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Smith stands tall to keep first Ashes Test in balance after England apply pressure

• First Test, day two: Australia 165-4; England 302• Captain Smith helps stabilise hosts after England take four early wicketsThe grim-faced Australian captain battled away to prevent England from gaining a first innings lead in a Test match that has, …

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Ashes 2017-18: Australia v England first Test, day two – live!

Over-by-over updates from the second day at the GabbaAli Martin: James Vince avoids pitfalls of Ashes pastAdam Collins: Gabba fails to live up to reputation 11.27pm GMT Ah. It’s for the groundsman. FFSThat’s right, a farewell for Kevin Mitchell Jr who …

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BT Sport’s fine Ashes partnerships blighted by commercial breakdowns | Simon Burnton

Matt Smith and co had a solid opening despite a late wobble, while there’s an Ashes bromance in the air for Graeme Swann and Damien Fleming, but the adverts did jar a littleFade in. Interior, an extraordinarily messy room with a massage bed in the midd…

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James Vince avoids pitfalls of Ashes past to give selectors satisfaction | Ali Martin

There was nothing scary under the duvet for England fans at home after James Vince’s 83 prevented a repeat of Australia’s rampant start in 2013It was the actor Hugh Laurie who perhaps best summed up the mood back in England four years ago, describing h…

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Ashes: England close day one of first Test against Australia on 196-4 – video report

England finished day one of the first Ashes Test at 196-4 after a tight affair at the Gabba. Alastair Cook was caught in the day’s third over but Mark Stoneman and James Vince dug in for the tourists and partnered for 125 before being dismissed. Captai…

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Australia’s pace attack off to slow start as Gabba fails to live up to reputation | Adam Collins

A wicket more comparable to England’s pastures green initially muted the hosts’ fearsome quicks as the Ashes got underwayOpening days are overrated. In an Ashes context, we happily forget that they are rarely oracular but it doesn’t stop us retrofittin…

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England’s James Vince says Matthew Hayden will know who he is now

• ‘Comments like that give you extra incentive,’ batsman says of critic after 83• Australia’s Pat Cummins says Root dismissal ‘pretty much the dream wicket’James Vince said that if Australia did not know some of England’s less-vaunted names before the …

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Australia rally as England’s Joe Root falls late on even Ashes opening day

• First Test, day one: England 196-4 at stumps• James Vince makes 83, Alastair Cook out in third overFor a while it all went quiet out there, too damn quiet – at least for the Australians. After all the braggadocio in the build-up to this series, the a…

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Ashes 2017: Australia v England: first Test, day one – live!

Live updates from the first day of the Ashes series at the GabbaEmail Geoff here or Tweet him with your musingsRob Smyth: what England can learn from the Gabba in 1986Guardian writers give their predictions for the series 11.04pm GMT “Predictions pleas…

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Ashes call would be sweet for Mark Wood after pain of sugar injection

• Lions paceman has radical treatment on problem left ankle• ’I’ve never lived up to my own expectations or other people’s’Mark Wood has been told he could yet feature in the Ashes, with the fast but fragile Durham seamer having had sugar injections in…

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Joe Root: England due an Ashes win at the Gabba – video

Joe Root says it is about time England were victorious at the Gabba, the venue for the first Ashes Test. Australia boast a formidable record at the ground having not lost a Test in Brisbane since 1988, and England last won there in 1986. ‘I think we’re…

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Joe Root: England due an Ashes win at the Gabba – video

Joe Root says it is about time England were victorious at the Gabba, the venue for the first Ashes Test. Australia boast a formidable record at the ground having not lost a Test in Brisbane since 1988, and England last won there in 1986. ‘I think we’re…

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BT and Sky battle to keep England’s Ashes Unnameables anonymous | Marina Hyde

Joe Root is light years away from the visibility David Gower enjoyed and, away from terrestrial TV, some team-mates in Australia might as well be in a witness protection programmeAt the risk of making myself a hostage to fortune, it is very possible th…

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Ashes first Test dos and don’ts: what England can learn from Gabba in 1986-87 | Rob Smyth

In Test cricket there is always a precedent to inspire hope. In this case it’s the first Test at the Gabba in 1986-87 when an England team given no chance won so emphatically all the doom was transferred to AustraliaThe last one-off Ashes Test took pla…

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Ashes beginner’s guide: Everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask | Simon Burnton

When it starts, where you can watch it, who’s going to win and which are players to watch – it’s all here in our guide for the uninitiatedThe first Test starts in Brisbane on Thursday morning local time, or for Blighty-based fans at 12 midnight GMT, wi…

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Jake Ball confirmed in England’s first Ashes Test team ahead of Overton

• Seamer was declared fit on Monday for selection and Ashes debut • Root: ‘Jake has bowled well when he’s had opportunities on the tour’England have confirmed Jake Ball as their fourth seamer for the first Ashes Test in Brisbane. Ball takes the final p…

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Why Chris Woakes can be England’s danger man in the Ashes | Jason Gillespie

Australia’s pace attack are getting all the hype but Woakes has added a yard of pace to his prodigious swing bowling and can be a potent weapon for EnglandWelcome to the Gabbatoir, where for the past 29 years Australia have been unbeatable in Test cric…

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The Final Word: Ashes 2017-18 – Ellyse Perry interview and men’s series preview – podcast

In the first of a new series, Adam Collins and Geoff Lemon discuss the final T20 of the Women’s Ashes, and host an indepth interview with Australia’s allrounder Ellyse Perry. She talks about the ‘tidal wave’ of attention to and interest in women’s spor…

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Steve Smith backs Warner’s fitness and talks up Australian pace-attack

Glenn Maxwell has been called up to squad in event Warner proves unfitCaptain describes pace-attack as ‘just as nasty’ as that of 2013/14Steve Smith, the Australian captain, has given a confident appraisal of David Warner’s fitness ahead of the first A…

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Women’s Ashes success a turning point in public interest

Attendance and viewing figures show that women’s cricket is capturing the Australian public’s imagination like never beforeIn July this year, everyone said that the World Cup final felt like a turning point. You don’t get 27,000 people to a women’s cri…