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Brutal Jofra Archer leaves cricket reeling from his Ashes blows

England fast bowler has hit 19 batsmen since his international bow and rammed the concussion debate into the spotlightIn the end, it took an act of God to stop Jofra Archer. A thick bank of black cloud blew over the Grand Stand at a quarter-past-seven,…

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Jofra Archer’s fire could be key to breaking Steve Smith’s dominance | Andy Bull

England’s intimidating pace bowler has put Australia’s batting rock into a hard place and their duel may shape Ashes outcomeAt lunch Lord’s looked exactly as you picture it in the dark days of winter. The sun was out, the sky was blue and the bars were…

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Jofra Archer quickly becomes England’s go-to bowler for all occasions | Andy Bull

After taking his first Test wicket the debutant pace bowler gave Joe Root the quandary of whether to give him one more overA quarter to midday, after two days and eight hours of play, the crucial stretch of the second Test was finally under way. Steve …

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Rory Burns counts his blessings amid England fragility at the crease | Andy Bull

Australia players taunt Burns that he is just lucky, but English left-hander simply knows how to exploit every opportunityThe way Gary Player tells it, it goes like this. He was practising his bunker game somewhere in Texas when “this good old boy with…

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Rory Burns counts his blessings amid England fragility at the crease | Andy Bull

Australia players taunt Burns that he is just lucky, but English left-hander simply knows how to exploit every opportunityThe way Gary Player tells it, it goes like this. He was practising his bunker game somewhere in Texas when “this good old boy with…

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England offer hint of Joe Denly’s inclusion in break from rain | Andy Bull

Outfield warm-up suggests Sam Curran may be left out while Australia replace James Pattinson with Josh HazlewoodSome summer’s day was this. After six hours of rain play was abandoned for the day at 4.15pm. There was not so much as a coin toss, let alon…

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England offer hint of Joe Denly’s inclusion in break from rain | Andy Bull

Outfield warm-up suggests Sam Curran may be left out while Australia replace James Pattinson with Josh HazlewoodSome summer’s day was this. After six hours of rain play was abandoned for the day at 4.15pm. There was not so much as a coin toss, let alon…

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Joe Root hits out at ‘substandard’ Lord’s pitch after England’s three-day Test win

• Root: ‘It wasn’t even close to being a fair contest’ • England avoid defeat but Lord’s groundsman under fireEngland’s bowlers will not thank Joe Root for it but their captain was highly critical of the Lord’s pitch after his side’s 143-run victory ag…

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Porterfield’s bad feeling comes true at Lord’s to leave Ireland with regrets | Andy Bull

Captain rues their missed opportunity for major upset against England – ‘the back end of day one was the best time to bat’A pitiless finish for Ireland, this, as sobering as a cold shower and a hot pot of coffee. For one brief, sweet moment, the third …

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Jack Leach makes up for England’s lack of leadership at top of order | Andy Bull

In front of some Tory grandees now with time on their hands, Somerset’s Leach applied all his skill to record his highest scoreThere was a bevy of merry ex-ministers at Lord’s, demob-happy evictees from the Tory cabinet – Greg Clark, David Gauke, Gavin…

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Tim Murtagh’s surreal spell for Ireland dishes out just deserts for England | Andy Bull

England’s collapse at Lord’s was orchestrated by Murtagh’s consistent deliveries at the Ireland bowler’s home from homeFeverishly hot as it was at Lord’s, it was a surprise to find all those melting clocks draped over the Mound Stand, the liquescent po…

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Lord’s the perfect venue for greatest one-day game ever played | Andy Bull

Where better for England’s transgenerational trauma to end than the home of cricket, pretty as a picture in the evening sunThe sun was out when England won the World Cup. It had just emerged from behind the freckles of white cloud and was shining low t…