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The curious conservatism of Australia’s World Cup squad selection

To stop England, in England, Australia will need game-changing power and flexibility – yet they’ve opted for neitherOn Sunday July 14, Eoin Morgan will hoist the glittering World Cup trophy high above his head at Lords (preferably in fading light, the …

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The Joy of Six: sporting ‘sliding doors’ moments | Nick Miller

Imagine England losing the 2005 Ashes, Sir Alex Ferguson managing Spurs and women’s and men’s football being equalAustralians wishing to hush the buzz of your average Pom (read: most Australians) will never tire of pointing out the only two Tests Engla…

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Josh Hazlewood misses World Cup selection as Warner and Smith return

Former vice-captain Josh Hazelwood shock omissionDavid Warner and Steve Smith return as Handscomb drops outJosh Hazlewood has missed out on Cricket World Cup selection while fellow pacemen Nathan Coulter-Nile and Jason Behrendorff are surprise picks in…

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England’s cricketers can rise above 2005, Brexit and lack of free-to-air | Kevin Mitchell

Former captain Alec Stewart sees talents on the rise, a rattled Australia side on the way and a home World Cup to enjoyThis summer could be the greatest in the history of English cricket, we’re told on an almost daily basis, when the World Cup and the …

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Australia’s World Cup momentum builds with eighth straight ODI win

Australia 327-7; Pakistan 307-7 Usman Khawaja hits 98 as Australia secure series 5-0Australia defeated Pakistan by 20 runs in Dubai to grab an eighth consecutive ODI win, their first 5-0 series victory overseas since 2008, and no shortage of World Cup …

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Australia bowlers deny they wanted to boycott Test over David Warner

Lyon, Cummins, Starc and Hazlewood issue statementBowlers deny claim made about ball-tampering scandalFour Australia bowlers have denied reports they were prepared to boycott a Test match if David Warner had been cleared to play following the ball-tamp…

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Australia bowlers deny they wanted to boycott Test over David Warner

Lyon, Cummins, Starc and Hazlewood issue statementBowlers deny claim made about ball-tampering scandalFour Australia bowlers have denied reports they were prepared to boycott a Test match if David Warner had been cleared to play following the ball-tamp…

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Australia beat Pakistan in fourth ODI despite Abid Ali’s century on debut

Australia 277-7; Pakistan 271-8Australia win by six runs to go 4-0 up in five-match seriesAustralia have defeated Pakistan by six runs to take a 4-0 lead in the ODI series, winning in Dubai despite a record-breaking century from the new opener Abid Ali…

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Pat Cummins and Glenn Maxwell blaze Australia to series win over Pakistan

Australia 266-6; Pakistan 186Australia win by 80 runs to go 3-0 up in five-match ODI seriesA spectacular return from Pat Cummins, yet another captain’s knock from Aaron Finch and a freewheeling 71 from Glenn Maxwell secured Australia a one-day series v…

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A year on from Cape Town: how far has Australian cricket come since the ball tampering scandal? | Geoff Lemon

Steve Smith and David Warner are free to return to a dressing room now fully aware of their ‘behaviours’ and ‘team values’ With one turning page, the calendar ticks neatly into place. It’s now one year since Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancro…

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Bruce Yardley, former Australian Test cricketer, dies aged 71

The off-spinner took 126 wickets in 33 Tests but is best remembered for a heroic 74 with the bat against West IndiesBruce Yardley, an off-spinner who played 33 Tests for Australia and coached Sri Lanka’s national team, has died after a long struggle wi…

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‘Nervous’ David Warner clubs 85 on IPL return to give Australian selectors a headache

Banned batsman stars despite Sunrisers’ defeat‘It’s a great problem,’ says spinner Nathan LyonDavid Warner was a bundle of nerves upon his Indian Premier League return but it did not show, with the suspended batsman blasting 85 for Sunrisers Hyderabad …

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Aaron Finch produces another ton in latest Australia ODI win

Pakistan 284-7; Australia 285-2 (47.5 overs)Finch hits back-to-back centuries in UAEAustralia crushed Pakistan by eight wickets in Sharjah, where Aaron Finch celebrated consecutive ODI centuries and Usman Khawaja extended his hot form. Australia comple…

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Aaron Finch hits match-winning century as Australia down Pakistan

Pakistand 280-5; Australia 281-2 (from 49 overs)Shaun Marsh also finds form in first ODI in SharjahAaron Finch and Shaun Marsh, two Australian batsmen subject to plenty of World Cup conjecture in recent weeks, silenced their doubters by delivering an e…

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Durham double down on Cameron Bancroft by giving him captaincy

• Decision comes a year after ball-tampering scandal• Western Australia duties mean he will miss first gameDurham are set to name their new signing Cameron Bancroft as captain for the start of the county season, a year on from the Australian ball-tampe…

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Shane Warne says revitalised Australia can pull off World Cup shock

• Return of Steve Smith and David Warner could be crucial• Former spinner believes team spirit good in Australia campA week after Australia completed a dramatic series victory in India by winning their last three matches, ending a dismal run of 22 defe…

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The Spin | How a pencil hitting a cigar box jazzed up early TV coverage of the Ashes

Hans Pomeranz’s thinking helped bring Test highlights to Australia and ignited his distinguished film careerWhen Hans Pomeranz died in 2007, the Sydney Morning Herald’s obituary described “a force in Australia’s film industry”. Born into a Jewish famil…

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Ashes could herald new era for Tests with names and numbers on shirts

• Series will be first in new ICC World Test Championship• England to face Australia at Edgbaston on 1 AugustEngland’s and Australia’s cricketers are set to wear shirts with names and numbers on the back during this summer’s Ashes – a first in 142 year…

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‘It’s almost like we never left’: Smith and Warner link with Australia squad in UAE

Pair will not play in series against PakistanBall tampering bans officially end next weekSteve Smith and David Warner have met with their Australia teammates in the United Arab Emirates to smooth the ground for their return to international cricket whe…

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Rejuvenated Australia head to Dubai with spring in their step | Geoff Lemon

The dilemma now for national selectors is where to fit in Steve Smith and David WarnerEven on the face of it, it’s a hell of a turnaround. In the early hours of Thursday morning, Australia became the fifth team in history to come back from a 2-0 defici…