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England v Australia

2nd Test, Lord's

Australia make victory push after Smith-Archer duel

Steven Smith suffers brutal blows to neck and arm as Jofra Archer unleashes ferocious spell

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Steven Smith blow brings cricket to a standstill

The Australia batsman was able to resume his innings shortly after a sickening blow from Jofra Archer but it would have rekindled some awful memories

'I can't get on the honour board unless I'm batting'

The Australia coach insisted Steven Smith was okay to resume his innings after the sickening blow from Jofra Archer

England v Australia

2nd Test, Lord's

Miller: Archer proves natural born thriller

England's debutant shook up Lord's and knocked the previously serene Steven Smith off his stride

Johnson: Australia in the box seat despite fielding woes


Madness of Test cricket sets up compelling finish to Lord's drama

England's fragile top order was again exposed by Australia's attack but there is time for a few more twists on the final day

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second test analysis

#PoliteEnquiries: Any chance of a roof for cricket grounds?


Miller: England fall short as Root misallocates resources

Nearly half of Jofra Archer's 42 deliveries on the third morning were left alone - not that he was the man for these conditions anyway


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#PoliteEnquiries: ANY evidence that Root is a good captain?!

Melinda Farrell and Andrew Miller take your polite enquiries after day 2 of the second Ashes Test at Lord's.


Miller: England's batting maelstrom squanders another opportunity

There was arguably not a single player in England's batting lineup in his optimal position at Lord's - and it showed

Lyon critical of Australia's standards

Falling short of usual level a "positive sign we can get better" argues Lyon

England v Australia

2nd Test, Lord's

What is Woakes' best Lord's moment?


'More ready than I've ever been' - Archer primed for Tests

Ahead of his expected debut, Jofra Archer warns England not to expect 'miracles' but says he is ready for Test cricket

The Ashes 2019

2nd Test, Lord's

Nine years after debut, Paine back at Lord's for defining Test

Inexperienced but well-traveled in life, Paine chasing a victory that will help chart a more open-minded path for those who follow

Langer lauds fast-bowling depth but warns against complacency

Australia coach happy to have options in attack as they look to strengthen grip on series at Lord's

Stats analysis

Has Joe Root fallen out of the Fab Four?

Over the last couple of years or so, England's captain has not quite kept pace with Smith, Kohli and Williamson

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Why Steven Smith is ahead of Kohli, Root and Williamson

The numbers suggest he is breaking out of the elite pack into a higher echelon

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It won't be long until you see Moeen back - Root

Moeen Ali's England career is far from over according to captain Joe Root, who expects him to bounce back from his recent setbacks.


Moeen set for 'short break' after Lord's omission

Spinning allrounder was dropped after a poor showing at Edgbaston, where he was out-bowled by Nathan Lyon

England v Australia

2nd Test, Lord's

Nicholas: England's allrounders give Root options and flair

It is a happy coincidence that they currently have so many multi-skilled players

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No need to panic for England, insists Buttler

England "didn't play well enough for long enough" at Edgbaston, says batsman

Matthew Wade interview


'The maiden Ashes ton hasn't sunk in yet'


Specialist batsman Matthew Wade sheds the gloves and the pressure

Playing the Edgbaston Test without having to keep wicket, he was more relaxed than he has ever been for Australia and it paid off

The Ashes

England stumble

Alarms, but no surprises as England sleepwalk to a familiar defeat

The most depressing aspect of England's defeat is that so little of it came as a shock

#PoliteEnquiries: 5-0?


Brettig: For Edgbaston 2019, read Headingley 1989

Thirty years ago, an Australian side with a questionable record in England won at the venue they feared most

What's the strategy?

The Ashes 2019

Australia's plan: curb England's boundary-hunting

Coach Justin Langer explains why Peter Siddle was picked ahead of Mitchell Starc at Edgbaston

Switch Hit - Smith's redemption road

Alan, Butch and Osman are joined by Dan Brettig on the phone to discuss the Edgbaston Test

England v Australia

1st Test, Edgbaston

Nicholas: Smith's innings spoke of the beauty of human reform

He began his mission to make up for lost time in earnest against England

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Langer ranks 'best problem-solver' Smith above Kohli

It was not only great skill but enormous character on show, says the Australia coach of the batsman's twin centuries at Edgbaston

Butcher: Overjoyed for unconventional Burns' success

Mark Butcher, Osman Samiuddin and Alan Gardner discuss Rory Burns' 'unorthodox' batting style


Butcher: Smith is the 'Rain Man' of batting


The Ashes

1st Test, Edgbaston

Lyon and Cummins complete crushing victory for Ashes lead

England were blown away for 146 on the final day at Edgbaston to leave them with a host of questions early in the series

Lyon and Smith get better every Test - Paine

Australia captain Tim Paine praised Nathan Lyon and Steve Smith after his team's crushing 251-run win over England at Edgbaston.


Stats - Australia resurrect from 122 for 8 to a 251-run win

Stats highlights from Edgbaston where Nathan Lyon and Pat Cummins reached career milestones

England v Australia

1st Test, Edgbaston

#PoliteEnquiries: Is Smith in line to be the GOAT?

Melinda Farrell and George Dobell take your Polite Enquiries after day 4 of the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston.


