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Ricky Ponting to join Australia’s coaching staff for World Cup

Former captain to be a ‘valuable mentor’ to squadGraeme Hick to focus on Ashes preparation Ricky Ponting has been appointed as an assistant coach for Australia’s looming World Cup campaign. The former Test captain will work with Australia’s limited ove…

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Bowling coach David Saker quits in latest Australian cricket shakeup

Saker leaves ‘in best interests of team’Troy Cooley takes over for tours to India and PakistanThe winds of change continue to blow through the Australian men’s cricket team after assistant coach David Saker tendered his resignation on Thursday, effecti…

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Mitchell Starc adds to Australia’s injury concerns ahead of World Cup defence

Paceman joins Josh Hazlewood on sidelinesExpected to miss tour to India this monthAustralia’s World Cup preparations have suffered a new blow, with Mitch Starc expected to be sidelined from this month’s India tour. The fast bowler is understood to have…

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England and Australia in trouble but whose distress is the more acute? | Matthew Engel

With England looking pallid and Australia showing only faint signs of recovery, this summer’s Ashes could be thrillingly closeThe traditional role of Poms in Australia is to accept graciously the humorous insults directed at the England cricket team, r…

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Significant win for Australia after year spent hobbling from disaster to disaster | Geoff Lemon

Mitchell Starc headlined several encouraging performances against Sri Lanka, but the Ashes series is still a long way offWalking past Manuka Oval on one of Canberra’s many circular avenues, with the heat still thick and the sun prominent at 7pm, you co…

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Mitchell Starc fires as Australia dismantle Sri Lanka and secure Test series win

Australia 534-5 (dec) & 196-3(dec); Sri Lanka 215 & 149Mitchell Starc claims 10 wickets in 366-run victoryMitchell Starc roared back to life with a 10-wicket haul for the match as Australia rediscovered their best to beat Sri Lanka by 366 runs …

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Australia v Sri Lanka: second Test, day four – live!

Updates from the fourth day of play at Manuka OvalAny thoughts? Email or tweet @GeoffLemonSport 10.47pm GMT A lot of angst on the timeline this morning about Jason Holder’s suspension from the final West Indies Test hosting England. He’s been an inspir…

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Australia set Sri Lanka imposing target as Khawaja hits form

Australia 534-5 decl. & 196-3 decl. lead Sri Lanka by 498 Sri Lanka 215 & 17-0 chase near impossible targetMitchell Starc has answered his critics with a five-wicket haul and Usman Khawaja looks to have retained his Ashes spot with a century fo…

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Australia v Sri Lanka: second Test, day three – live!

Updates from the third day of play at Manuka OvalAny thoughts? Email or tweet @JPHowcroft 4.48am GMT 27th over: Australia 94-3 (Khawaja 41, Head 20) Perera drops short and Khwaja’s on it in a flash, cutting hard behind point for his third boundary sinc…

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Kurtis Patterson notches maiden Test century as Australia drive home advantage

Australia 534-5 dec; Sri Lanka 123-3 (43 overs)Tourists trail by 411 runs at stumps on day twoAustralia swept through Sri Lanka’s top order in Canberra, capping a second day of dominance highlighted by Kurtis Patterson’s maiden Test century. Embattled …

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Australia v Sri Lanka: second Test, day two – live!

Updates from the second day of play in CanberraAny thoughts? Email or tweet @GeoffLemonSport 11.19pm GMT Ten minutes to go. Tim Paine has been in the nets. Got a first-baller at the Gabba, so he’d want to finish his season on a slightly higher personal…

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Centuries for Joe Burns and Travis Head put Australia in control

Second Test, day one: Australia 384-4Batsmen reach three figures after barren summerPaine reverses poor luck with bizarre coin tossIt took six Tests but Joe Burns and Travis Head have become the first Australian batsmen this summer to stake their …

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Australia v Sri Lanka: second Test, day one – live!

Updates from the opening day of play in CanberraAny thoughts? Email or tweet @collinsadam 12.25am GMT 10th over: Australia 30-3 (Burns 11, Head 1) Fernando is on the money to Burns first up, finding an inside edge that squirts away behing square, Head …

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Canberra’s 10-year challenge as Starc question looms over Manuka return

Australia’s frontline quick faces increasing media scrutiny, but advice from a former Test star, Mike Hussey, may hold the keyExactly a decade ago, inside Canberra’s colossal house on the hill, the cabinet thrashed out the final, vital elements of thei…

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Hosts Australia handed tough draws for next year’s Twenty20 World Cup

Women’s side to face India in group stageMen’s side drawn with West Indies and PakistanAustralia’s world champion women’s team will again have to overcome India and New Zealand in the group stage of next year’s Twenty20 World Cup, while the men’s side …

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Australia flog Sri Lanka in first Test at the Gabba

Pat Cummins spearheaded victoryBiggest Australian win in more than a yearPat Cummins has spearheaded Australia to their best week of Test cricket since the ball-tampering saga, dismantling Sri Lanka to flog them by an innings and 40 runs inside three d…

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Australia v Sri Lanka: first Test, day three – live!

Updates from the opening day at the GabbaAny thoughts? Email or tweet @collinsadam 4.53am GMT 29th over: Sri Lanka 66-4 (Thirimanne 30, Dhananjaya 11) So close! Richardson has been relentless throughout his two spells this afternoon and nearly got the …

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Wickets tumble as night falls but Australia remain in control of first Test

Sri Lanka 144 & 17-1 (six overs); Australia 323Tourists trail by 162 runs with nine wickets remainingTravis Head and Marnus Labuschagne missed out on their maiden centuries but still did enough to put Australia in command of the day-night Test agai…

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Australia v Sri Lanka: first Test, day two – live!

Updates from the opening day at the GabbaAny thoughts? Email or tweet @GeoffLemonSport 3.28am GMT 30th over: Australia 86-4 (Labuschagne 0, Head 0) Kumara is getting feisty. A chunky, barrel-chested type, he follows through all the way up to Labuschagn…

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Australia v Sri Lanka: first Test, day two – live!

Updates from the opening day at the GabbaAny thoughts? Email or tweet @GeoffLemonSport 3.28am GMT 30th over: Australia 86-4 (Labuschagne 0, Head 0) Kumara is getting feisty. A chunky, barrel-chested type, he follows through all the way up to Labuschagn…