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Australia streak ahead with New Zealand already playing catch up | Geoff Lemon

The tourists’ lack of day-night preparation leaves them to rue a poor start in Perth – and in the series as a wholeIt’s never very decorous to say I told you so. But when predictions are borne out to the letter, it would be equally smug not to mention …

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Morrison’s smoke and mirrors can’t hide cricket’s place in climate crisis

While bushfire smoke and extreme heat disrupt matches in Australia, the prime minister must offer more than photocalls In the last week of October, Scott Morrison got more involved with the Prime Minister’s XI match than most who have held the office. …

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Hopes are again high but history says New Zealand will choke in Australia | Geoff Lemon

The Kiwis will venture across the Tasman full of confidence for their Test series against Australia. But on past experience, this New Zealand team will suffer stage fright like the ones beforeWe are expanding our coverage of New Zealand. Please help us…

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Australia v Pakistan: second Test, day one – live!

Updates from the opening day at Adelaide OvalNew Zealand v England, second Test, day one – liveAny updates? Email or tweet @GeoffLemonSport 3.43am GMT 1st over: Australia 0-0 (Warner 0, Burns 0) During that delay, Warner and Burns were sitting outside …

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Australia’s men look to write new chapter as Test cricket season begins | Geoff Lemon

As Australian take on Pakistan at the Gabba for their first engagement, a longer wait has come to an endWhen Test match morning rolls around at last, it always feels like the longest wait has come to an end. No matter how many hours of overseas tours y…

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Australia v Pakistan: second Twenty20 international – live!

Updates from the match at Manuka Oval in CanberraAny thoughts? Email or tweet @GeoffLemonSport 8.21am GMT 2nd over: Pakistan 14-0 (Babar 12, Fakhar 2) Oh, gorgeous duo from Babar. The first two balls of Richardson’s over, one driven conventionally thro…

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Italy v Namibia: Rugby World Cup 2019 – live!

Live updates from the Pool B clash in HanazonoPool B: New Zealand stand firm in heavyweight thrillerSend your thoughts to Geoff on email or on Twitter 6.38am BST 18 min: Morisi breaks the line, plays in Tommaso Allan, but he holds onto the ball too lon…

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Australia’s Mitchell Starc takes seven wickets to blast out Derbyshire

• Derbyshire 172 & 112; Australia 338-5 dec• Australia win by an innings and 54 runsAustralia will be tempted by talk of a rapid Old Trafford surface to play Mitchell Starc in the fourth Ashes Test at Manchester this coming week, after the left-arm…

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Returning Steve Smith plays down impact of Jofra Archer bouncer

Suggestion bowler has upper hand for fourth Ashes Test‘He hasn’t actually got me out,’ says Australia batsmanAfter Ben Stokes blazed up the Ashes on the final day of the third Test at Headingley, the fourth match in Manchester could be as hot. Jimmy An…

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Returning Steve Smith plays down impact of Jofra Archer bouncer

Suggestion bowler has upper hand for fourth Ashes Test‘He hasn’t actually got me out,’ says Australia batsmanAfter Ben Stokes blazed up the Ashes on the final day of the third Test at Headingley, the fourth match in Manchester could be as hot. Jimmy An…

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No gain for Australia in putting Tim Paine in dock after Headingley loss

Australia captain will come under scrutiny because of tactics and use of reviews but his style of leadership shone throughThis isn’t a great week to be Tim Paine. Australia’s Test captain has always been vulnerable to criticism: given he first took ove…

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Australia’s reformed tampering trio return to good-tempered Ashes set-up | Geoff Lemon

On-field aggression has been curbed under Tim Paine in a concerted effort to alter perceptions of ‘the Australian way’Australia could not have designed a better way to provoke English interest than this: Steve Smith and David Warner, the headliners of …

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Pat Cummins: ‘In England you can always sense a wicket coming’

Australia paceman, after years of injury, is determined to make the most of this Ashes series and believes the conditions will suit himMost people in cricket know the Pat Cummins story. The teen prodigy, man of the match in his first Test aged 18, bowl…

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England v Australia: Women’s Ashes first T20 – live!

Updates from the match at ChelmsfordAny thoughts? Email or tweet @GeoffLemonSport 7.53pm BST 9th over: Australia 101-1 (Mooney 47, Lanning 50) Clearly Dennis Hopper has had a hand in this. “Once the team goes above 11 an over, the bomb is armed. If it …

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Cameron Bancroft’s recall shows Australia are desperate to make up for the past | Geoff Lemon

Selectors have given the opener another chance as they try to break the link with ball-tampering forged in South AfricaThere are stock phrases we get used to in Australian cricket. “Play his natural game” has been given a bit of a rest since the rank b…

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Women’s Ashes Test: England v Australia – day four live!

Over-by-over updates from the final day’s play in TauntonAustralia and Molineux turn the screw on EnglandEmail Geoff here or tweet @GeoffLemonSport 10.33am BST As ever, drop me a line at geoff.lemon@theguardian.com, or on Twitter at @GeoffLemonSport. …

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Five-star Delissa Kimmince states case for Women’s Ashes Test spot | Geoff Lemon

The Australian bowler never imagined she would be in the 50-over team but has now played a key hand in the opening two winsDelissa Kimmince isn’t the biggest name in the Australian women’s cricket team. She’s a low-profile character off the field, too….

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Familiar foes Australia and England prepare to do battle for Women’s Ashes

England will enter the Women’s Ashes hungry for a win after a victory drought over their Australian counterparts for the past four yearsAs England prepares to welcome Australia for the Women’s Ashes of 2019, there’s a powerful sense of déjà vu. These t…

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Why we can’t stop watching Mitchell Starc’s dismissal of Ben Stokes | Geoff Lemon

The Australian’s yorker against England at the World Cup was a rare blend of beauty, mechanics and context – a work of artSome moments in cricket you can watch forever. A delivery, a catch, a shot. Sport is mostly about context and story and character,…

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Australia need to show flexible side to give England a big World Cup problem | Geoff Lemon

Australia’s selectors will need to think hard over their XI for Lord’s with the knowledge that a victory on Tuesday could put a sizeable dent in the hosts’ World Cup ambitionsEven two-thirds of the way through the Cricket World Cup group stage we are s…