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Category: Ashes 2019

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Ashes 2019: England v Australia third Test, day one – live!

Updates from the opening day of play at HeadingleyVic Marks: openers under scrutiny in third TestAny thoughts? Email or tweet @JPHowcroft 10.13am BST Ali Martin was within earshot of Joe Root when the England skipper talked up his side’s chances of exp…

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Marcus Harris recall on cards for third Ashes Test at Headingley

Opener set to replace Cameron Bancroft in LeedsJames Pattinson also tipped to make Australia teamJames Pattinson is primed to return for the third Ashes Test in Leeds, where selectors are also poised to replace Cameron Bancroft with Marcus Harris. Patt…

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Archer’s pace need not faze Australia and Labuschagne has shown the way | Geoff Lemon

English morale has been lifted by Jofra Archer’s Lord’s debut but it does not follow that it has dented Australia’sThere has been a distinctly upbeat tone in English cricket during the short leadup to the Headingley Test. For once, the local bowlers do…

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England’s Joe Root on Jofra Archer, Steve Smith and the third Ashes Test – video

The England captain expects his side to ‘go up another level’ in the third Ashes test at Headingley. Batsman Jason Roy has passed a concussion test after being struck during a nets session, but Australia are without their star man, Steve Smith. Th…

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England and Australia openers under scrutiny amid Ashes uncertainty | Vic Marks

Jason Roy’s form has England pondering their order while Australia may juggle their bowlers again at HeadingleyAct III may bring some new protagonists. There are a few batsmen out there whose contributions so far have been akin to that of the second gr…

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England’s Jimmy Anderson takes two wickets in Ashes comeback bid

• Seamer bowls two spells for Lancashire second XI• Anderson returns to Old Trafford for recovery sessionJimmy Anderson bowled nine overs and took two wickets for Lancashire’s second team when he began his Ashes comeback attempt on Tuesday.The England …

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Fast bowlers have not hit a new peak – they’ve just reached a plateau | Andy Bull

There is a school of thought that bowlers such as England’s Jofra Archer are bound to be faster now, simply because of the advances in sport science – reality suggests something differentAt 96mph the ball travels from the bowler to the batsman in the b…

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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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England focused despite Smith’s withdrawal from third Ashes Test – video

England coach Trevor Bayliss admitted that ‘it’s not going to get down to necessarily one player on either side’ as Steve Smith withdrew from the third Test of the Ashes. The Australian batsman has been in outstanding form throughout the series but has…

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Ashes: Steve Smith ruled out as Australia try to fill ‘unfillable shoes’ – video

Australia’s Steve Smith has been ruled out of Thursday’s third Ashes Test following a delayed concussion inflicted by a Jofra Archer bouncer. Speaking on Tuesday, coach Justin Langer said that ‘when you take your best players out, it always has an impa…

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Steve Smith ruled out of third Ashes Test with concussion

• Smith not fit to play after suffering concussion at Lord’s• Sports minister says booing of Smith is ‘distasteful’Steve Smith has been officially ruled out of Thursday’s third Ashes Test at Headingley following the delayed concussion inflicted by a Jo…

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Steve Smith’s fitness doubt and Jofra Archer’s impact provide mood swing | Vic Marks

Australia’s key problem heading into the third Test surrounds their best batsman while England have a new special weaponThe respite between Tests is brief but at least there is some scope for measured decisions. For Australia the key problem surrounds …

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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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Jofra Archer’s duel with Steve Smith a blend of exhilaration and fear | Richard Williams

The physical threat posed by a fast bowler is a legitimate aspect of cricket and this was an elevated example of a hallowed genreWhile mulling over England’s tactics for what would go down in history as the Bodyline series, Douglas Jardine watched a ne…

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England unchanged for third Ashes Test while Australia wait on Steve Smith

• Hosts stick with 12-man squad from Lord’s Test for Headingley• Steve Smith will require medical clearance after concussionEngland have named an unchanged squad for the third Ashes Test against Australia which starts at Headingley on Thursday, the Eng…

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Ashes 2019: captains on Steve Smith and drawn second Test – video

After it looked like England were closing on their first win of the series, a fine 59 from Australia’s substitute Marnus Labuschagne saw the sides draw the second Test. Labuschagne was brought in for Steve Smith who was ruled out of the final day with …

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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 emergence shakes up the Ashes series, says Joe Root

• Captain says paceman has changed dynamic of England attack• Australia could be without concussed Steve Smith in third TestJoe Root said Jofra Archer has changed the dynamic of England’s attack and given Australia something to think about after the to…

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Marnus Labuschagne fulfils his role as being a great for the day | Geoff Lemon

The first concussion substitute in Tests slotted in so seamlessly that he reached 50 and was hit on the helmet by Jofra ArcherCricket does not like substitutes. Ring-in fielders come and go all day but not without muttering about how they are deployed….

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Steve Smith’s Test concussion reignites debate about safety

Brain injury charity Headway says batsman should not have returned to pitch after being hitThe fallout from the sight of the great Australian batsman Steve Smith being felled by a 92.4 mph bouncer, which led to him being withdrawn on Sunday from the se…