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Jofra Archer says England’s Headingley heroics will hit Australian morale

• ‘I don’t think they’ll be too attacking’ says fast bowler• Archer confident of winning Ashes battle with Steve SmithJofra Archer has questioned whether Australia will declare again during the remaining two Ashes Tests as they struggle to come to term…

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Familiarity changes the way of Australia’s aggression, says Steve Waugh

• Former captain admits ball-tampering episode has had impact• ‘Side will be combative but they know they can’t cross the line’Mental disintegration is dead according to the man who coined the phrase but Steve Waugh insists Australia will be as combati…

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England’s search for ‘best bloke’ to replace Bayliss has begun, says Giles

• ‘Relaxed’ talks taking place with possible head coach candidates• English coach preferred but ‘we’ve got to get the best bloke’Ashley Giles, England’s director of cricket, said he has held informal talks with possible candidates to take over from Tre…

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Australia’s Josh Hazlewood ready to exploit English conditions in Ashes

• Paceman says he has plans for inexperienced Jason Roy• ‘It’s hard to bat five at a level below and open in Test cricket’Australia’s best chance of winning an Ashes series in England since 2001 lies in the hands of their bowlers. It is Josh Hazlewood,…

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Old schoolfriends Rory Burns and Jason Roy relish a Test together | Chris Stocks

Surrey’s openers, who have known each other for almost two decades, are preparing to face IrelandWhen Rory Burns and Jason Roy walk out to bat for England against Ireland at Lord’s this week, it will be a Test opening partnership almost two decades in …

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Boyd Rankin says disastrous England Test debut should not have happened

• Bowler hurt shoulder days before final Test of Ashes humiliation• Rankin says ‘dream come true’ to play for Ireland at Lord’sAs Boyd Rankin prepares to realise his dream of playing for Ireland against England at Lord’s he admits his Test debut for hi…

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Eoin Morgan has earned right to decide his future, says Chris Woakes

• England’s winning captain would be 36 at next World Cup• Suggestions he may hand over to his deputy Jos ButtlerChris Woakes says England’s players will back whatever decision Eoin Morgan makes over his future as the one-day captain after he led the t…

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England’s World Cup win must launch something bigger, says Andrew Strauss

• Former director of cricket wants ECB to capitalise on euphoria• Strauss says success of 2005 Ashes was not built onAndrew Strauss, England’s former director of cricket, has urged the game’s power brokers to learn from the mistakes of the past and cap…

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‘We enjoy being the underdogs’: Ross Taylor issues England final warning

• Taylor hopeful of upsetting odds in Cricket World Cup final• ‘Most NZ sides are underdogs. It’s something we’ve embraced’Ross Taylor has warned England that New Zealand will use their underdog status as motivation to pull off a shock in Sunday’s Worl…

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England’s Jonny Bairstow keeps his hair on after Michael Vaughan spat

The opener is playing it cool after his superb form led England to the semi-finals after a close shave with World Cup exitWith England facing arguably their biggest one-day international in a generation on Thursday, perhaps it should be no surprise Jon…

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England’s Jonny Bairstow keeps his hair on after Michael Vaughan spat

The opener is playing it cool after his superb form led England to the semi-finals after a close shave with World Cup exitWith England facing arguably their biggest one-day international in a generation on Thursday, perhaps it should be no surprise Jon…

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Jonny Bairstow blasts critics ‘waiting for England to fail’ at Cricket World Cup

• ‘It’s a typical English thing to do, in every sport,’ says opener• Pietersen and Vaughan led criticism after Australia defeatJonny Bairstow has accused England’s critics of wanting the team to fail as they approach Sunday’s must-win World Cup match a…

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England’s Jofra Archer to put Smith friendship to one side against Australia

• Archer played with Australia’s Steve Smith in the IPL• Jason Roy may well return from hamstring injuryJofra Archer has said he will put his friendship with Australia’s Steve Smith on hold when England attempt to get their World Cup campaign back into…

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Siddle: baiting Smith and Warner over ball-tampering scandal will backfire

• Pair selected in Australia squad for World Cup in England• ‘They weren’t the first and they probably won’t be the last’Peter Siddle has called for Australia’s Steve Smith and David Warner to be cut some slack on their international return, saying: “T…

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England opt against new opener in squad for fifth Test against India

• Chris Woakes and Ollie Pope named in party for The Oval• England openers unchanged despite Alastair Cook retirementEngland have resisted the temptation to blood a new opener in the final Test of the summer against India at The Oval despite the immine…

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James Foster warns Virat Kohli is key but do not underestimate teammates

• Foster runs rule over India ahead of Test series with England• ‘Kohli will always be a big wicket whether he plays well or not’One man with a better view of India than most in the run-up to the first Test at Edgbaston is James Foster, who kept wicket…

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England will treat India decider as World Cup dress rehearsal, says Wood

• Jason Roy struggling to be fit after suffering finger injury• James Vince likely to return to England ODI sideMark Wood says England will use the deciding match of the one-day series against India as a dress rehearsal for a potential knockout match w…

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England’s Jos Buttler expects ‘hard-nosed’ ODI contests with Australia

• Batsman knows Australia coach Justin Langer from Somerset• Buttler: ‘We go into the series very confident and excited’Despite changes in Australian cricket following the ball-tampering affair, Jos Buttler expects Justin Langer’s team to be as hard-no…

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Jonny Bairstow confident he and England can rise to South Africa challenge

Wicketkeeper-batsman is yet to taste success behind the stumps in a Test match but believes that will change in the series that starts in Durban on Boxing Day

No England player who took part in their side’s last Boxing Day Test, against Australia at Melbourne in 2013, will recall it with fondness. Jonny Bairstow, though, had a rougher deal than most and is looking to banish the memories of that nightmare after Christmas when the upcoming series against South Africa starts in Durban on 26 December.

At the MCG two years ago Bairstow had been parachuted into an England team who were already 3-0 down in the Ashes series and asked to keep wicket in a Test for the first time. Having played only two days’ cricket in the previous six weeks – in a tour match at Alice Springs best remembered for an alleged racial slur against Monty Panesar by the PA announcer at the ground – it was no surprise he struggled.

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Australia’s Ryan Harris a major doubt for first Test after failing fitness test

• Paceman ruled out of tour match against Essex in Chelmsford
• Long-standing knee injury flared up again after win over Kent

Ryan Harris is a serious doubt for next week’s first Ashes Test in Cardiff after being ruled out of Australia’s tour match against Essex at Chelmsford.

Harris was named in the tourists’ team overnight for this four-day encounter but was replaced by Peter Siddle following a fitness test in the Essex nets this morning.

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