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Category: The Ashes

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England to play Ireland in four-day Test as buildup for 2019 Ashes series

• Ireland to play first ever Test against England at Lord’s• Public ballot to be opened for Ashes tickets for first timeEngland will play Ireland in a four-day Test match at Lord’s for the first time next summer in a warm-up for the Ashes series that w…

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Toss could be axed for Ashes series to reduce home advantage

• ICC looking to reduce home advantage in Test championship• ECB warned counties and MCC could form breakaway bodyNext summer’s Ashes series in England could be the first in 141 years of Test cricket to be played without the toss taking place as the In…

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England and Australia to start World Test Championship with 2019 Ashes

• Two-year tournament devised by ICC to decide best Test team • Competition is expected to conclude with a Lord’s final in 2021England and Australia have agreed to make next year’s Ashes the first series that will count towards the new nine-team World …

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England’s Trevor Bayliss embarrassed by Australian ball-tampering

England’s Australian coach a former mentor of Steve SmithBayliss has no reason to suspect ball-tampering at AshesEngland’s Australian coach Trevor Bayliss admits he is embarrassed by the ball-tampering shame which has engulfed his compatriots on their …

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Hampshire plan app for requesting replays and ordering drinks after Ashes snub

• Rod Bransgrove hopes technology can tempt Tests to Ageas Bowl• ‘We will be pulling out all the stops and intend to lead the way’Rod Bransgrove remains undeterred in his dream of watching an Ashes Test at his beloved Ageas Bowl, with the Hampshire cha…

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Trent Bridge misses out on 2023 Ashes but bags one-day finals

• ECB announces venues for internationals and T20 franchises• Nottinghamshire gets four Tests in five years from 2020 to 2024Colin Graves, chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board, opted to leave the room when the host venues for major matches w…

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England’s Eoin Morgan fears flight schedule will hit Tri?series campaign

England T20 captain says ‘we could have done with more time’ as Trans?Tasman tournament starts with matches in Hobart and Melbourne against AustraliaA quick game is a good game, and never is that club cricket adage more appropriate than when applied to…

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David Willey shines as England thrash Prime Minister’s XI in T20

• Prime Minister’s XI 136-8 | England 139-2• David Willey takes three for 32 and scores 79 off 36 ballsThe mandatory Ashes tour visit to Canberra ended in a routine win for England’s Twenty20 side as the Prime Minister’s XI were thumped by eight wicket…

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Sam Curran gets England T20 call as Chris Woakes calls for ODI whitewash

• Ben Stokes situation opens door for teenage Surrey all-rounder• Woakes urges England to keep their foot on Australia’s throatSam Curran has been added to England’s Twenty20 squad for the tri-series with Australia and New Zealand. The 19-year-old Surr…

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Alex Hales cherishes payback time for England’s trust | Vithushan Ehantharajah

Nottinghamshire batsman says he learned lessons from incident involving Ben Stokes and he is already making amends“It’s been a long few months,” says Alex Hales. England took a 2-0 lead in the ODI series at Brisbane, Hales pitching in with 57 in a four…

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Joe Root guides dominant England to victory over Australia in second ODI

• Second ODI: England, 274-6, beat Australia 270-9, by 4wkts • Joe Root 46* as tourists go 2-0 up in series with 5.4 overs to spareEngland came into this series wanting to win in different ways. So after a dominant performance in the first one-day inte…

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The Final Word: how to make an Ashes summer more compelling – podcast

Now the dust has settled on the Ashes series, Geoff Lemon and Adam Collins welcome broadcaster Daniel Norcross to dissect the last few months of cricketWith Geoff now recovered from a stint in a Sydney hospital – where he kindly gave up his bed for Joe…

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Move Cook to No3 and look beyond Branderson: how England can regain Ashes | Rob Smyth

A new challenge could revitalise Alastair Cook, wildcards in squads can help find the X-factor and the exits of Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad must be staggeredThe search for Alastair Cook’s opening partner has overshadowed an even greater need to fil…

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Australia v England: first ODI – live!

Updates from the opening one-dayer of the series at the MCGThe Joy of Six: Nick Miller on 10th-wicket partnershipsAnd get in touch with Adam on email or tweet @collinsadam 2.11am GMT We’re finally here. The series that England came 10,000 miles to win …

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Soporific Ashes series may have been attritional but it still sells with ease | Andy Bull

The dead rubbers were harder to enjoy but while English TV audiences were limited, the paying public in Australia lapped it up and the hosts will do likewiseAn enthralling Test finished on Monday, 7,000 miles from Sydney and six or so hours after the e…

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Trevor Bayliss assumes rather a lot in choosing when to depart England | Andy Bull

Just after being walloped 4-0 by Australia is not a strong position for the head coach to make pronouncements about how long he plans to stayThe career of an England cricket coach is like that of a politician: it always ends in failure. David Lloyd wen…

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Pace bowling and patient batting key to Australia’s Ashes plan coming together | Geoff Lemon

Darren Lehmann’s bowl fast, score faster gameplan failed spectacularly in 2015 but Australia dominated this series through spectacular endurance at the crease“Our plans worked perfectly.” You could imagine Darren Lehmann as a supervillain. That saurian…

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Pace bowling and patient batting key to Australia’s Ashes plan coming together | Geoff Lemon

Darren Lehmann’s bowl fast, score faster gameplan failed spectacularly in 2015 but Australia dominated this series through spectacular endurance at the crease“Our plans worked perfectly.” You could imagine Darren Lehmann as a supervillain. That saurian…

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Australia’s bowling riches can deliver an overdue Ashes win in England | Jason Gillespie

The pace trident of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins, supported by spinner Nathan Lyon, is a rare gift for captain Steve SmithKeep the bowling attack fit and healthy over the next 18 months and there is no reason why Australia cannot brea…

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Ashes 2017-18: our writers’ end-of-series awards

England and Australia jostle for the awards for best moment, match, and breakthrough player. Best player? Well, maybe the award should be renamedSteve Smith is a freak. To think he started the series with a supposed drought of international centuries h…