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Category: Ashes 2019

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Jack Leach: ‘To see how my one not out affected so many was a special thing’ | Vic Marks

The England spinner’s innings during a remarkable Ashes win at Headingley turned him into a cult hero, known even to those who do not usually follow cricketJack Leach has learned to take nothing for granted. He is England’s senior spinner while Moeen A…

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Jack Leach: ‘To see how my one not out affected so many was a special thing’ | Vic Marks

The England spinner’s innings during a remarkable Ashes win at Headingley turned him into a cult hero, known even to those who do not usually follow cricketJack Leach has learned to take nothing for granted. He is England’s senior spinner while Moeen A…

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Ashes 2019: stellar images from an unforgettable summer

A look back at the fortunes of England and Australia across the five Tests, as seen through the lens of Guardian and Observer photographer Tom Jenkins. Click or tap on the images to read the captions Continue reading…

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Sacrificing Ashes for a World Cup win appears worthwhile for England | Vic Marks

It was not a perfect summer and the Test side requires work but Trevor Bayliss delivered the prize England coveted the mostAfter it was all over there were smiles rather than jubilation at the Oval and a few sighs of relief – from both sides. Australia…

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Ben Stokes backs Jofra Archer to help England regain Ashes in Australia

• ‘I don’t think I’ve seen a more talented bowler,’ says Stokes• Archer hit 96mph and took 22 wickets in his first four TestsBen Stokes believes Jofra Archer to be the most talented fast bowler he has seen and one who can help regain the Ashes in Austr…

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Five steps England must take to regain the Ashes in 2020-21 | Rob Smyth

To regain the urn in Australia in two years’ time England have plenty of work to do and no time to wasteIn the second half of the Ashes series, England’s batsmen hinted at a move away from “it’s the way we play”. They need to run with that mood – or ra…

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Ashes report cards: grading every England and Australia player

It was a series to remember for Steven Smith, Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes. It was one to forget for Jason Roy and Moeen AliBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogJoe Root: 325 runs, average 33; three wickets, average 41A shadow of the bustling batsma…

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Ashes 2019 overview: super Smith, sublime Stokes and a tied series – video

Six and a half weeks of extreme highs and lows saw the 2019 Ashes series finish in a draw. Throughout we’ve seen memorable moments from superb Steve Smith hitting hundred after hundred, to Ben Stokes’s incredible solo display at Headingley. An Ashes de…

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Jonny Bairstow’s role in the middle order is key to England’s future | Barney Ronay

The Yorkshireman was excellent behind the stumps again in the final Test but his batting position must be questionedIn the end a losing draw felt about right. England and Australia have finally left the building. Although at times during this fifth Tes…

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Weary Steve Smith is just for once unable to rise to the occasion | Geoff Lemon

It was apparent from his body language that Australia’s hero of the series was no longer piloting in perfect controlIn a tour match against Derbyshire before the fourth Ashes Test there was a version of Steve Smith who looked nothing like Steve Smith. …

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Ashes: Joe Root on Steve Smith, Jofra Archer and the tied series – video

The Ashes 2019 is over, and despite England winning the final Test of the series at the Oval the urn is staying in Australia. England were victors on Sunday, bringing the series level at 2-2. Root’s side won the fifth and final Test by 135 runs in…

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Farewell summer of sport 2019, you really were one for the ages | Sean Ingle

An enthralling Ashes series, Megan Rapinoe and Coco Gauff made this summer stand out, and provided sweet relief from the bitter cultural warSo, farewell then to this glorious and elongated summer of sport, which has captivated and enthralled ever since…

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England win fifth Test but Australia keep urn as Ashes series ends in draw

• England 294 & 329; Australia 225 & 263• Australia retain urn but cannot close out series winThe defining moment – we always have to have one of those at this time of year – came in mid-afternoon. Up strode the noble Stuart Broad from the Pavi…

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Champagne moments have popped up everywhere in an intoxicating summer | Emma John

A scrapbook of cricket memories would include the miracle of Headingley and much, much moreThere has been some suggestion, when analysing the individual performances at the Oval Test, that certain players are looking tired from their long summer of int…

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Joe Denly sets sights on England winter tours after setting new Test best

• Denly battles to 94 against Australia at the Oval• ‘This Australian attack make you work hard for every run’Joe Denly hopes he has now booked a place on England’s winter tours after a rollercoaster match during which he has witnessed the birth of his…

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Joe Denly shows a wealth of class to prove Ed Smith’s hunch on the money | Barney Ronay

The England selector, Ed Smith, has his critics but a bold decision was fully vindicated by his former teammate’s imperious batting display against Australia at the OvalEd Smith doesn’t look as if he goes around punching the air much, at least not in p…

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Ben Stokes’ epic summer with the bat ends in polite fashion | Ali Martin

England are in charge of the final Test against Australia but apart from some feral behaviour it all felt a little subduedAt 4.17pm on Saturday Ben Stokes’s work with the bat this summer come to an end. Nathan Lyon, the bungling henchman to his superhe…

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Joe Denly misses out on century but steers England to dominant position

• Final Test, day three: England 294 & 313-8; Australia 225• Joe Denly dismissed for 94 but England build lead of 382Suddenly Joe Denly is a Test batsman. Actually he has been tiptoeing in this direction throughout this series, in which he has only…

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Jofra Archer says Steve Smith ‘didn’t look as nailed on as usual’ – video

Jofra Archer said he had a feeling something was not right with Australia’s Steve Smith on day two at the Oval. ‘It might just be my perception of it but he didn’t look as nailed on as he usually is’. When told by a journalist that Smith was flu-ridden…

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Steve Smith continues absurdly prolific run to change the mood again | Geoff Lemon

Australia’s awesome No 4 has been producing one of the most dominant sequences of Test batting ever recordedBefore this year’s Ashes the contest was expected to be two good bowling attacks against two brittle batting line-ups. In large part that has pl…