Smith says after Ashes century: ‘I didn’t know if I’d play cricket again’

• Australia batsman reveals he lost love for sport during ban• Smith’s 144 against England was more than half his side’s runsSteve Smith shrugged off the boos to score a masterful comeback century that, combined with a series-threatening injury to Jimm…

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Chris Woakes delivers in Edgbaston Ashes homecoming for England | Ali Martin

The dependable England bowler justifies his selection for the opening Ashes Test to the delight of the local supportersOn a slightly showery first day of Ashes cricket, in between marshalling the humming hover cover and painting the crease lines, the l…

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I could name 15 more intimidating venues than Edgbaston, says Tim Paine

• Australia captain unfazed at visit to England’s stronghold• ‘Crowd and grandstand won’t play part in deciding Test’Tim Paine has dismissed suggestions that Edgbaston could have a detrimental effect on his Australia players in the first Ashes Test sta…

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England World Cup final place laughable four years ago, says Eoin Morgan

• Captain wants repeat performance against New Zealand• Aaron Finch: ‘We were just totally outplayed’Eoin Morgan admitted the idea of England reaching the World Cup final would have been laughable four years ago. But after his players swatted aside Aus…

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England World Cup semi-final is biggest game of our careers, says Ben Stokes

• All-rounder wants revenge for loss to Australia at Lord’s• Stokes: ‘Beating them is that touch better than any other team’Ben Stokes wants England to secure World Cup redemption against the team they love to beat the most, having described the box of…

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Eoin Morgan hails ‘fire’ in opener Jonny Bairstow’s belly after vital England win

• Bairstow scores 111 in Edgbaston victory over India• A win over New Zealand will seal semi-final spotEoin Morgan hailed the fire in Jonny Bairstow’s belly after the opener’s bristling century helped England sweep aside India and put their World Cup c…

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Aggrieved Jonny Bairstow takes out frustrations in cause of England win | Ali Martin

Bairstow may have misunderstood coverage of England defeats but the opener righted a few perceived wrongs with his centuryThere was something utterly inevitable about Jonny Bairstow notching up a century against India, even if the celebration that foll…

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England’s Eoin Morgan ready for ‘short-term’ risks with Roy and Archer

• Captain keen for Jason Roy and Jofra Archer to face India• ‘If it’s long-term [risk], then no. If it’s short-term, then yes’Eoin Morgan is prepared to risk tournament-ending injuries to Jason Roy and Jofra Archer as England strive to keep their World…

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Virat Kohli says England are struggling to handle tournament pressure

• England’s game at Edgbaston on Sunday is crucial for hosts• India captain says emotion ‘can put too much pressure on’Virat Kohli has diagnosed tournament pressure as the reason for England’s predicament, with the India captain having previously expec…

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Pakistan beat New Zealand to increase World Cup pressure on England

• New Zealand 237-6; Pakistan 241-4; Pakistan win by six wickets• Babar Azam scores century in successful run chasePakistan are making a late surge in the direction of the World Cup’s semi-final spots, with the winds of their victorious 1992 campaign p…

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Kane Williamson guides New Zealand to narrow World Cup win over South Africa

• South Africa 241-6; New Zealand 242-6• Willamson’s century ensures his team survive nervy finishThe World Cup’s first gripping finish ended with the result that may well have sewn up the top four with 20 group games still to come, as a Kane Williamso…

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England’s win over India in first Test will ‘close some mouths,’ says Ben Stokes

• Joe Root praises Stokes for putting his court case to one side• Man of the match Sam Curran: ‘I just played my natural game’Ben Stokes spoke of his pride at playing for his country following a spell of match-winning brilliance that offered the latest…

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Jimmy Anderson believes it is a case of Kohli’s wicket or bust for England

• Anderson: ‘I’ve been encouraged how I have bowled to Kohli’• Michael Vaughan: ‘Joe Root has to trust bowlers and stay calm’Jimmy Anderson said he would go to bed dreaming of taking Virat Kohli’s wicket as England look to claim the remaining five wick…

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Ishant Sharma and dropped catches leave Dawid Malan facing England axe | Ali Martin

India seamer shows benefits of stint with Jason Gillespie at Sussex to take five wickets and put England batsman in a sweatWhen strolling down to Edgbaston from the leafy boho suburb of Moseley one passes the adjoining Colts Ground and on the morning o…