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Category: The Ashes

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My favourite game: England v Australia, fifth Ashes Test, 1968 | Stephen Bates

A Derek Underwood-inspired England – assisted by the Oval’s resourceful spectators – beat the final-day flood, clock and Australian resistance to start my lifelong obsession with cricketI was clearing out some old papers a while back when a small pink …

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My favourite game: England v Australia, fifth Ashes Test, 1968 | Stephen Bates

A Derek Underwood-inspired England – assisted by the Oval’s resourceful spectators – beat the final-day flood, clock and Australian resistance to start my lifelong obsession with cricketI was clearing out some old papers a while back when a small pink …

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The Spin | A bittersweet time travel back to Edgbaston 2005: why not?

The BBC is replaying the whole TMS commentary of the second Ashes Test from 2005 as live from Thursday, if you don’t have anything else onWho fancies a Proustian rush? Actually, who fancies three-and-a-bit days of Proustian rushes? From 10.30am on Thur…

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Pat Cummins: ‘Watching Ben Stokes’ innings back was best thing we did’

The Australian fast bowler recalls the difficult team meeting after Stokes’ match-winning effort in the third Ashes Test at HeadingleyThe mere mention of Ben Stokes’s name makes Pat Cummins shudder. “Oh do we have to talk about him?” he says with a lau…

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My favourite game: Australia v England, fifth Ashes Test, Sydney 2003

The Test was a dead rubber but it was cricket at its most compelling and signified England’s greatness to comeThe dead-rubber England victory was something of a ritual during Australia’s long Ashes supremacy from 1989-2005, a feelgood finale signifyin…

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Cricket quiz: the 2005 Ashes

It was 15 years ago but can you recall the details of that glorious summer for English cricket?More quizzes: globetrotting footballers, La Liga in the 1990sWho took the first wicket of the series?Matthew Hoggard Steve Harmison Andrew Flintoff Simon Jon…

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Stuart Broad ready for another Ashes tour after thriving in South Africa

England bowler is eager to supply more Wanderers theatrics after his 2016 star turn – and wants another shot at AustraliaFor England everything, even on the eve of this final Test against South Africa, is viewed through the prism of the next Ashes seri…

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Three memories of cricket in 2019

Following on from his reviews of 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, Gary has picked out a few moments to savour from 2019By Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogIt was one of the all-time great performances. Steve Smith scored 144 and 142 in his first T…

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Buy a classic sport photograph: Freddie’s humble handshake

The sixth of a new Guardian Print Shop series featuring classic sports images from the likes of Gerry Cranham, Mark Leech and Tom Jenkins – yours to own for just £55 including free deliveryDubbed ‘The Greatest Test’ – at least until Ben Stokes’ heroics…

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Ashes 2019: stellar images from an unforgettable summer

A look back at the fortunes of England and Australia across the five Tests, as seen through the lens of Guardian and Observer photographer Tom Jenkins. Click or tap on the images to read the captions Continue reading…

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Sacrificing Ashes for a World Cup win appears worthwhile for England | Vic Marks

It was not a perfect summer and the Test side requires work but Trevor Bayliss delivered the prize England coveted the mostAfter it was all over there were smiles rather than jubilation at the Oval and a few sighs of relief – from both sides. Australia…

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Ben Stokes backs Jofra Archer to help England regain Ashes in Australia

• ‘I don’t think I’ve seen a more talented bowler,’ says Stokes• Archer hit 96mph and took 22 wickets in his first four TestsBen Stokes believes Jofra Archer to be the most talented fast bowler he has seen and one who can help regain the Ashes in Austr…

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Five steps England must take to regain the Ashes in 2020-21 | Rob Smyth

To regain the urn in Australia in two years’ time England have plenty of work to do and no time to wasteIn the second half of the Ashes series, England’s batsmen hinted at a move away from “it’s the way we play”. They need to run with that mood – or ra…

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Ashes report cards: grading every England and Australia player

It was a series to remember for Steven Smith, Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes. It was one to forget for Jason Roy and Moeen AliBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogJoe Root: 325 runs, average 33; three wickets, average 41A shadow of the bustling batsma…

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Ashes 2019 overview: super Smith, sublime Stokes and a tied series – video

Six and a half weeks of extreme highs and lows saw the 2019 Ashes series finish in a draw. Throughout we’ve seen memorable moments from superb Steve Smith hitting hundred after hundred, to Ben Stokes’s incredible solo display at Headingley. An Ashes de…

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Jonny Bairstow’s role in the middle order is key to England’s future | Barney Ronay

The Yorkshireman was excellent behind the stumps again in the final Test but his batting position must be questionedIn the end a losing draw felt about right. England and Australia have finally left the building. Although at times during this fifth Tes…

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Weary Steve Smith is just for once unable to rise to the occasion | Geoff Lemon

It was apparent from his body language that Australia’s hero of the series was no longer piloting in perfect controlIn a tour match against Derbyshire before the fourth Ashes Test there was a version of Steve Smith who looked nothing like Steve Smith. …

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Ashes: Joe Root on Steve Smith, Jofra Archer and the tied series – video

The Ashes 2019 is over, and despite England winning the final Test of the series at the Oval the urn is staying in Australia. England were victors on Sunday, bringing the series level at 2-2. Root’s side won the fifth and final Test by 135 runs in…

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Farewell summer of sport 2019, you really were one for the ages | Sean Ingle

An enthralling Ashes series, Megan Rapinoe and Coco Gauff made this summer stand out, and provided sweet relief from the bitter cultural warSo, farewell then to this glorious and elongated summer of sport, which has captivated and enthralled ever since…

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England win fifth Test but Australia keep urn as Ashes series ends in draw

• England 294 & 329; Australia 225 & 263• Australia retain urn but cannot close out series winThe defining moment – we always have to have one of those at this time of year – came in mid-afternoon. Up strode the noble Stuart Broad from the Pavi…