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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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Steve Smith makes stunning catch as Australia boss Black Caps

Australia 416; New Zealand 109-5Hosts lead by 307 runs after second day of first TestSteve Smith took a spectacular catch and Mitchell Starc claimed four wickets as New Zealand slumped to 109-5, after Josh Hazlewood’s hamstring injury soured Australia’…

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Australia v New Zealand: first Test, day two – live!

Updates from the second day of play at Optus StadiumAny updates? Email or tweet @GeoffLemonSport 4.39am GMT Strewth, cobbers. Time for another fair dinkum true blue session of dinky-di Test cricket from rolled gold Perth Stadium. Hear the serried banks…

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Marnus Labuschagne hundred gives Australia control against New Zealand

First Test: Australia 248-4 v New ZealandLabuschagne hits third consecutive Test hundredMarnus Labuschagne’s third straight century put Australia on top in the first Test against New Zealand in Perth. After Labuschagne’s 110 not out gave Australia the …

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Australia v New Zealand: first Test, day one – live!

Updates from the opening day of play at Optus StadiumAny updates? Email or tweet @GeoffLemonSport 5.15am GMT 3rd over: Australia 8-0 (Warner 8, Burns 0) Warner gets busy from the first ball again, deflecting Southee’s straight and full line into the le…

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Tim Paine delivers as Australia captain despite shadow cast by Steve Smith | Sam Perry

The wicketkeeper’s leadership has been excellent, but there is a sense the captaincy indelibly belongs to his predecessorIt’s a common convention at club level – following a successful spell or knock – to exhibit disappointment at “throwing it away” or…

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No ‘canyons’ but lots of cracks for first Test between Australia and New Zealand

Perth braced for heatwave during series openerPitch likely to crack but won’t ‘blow wide open’Optus Stadium curator Brett Sipthorpe says Australia and New Zealand batsmen will not be confronted with cracks the size of canyons during the first Test in P…

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Australia find stability with unchanged team for New Zealand Test

Justin Langer plans same side for third Test in a rowThree-Test series begins at Optus Stadium on ThursdayJustin Langer is eyeing a return to the stability of Australia’s Test side from his playing days as the hosts prepare to face New Zealand with an …

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MCG curators ‘went a bit too far’ in adding life to Sheffield Shield pitch

Vic-WA match was abandoned on day two due to unsafe pitch‘We’ve got confidence for the Test match on Boxing Day’Cricket Australia’s head of operations Peter Roach says MCG curators went too far in their attempts to create more movement in the wicket. T…

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Glenn Maxwell returns to Victoria training, is ‘not far away’ from playing

Maxwell hasn’t played since October, citing mental health issues‘I think he is doing everything he needs to do,’ says teammateGlenn Maxwell has taken another positive step in his comeback from a mental health break, with the all-rounder training with t…

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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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Spinners ‘on notice’ as Australia stick with winning formula for NZ series

Bancroft the only change to squad which beat PakistanSelectors hint a spinner could be brought in to help LyonAustralia’s back-up spinners have been told to step up and be ready for a Sydney call-up after selectors picked a virtually unchanged squad fo…

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Nathan Lyon takes five-fer as Australia thrash Pakistan by innings and 48 runs

2-0 series win comes after David Warner’s triple centuryAustralia 589-3 declared; Pakistan 302 and 239Nathan Lyon grabbed five wickets to spin Australia to an emphatic innings and 48-run victory in the second test against Pakistan as the hosts swept th…

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Nathan Lyon takes five-fer as Australia thrash Pakistan by innings and 48 runs

2-0 series win comes after David Warner’s triple centuryAustralia 589-3 declared; Pakistan 302 and 239Nathan Lyon grabbed five wickets to spin Australia to an emphatic innings and 48-run victory in the second test against Pakistan as the hosts swept th…

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

Updates from the fourth day of play at Adelaide OvalDavid Warner’s triple century was a giant feat in a dull gameAny updates? Email or tweet @JPHowcroft 3.48am GMT 28th over: Pakistan 79-3 (Shan 46, Asad 16) Lyon sends down the ball of the day so far, …

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Like the greats before him, David Warner’s triple century was a giant feat in a dull game | Geoff Lemon

By their very nature, huge individual scores tend to come in one-sided matches or tedious draws on flat pitchesWhen David Warner made his unbeaten 335 in Adelaide, a fair few people felt inclined to present some caveats. The pitch was flat, the bowlers…

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Mitchell Starc shines as Australia close in on second Test win over Pakistan

Day three: Australia 3-589 dec; Pakistan 302 & 39-9Starc ends first innings with six wickets for 66 runsMitchell Starc avenged his Ashes disappointment to put Australia within touching distance of a big second Test win over Pakistan, before rain cu…

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Mitchell Starc shines as Australia close in on second Test win over Pakistan

Day three: Australia 3-589 dec; Pakistan 302 & 39-9Starc ends first innings with six wickets for 66 runsMitchell Starc avenged his Ashes disappointment to put Australia within touching distance of a big second Test win over Pakistan, before rain cu…

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

Updates from the third day of play at Adelaide OvalWarner passes Bradman on run-filled afternoon Any updates? Email or tweet @JPHowcroft 4.00am GMT 49th over: Pakistan 140-6 (Babar 63, Yasir 28) Yasir is riding his luck now. After escaping all manner o…

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David Warner passes Bradman as Starc wickets vindicate Paine declaration

Warner hits 335* – the second highest by an AustralianMitchell Starc’s 4-22 leaves Pakistan reeling at stumpsAustralia’s decision to put winning a match ahead of a David Warner potential world-record score has paid dividends with Pakistan all but out o…