Dobell: When England needed their spinner to stand up, Moeen failed

First Test feels like an ending, for these are the days when spinners must earn their keep

Brettig: Wade shines in Ashes on his own terms

Edgbaston innings was one many judges in Australian cricket would not have allowed him the chance to play

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The Ashes

Should Smith move up to No. 3, like Root?

But Tim Paine will have his work cut out to make a convincing case

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England v Australia

1st Test, Edgbaston

Brettig: Steven Smith too good for England, but also Australia

England play one intriguing Test against Smith and another rather different one against the rest of Australia

Johnson reveals how to get Smith out

Mitchell Johnson analyses bowling tactics to Steve Smith after Australia moved 34 runs ahead of England on day 3 at Edgbaston.



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#PoliteEnquiries: The ugliest hundred ever?

George Dobell and Melinda Farrell answer your questions following Rory Burns' century against Australia on the 2nd Day of the opening Test.


Dobell: Beauty in the battle as Burns shows his resolve

Rory Burns demonstrates priceless ability to remain unflustered after ball beats bat on his way to a maiden Test ton that seemed so improbable

Brettig: Australia's method offers promise, if not results

There were plenty of positives for Australia's bowlers, on a day where they created chances but had little luck

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Smith's Comeback

'I didn't know if I was ever going to play again' - Smith

Smith admits there were times during his ban for the Newlands scandal where he fell out of love with cricket

Brettig: Smith sculpts the stuff of dreams

A hostile English crowd, a dicey pitch, a rearguard ton and adulation for one of the greatest innings ever played

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1st Ashes Test

Dobell: Hold the obits - Broad isn't done yet

Left out of the side for three of England's most recent seven Tests, veteran fast bowler works harder than ever to improve

Archer given chance to prove Ashes fitness in Sussex games

Seamer to continue injury comeback by playing in T20 and Second XI game

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england's reshuffle

'Aussies should expect sandpaper stick' - Denly


Need to hit the ground running at Edgbaston - Stokes

Vice-captain opens up on post-World Cup 'come down', and stresses importance of putting Smith, Warner and Bancroft under pressure

Denly prepares for 'biggest challenge' in No. 4 role

Batsman says he will learn from the mistakes of his first international stint and avoid putting too much pressure on himself

Ashes build up


Nicholas: Are England ready for the Ashes?

They're coming off a tense World Cup win, an escape in the Ireland Test, and have battled top-order problems

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Butcher: Root at No. 3 won't solve England problems

Moving Joe Root from his position of strength only adds to the uncertainty around England's top four


Ashes build-up

Australia news

Exclusive: 'The first six months I didn't enjoy the job much'

Australia coach Justin Langer talks about his evolution as a coach, leading the team through a crisis and why this Ashes might be different

Will need mental toughness to get through the Ashes - Langer

Australia head coach Justin Langer insists his players are ready of Test cricket and expects Steve Smith and David Warner to not be fazed by an Ashes crowd.


The Ashes 2019

McGrath's verdict

McGrath's Ashes advice for the Australian bowlers

Glenn McGrath explains the secret for Ashes success for an Australian bowler in England


Anderson the key as McGrath 'sits on fence' in Ashes prediction

Australian great avoids usual whitewash prediction, but remains confident the strength of their seamers gives them an edge

'It's England v Australia but we'll still shake hands' - Bairstow on Warner friendship

Previous alliances - and battles - put to one side for Ashes contest says England wicketkeeper

Ashes selection

England news

Dobell: More hand-wringing as England try convincing Root to bat at No. 3

Team management want to promote Root up the order for the Ashes, but it will be captain's call

Archer earns Ashes call-up after star turn at World Cup

Stokes re-appointed vice-captain as England name 14-man squad to face Australia in the Ashes

Stokes will thrive on return to vice-captaincy - Giles

Managing director of England men's cricket believes added responsibility will help all-rounder's rise

Ashes selection

Australia news

'I wasn't as true to myself as I could have been' - Bancroft

There was little doubt that Bancroft had the hardest road back to regaining a place in the Australian team after the Newlands scandal

Time is now for first-choice Pattinson

The quick bowler has matured through a series of injury setbacks and is primed to make a telling impact on the Ashes

The Ashes 2019

Australia news

Newlands scandal ended reverse swing arms race - Paine

Australia skipper claims teams had been trying to outdo each other in finding new ways to manufacture movement

Stitches but no scars for Carey in Ashes hunt

In next few days, World Cup revelation will be looking either at a setback, or a continuation of his rise

The Ashes 2019

England news

World Cup over, England to head for Ashes training camp

Squad prepare to change format with Ireland Test on horizon, but key players will be rested after World Cup exertions



Lord's to turn red in support of Ruth Strauss Foundation

The former England captain got the idea from the SCG's Pink Stumps Day

Annual Conference

ICC news

Concussion substitutes set to debut in Ashes

If approved at the ICC annual conference, all matches in the World Test Championship will have the same safety protocols in place

Ashes build-up

Preliminary squad announcement

Bancroft, Labuschagne get chances for Ashes bid

Carey's made a compelling case to be considered as a specialist batsman; Smith, Warner set for Test comebacks

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